|Description: Home of the bald eagle! In 1989 Clinton Reservoir generated statewide headlines when a pair of bald eagles nested in the Deer Creek arm of the reservoir. This was the first nesting in Kansas since pioneer days. The birds have returned annually to the highly protected aerie. Hie limestone bluffs, clear water, wooded shorelines, tallgrass prairie, croplands, and miles of hiking and camping trails make this one of the most remarkable recreation and wildlife-viewing sites in Kansas. Start your visit at the Corps of Engineers Information Center. The prairie blooms from spring to fall with prairie violets, Missouri evening primrose, leadplant, butterfly milkweed, Baldwin ironweed, and dozens of other wildflowers.|
Wildlife to Watch: Bullfrogs and painted turtles are found in the wetlands in summer. Look for slender glass lizards along the bluebird trail. Squirrels, foxes, coyotes, white-tailed deer, bobcats, beaver, and mink are sighted year-round. Nesting birds include Canada geese, wood ducks, red-bellied woodpeckers, rose-breasted grosbeaks, mourning doves, eastern bluebirds, red-tailed hawks, and American kestrels.
Special Tips: Maps, hiking and horse trail information, and Backwoods Nature Trail guides are available in the Corps of Engineers Information Center, just north of the dam. Parking permits, camping information, and the wildlife area map can be obtained from the Clinton State Park Office, about 1-mile west of the Corps center.
Other Activities: A walk on the Backwoods Nature Trail will give you the opportunity to learn about the natural history of this area.
Visit the dam and its overlook on the north end, drive through the Clinton Wildlife Area in the upper reaches of the reservoir, and walk the various hiking trails.
Ownership: USACE and KDWP
Size: 18,856 acres
Closest Town: Lawrence
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