Mined Land Wildlife Areas #20-23
Cottonwood, elm, hackberry, and oaks compose the woodlands. Native bluestems, switchgrass, and indiangrass have been planted as part of the wildlife management plan. An area office is located on unit 21 as is a 30-acre Canada goose restoration pen. The geese can be viewed year-round. Many species of dabbling and diving ducks, as well as osprey, can be seen during spring and fall migrations. In winter bald eagles are occasionally sighted around the lakes. Northern harriers are commonly seen over the grasslands. Several species of water turtles, beaver, muskrats, and raccoons are abundant around the pits throughout the year. The woodlands hold squirrels, owls, wild turkeys, and many songbirds. Watch in the evening and early morning for foxes, coyotes, bobcats, bobwhite quail, cottontail rabbits, and white-tailed deer.
White Penstemon is common along the roadsides in May.
2 cabins (make a reservation online).
No developed hiking trails.
Directions: From the junction of
US-160 and K-7 at
Columbus, drive 7 miles west on US-160. Travel 4 miles north on
NW 70th Street, then 0.5 miles west on NW Bellview
Road to get to the area field office.
Brochures are available at a kiosk there.
You may also download the brochure for the Mined Land Wildlife
the KDWP web site,
Ownership: The entity responsible for management of this site is the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism. Call them at (620) 431-0380 if you have specific questions about use or management of the site.
Questions or comments about Natural Kansas may be directed to
Questions or comments about Natural Kansas may be directed to Jim Mason