Milford Lake

View overlooking the upper end of Milford Lake
View from the overlook at the Steve Lloyd Wetlands
- All Photos by Jim Mason

The Milford Lake region contains several areas of interest for wildlife watchers.  The entire reservoir plays host to a variety of aquatic birds. They can be observed from Milford State Park, Milford Wildlife Area, the reservoir dam, or any of the numerous access points.

Great blue herons are most visible in the summer. Spring and fall migrations bring the largest numbers of ducks, geese, pelicans, and ospreys. During winter, bald eagles and some waterfowl are always present. The dam provides a good vantage point for scanning the area.

View in the underwater diorama View in the wetlands/uplands diorama
Two views of the outstanding diorama displays in the Milford Nature Center.

Below the dam are Milford Nature Center and Milford Fish Hatchery. Tours are available by appointment only. The Tallgrass Nature Trail begins at the nature center. A backyard habitat demonstration area features seasonal songbirds and butterflies. While hiking the trail, watch for beaver, wood ducks, pheasants, quail, herons, kingfishers, and during the summer, numerous six-lined racerunner lizards. The nature center and hatchery are open Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 4:30 PM. From April through October, the weekend hours are from 1 PM to 5 PM.  Programs and tours can be scheduled by calling (785) 238-5323.

While in the area, also visit the Kansas Landscape Arboretum, near Wakefield
at the upper end of the lake on the west side

bulletUser fees.  Restrooms, Showers, Boat Ramps, Swimming Beach,
Playground, Water available, Picnic tables, Shelter buildings, Cabins.

Camping iconHundreds of utility campsites and primitive campsites,  8 Cabins (make a reservation online).

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Trail icon Tallgrass Nature Trail (0.5 mile loop); Wood Duck Trail (2 mile loop - includes the first);
Waterfall Trail (0.6 mile loop); Crystal Trail (2.5 mile loop); Eagle Ridge Equestrian Trail (5.7 mile loop).

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Location in KansasDirections: Milford Reservoir, near Junction City, is 5 miles north of 1-70
at Exit 295 and 2 miles west on K-57. Milford Nature Center and Milford Fish
Hatchery are located below the dam.
Maps can be obtained at the information center at the south end of the dam.
For a Google Map of this site, click here.

Ownership: The US Army Corps of Engineers manages Milford Lake.  Contact them at (785) 238-5714 if you have specific questions about use or management of the lake.
Click here to visit the US ACE Milford Lake web site.

37,000 acres

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism manages the Milford Nature Center (785) 238-5323 and Milford State Park (785) 238-3014.
Click here to visit the Milford Nature Center web site.
Click here to visit the KDWPT web page for Milford State Park. 
You may download the KDWPT brochure on Milford State Park or email the Park Manager from the links at the top of that page.

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