One of the most diverse habitats in Kansas, the Baker Wetlands encompasses 927 acres of land along the Wakarusa River on the southern edge of Lawrence. People have identified 278 species of birds, 98 other vertebrate species, and 487 plant species at the Wetlands. Walking trails, including several boardwalks, crisscross the area, and there is a beautiful interpretive center open to the public.
To learn more, visit the Baker Wetlands website.
The Baldwin Woods is considered one of the westernmost examples of an eastern deciduous forest in the state. With mature oaks and hickories and a well-developed understory, the area is quite distinct from other wooded areas in the county.
Main Species: Warblers, vireos, thrushes, flycatchers, woodpeckers
Notable Species: Kentucky Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Summer Tanager, Pileated Woodpecker, Acadian Flycatcher
Best Time to Go: Spring brings pulses of migrants through the area and the fall features some of the best autumn colors to be found in Douglas County. Be warned, however, about the period from late May until the first fall frost because ticks are abundant.
Directions: E 1700 Road passes right through the woods two miles north of Baldwin City. The Baldwin Woods includes several protected areas and the Ivan L. Boyd Woods and Douglas State Fishing Lake are accessible to the public. The Ivan L. Boyd Woods is between E 1700 Road and E 1750 Road on the south side of N 500 Road. The Douglas State Fishing Lake is just to the east and can be accessed via E 1814 Road off of N 500 Road.