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Baker Wetlands and Kansas Museum of Natural History
Baker Wetlands, which has been designated by the National Park Service as a National Natural Landmark, is important habitat for the sensitive northern crawfish frog. Located just south of Lawrence, Baker Wetlands is part of the Wakarusa River bottomlands. The north half of the site is wetland. ...
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Lawrence Riverfront Plaza
Description: Shopping for eagles? A visit to the Lawrence Riverfront Plaza from November through March offers unique close-up views of wintering bald eagles. The plaza is located on the south bank of the Kansas River in downtown Lawrence. Through large windows on the north side of the mall you can see eagles feeding below the Bowersock Dam waterfall and perching on riverbank cottonwood trees as close as 20 feet. The Bowersock Mill and Power Plant above the dam divers, warms, then returns the river water, making it free of ice, even in the coldest winters. When area reservoirs freeze in January and February, the site below the dam is often the only open water in the region and frequently attracts as many as 40 bald eagles. There are usually a half a dozen or more eagles at the plaza during the winter. The best time to view them is early in the day. Because of the bald eagles, special conditions were set for the construction and management of the plaza, including restricted use of the promenade during winter. With impact to eagles minimized, there is a tremendous educational and viewing opportunity within a comfortable controlled winter climate.

Wildlife to Watch: Bald Eagles.

Special Tips: Come early in the morning

Ownership: Lawrence Riverfront Plaza 
Size: 1 acre 
Closest Town: Lawrence

ParkingHandicap Accessible

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Bald Eagle - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
The Lawrence Riverfront Plaza is located at 6th and Massachusetts in downtown Lawrence.

For more information call (785) 832-3540.

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Lawrence Riverfront Plaza : Wildlife Viewing Area