Council Grove Lake
Scenic Council Grove Lake has a rocky shoreline and an abundance of picnic, camping, boating, and hiking areas. During spring and fall, the reservoir attracts flocks of migrating ducks, geese, cormorants, and gulls. In winter bald eagles are frequently seen perched in the trees surrounding the lake. The Canada geese are quite tame and often allow vehicles to approach. The Canning Creek Cove area has a trail of eastern bluebird nest boxes along the entrance drive. Watch for the bluebirds in the spring. The shady picnic and campground areas have nesting robins, kingbirds, and orioles. Bat houses have been erected here and at several other places around the lake.
To look for wildlife in a different habitat visit the Council Grove Wildlife Area along Munkers Creek along the northeast arm of the lake just off K-177 highway (red dot on map). Watch for deer and squirrels. The narrow, wooded lane also provides visitors the opportunity to view winter sparrows, towhees, cardinals, and woodpeckers from the comfort of a car. During spring migration the woods along this creek may be alive with warblers, vireos, flycatchers, and other songbirds. NOTE: This is a dead-end road. The low-water crossing at the east end can only be reached by foot.
172 campsites total, 142 with water and electricity hookups.
Pioneer Nature Trail (0.63 mile loop); Richey Cove Trail (1/4 mile one-way)
The entities responsible for management of Council Grove are
Corps of Engineers (620) 767-5195; 5,975 acres
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks
& Tourism manages the
Council Grove Wildlife Area.
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