Herington City Lakes
- Photo by Jim Mason
|These two Flint Hills lakes-Lake Herington and Herington Reservoir-are just
southwest of the city of
Herington. The shallow south end of Lake
Herington has an extensive cattail marsh with several snags. Herington
Reservoir has an abundance of standing timber also in its shallow end. The
surrounding land comprises native tallgrass prairie and cropland.
Best birding is
during spring and fall migrations. Ducks to watch for include redhead, lesser scaup,
mallard, green-winged teal, common goldeneye, and bufflehead. Migrating yellow-headed
blackbirds and pelicans frequently stop over. Sandpipers and plovers can be seen on the
mudflats. During spring and fall, ospreys fish the waters. Great blue herons are seen in
the shallows, and double-crested cormorants are frequently sighted on the snags and
standing timbers. Look for red-winged blackbirds in the cattails. Mourning doves,
scissor-tailed flycatchers, eastern meadowlarks, dickcissels, and grasshopper
sparrows are common in the grasslands. From April to
July, look around the residences adjoining Lake Herington for Purple Martins.
Many people have erected martin houses here.
Wild turkeys, white-tailed deer, opossums, and raccoons are often seen at
dusk and dawn.
|Picnic shelters, grills, pit toilets|
camping at Herington Reservoir in designated camping areas only; User fee required
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No developed trails.
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|Directions: From the four-way stop at the
junction of U.S. 77 and U.S. 56, travel 0.6 mile west on U.S. 56 (Trapp Street) to
Broadway, then 0.2 miles north to Walnut Street. Take Walnut
west 1.3 mile to the T
intersection, then follow 500 Ave. southwest 1.2 miles to Lake Herington.
Go on across the dam and the entrance to Herington Reservoir is 1 mile farther
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The entity responsible for management of Herington City
Lakes is the City of Herington. If you
have specific questions about use or management of this site, contact them
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