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.