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Clinton Reservoir
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 bluf...
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Hillsdale Reservoir
Description: Travelers to Hillsdale Reservoir should stop at the visitor center at the northeast end of the dam. Many interpretive displays explain the lake’s history, recreational opportunities, and natural resources. (If you are planning to visit the western parts of the lake, be sure to pick up a map because the roads can be confusing.) Behind the center, bird feeders attract resident sparrows, juncos, woodpeckers, and chickadees.

Wildlife to Watch: Look for fox squirrels, white-tailed deer, woodland birds, and a couple of the most respected reptiles in eastern Kansas: the venomous timber rattlesnake and the copperhead. Flocks of ducks, geese, pelicans, and gulls are seen on the lake during migrations. Late November may bring large flocks of snow geese. At the bridge over Little Bull Creek, scan the flooded timber for wintering bald eagles. Throughout the year, look for cormorants, gulls, grebes, and ducks. A great blue heron nesting colony is visible to the west from the Rock Creek Bridge. With binoculars and a spotting scope, approximately 50 large stick nests can be seen in the tallest sycamores growing from the creek bottom about 0.5 miles away.

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Other Activities: The 0.75-mile Hidden Spring Nature Trail, which begins at the visitor center, takes hikers through an oak-hickory forest.

Ownership: USACE and KDWP 
Size: 13,100 acres 
Closest Town: Hillsdale

RestroomsParkingTent CampingHikingPicnic tablesBoat LaunchVisitor CenterDrinking Water

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Copperhead - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
From the intersection of U.S. 169 and K-68, north or Paola, drive 3 miles north to 255th Street. The Hillsdale Reservoir Visitor Center lies 3.2 miles west of this intersection through the town of Hillsdale.

For more information call (913) 783-4366, or(913) 783-4507.

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Hillsdale Reservoir : Wildlife Viewing Area