Wyandotte County Lake
Wyandotte County Lake is a hidden gem located in Kansas City, Kansas, not far from the Kansas Speedway and Legends Shopping Center. The lake is part of a 1500 acre park located in the hills overlooking the Missouri River. With the 400 acre lake as its centerpiece the Wyandotte County Lake Park offers numerous recreational options as well as some excellent photography opportunities.
Located within the park are 16 shelters, most of which have water, electricity, playground equipment and restrooms. There is also a marina on the lake, which is a popular fishing spot for area residents. The area around the lake heavily wooded with oak, hickory and sycamores and contains a Bridle Trail of almost nine miles that provides hiking, mountain biking or horseback riding opportunities in the area. The first time you visit the lake you might want to stop by the Administration Building near the south entrance to the park to pick up a map and information.
A nice paved road winds around the lake through the wooded hillsides and provides several good opportunities to photograph wildlife as well as numerous scenic views. Originally constructed in the 1930’s by the WPA (Works Progress Administration) the park features several original stone buildings and has some nice stone and timber guardrails that line the winding road around the lake.
In a cove on the Northwest part of the lake is a stone marina and boathouse that were part of the WPA project. Also on the west side of the lake you will find the Mr. & Mrs. F. L. Schlagle Library and Environmental Learning Center. This cooperative effort is one of only two public library environmental learning centers in the United States. The library is open year-round and features interactive displays of interest to all ages. From the library you can explore the half mile Stotler Cove Nature Trail which is a great place for bird watching and photography.
Over on the East side of the lake you will find the James. P. Davis Reception Hall. This large stone building was built by the WPA and features a banquet hall with a capacity of 150 people that is available for weddings and special events
Also on the east side of the lake you will also find a one way dirt/gravel road that takes you on a short loop along the shoreline before meeting back up with the payment near shelter 7. Most of the deer photos in my Wyandotte County Lake gallery were taken in the areas of shelters 7 and 5.
Wyandotte County Lake and Park is especially beautiful in the fall when the leaves have changed color. There are several overlooks and pull outs around the lake that allow you to capture the fall colors in all their glory and two overlooks near the dam offer a spectacular view of the Missouri River valley below.
Beautiful in all four seasons the nice paved road around the lake offers a great place for a leisurely drive and offers several good places to photograph your classic car or motorcycle. The lake and surrounding park offer are a great place to photograph wildlife and landscapes or serve as nice backdrop for family or senior pictures.
Canadian Geese, several species of ducks as well as shorebirds and white-tailed deer are common sights as one explores the area. You might even catch a glimpse of a wild turkey or some other type of wildlife as well.
Wyandotte County Lake and Park is a great getaway located right in Kansas City, Kansas and is worth the visit in any season but is very spectacular during the fall when the leaves have changed colors and the hills are alive with color.
Wyandotte County Lake and Park Image Gallery