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Weston Bend Bottomlands
Lewis and Clark watched wildlife here! Weston Bend, alongside the Missouri River below the limestone bluffs that anchor Fort Leavenworth, is one of the best examples of riparian bottomlands in Kansas. Before the construction of dikes, jetties, and leavees, the Missouri meandered between the eas...
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Brown State Fishing Lake
Description: Brown State Fishing Lake is set in the Glaciated Region. Surrounding fields of winter wheat and corn stubble help feed thousands of snow geese from November through January. Controlled burning of the native bluestem prairie helps optimize the balance of brush and grass necessary for bobwhite quail and ring-necked pheasant. Post-burn wildflowers are spectacular, as are the butterflies they attract.

Wildlife to Watch: Signs of beaver and muskrat can be found around the lake and the three streams feeding it. In spring and fall, waterfowl and shorebirds are common on the lake and on the mudflats of shallow coves. Migrant songbirds are numerous. Tracks of white-tailed deer, bobcats, mink, skunks, and opossums can be found in the mud along the shores.

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Ownership: KDWP 
Size: 189 acres 
Closest Town: Hiawatha

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Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Beaver - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
Travel 9 miles east of Hiawatha on U.S. 36. Turn north, then immediately turn west, and drive 0.8 miles to the lake.

For more information call (785) 273-6740.

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Brown State Fishing Lake : Wildlife Viewing Area