Winfield City Lake

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Winfield City Lake - photo by Jim Mason

This one's a winner! Most of the lake is surrounded by tallgrass prairie, but the north shore has wooded draws, hedgerows, and brushy areas.  During the winter eastern bluebirds are attracted to the open, grassy park areas surrounding the lake.

Nesting birds include scissor-tailed flycatchers, common poor-wills, upland sandpipers, common grackles, and northern orioles.  Wintering Harris' sparrows are quite abundant in brushy areas. A nice stand of deciduous woodland graces the far eastern end where Timber Creek flows into the lake. Watch for white-tailed deer, turkeys, and other woodland birds, including common flickers, tufted titmice, Carolina chickadees, and northern cardinals. Along the hedgerows look for the large stick nests of eastern wood rats, sometimes called "pack rats". The cattail marshes and mudflats on the east end attract an assortment of blackbirds, herons, and shorebirds during migrations.

During the winter, Winfield City Lake is thought to be a good spot for viewing uncommon waterfowl, including loons and scoters. Typical winter waterfowl include common mergansers, buffleheads, mallards, and common goldeneyes. The best places to scan the lake are the high bluffs along the south shore. Both North and South Shore Recreation Areas are easily accessible by road.

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User fees, Water available, Swimming beach, Picnic tables, Grills, Showers, Modern toilets, Boat ramps.

Camping iconUtility and primitive camping.

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Trail icon A mountain bike/nature trail is at the upper end of the lake on the south side.

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Winfield City Lake map

Directions: From the intersection of U.S. 160 and U.S. 77 in Winfield, travel north 8.7 miles on U.S. 77. Follow the sign east 6.4 miles on Cowley County 8 to the intersection with Cowley County 1 at the north end of the dam.

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Ownership: The entity responsible for management of Winfield City Lake is the City of Winfield.  Contact them at (620) 221-5635 if you have specific questions about use or management of this site, or visit their website.

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