Trail Description

The trail is rated easy to moderate for hikers and moderate for bicyclists. There are four areas to allow access to the trail. The trail is well marked with wooden signs at the entrances, blue carsonite posts along the hiking/biking trail, and brown carsonite posts along the handicapped trail. Blue paint marks designate the trail along the wooded areas. Information about the trail can be found at the north and south main park entrances.

Trail Progression

The first 1.5 miles of trail was completed in 1999 around the wooded coves at the southeast portion of the lake off of the south park entrance on 222nd Road. In 2000, 1.1 miles across the dam was added. Currently, with the help of a Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks grant, the trail is being extended to 13.8 miles. The trail now circles the reservoir and includes a three-mile handicapped trail on the north side of the lake. This handicapped portion winds through native grass areas, woodland areas, campgrounds, along the lake, and near a pond. There are several benches with scenic views of the lake. Other features along the trail include a fishing pier, fish cleaning station, boat docks and ramps, swimming area, shower house, parking, and restrooms. The surface is recycled fly-ash.

As you leave the handicapped trail on the southeast side of the lake you enter a self- interpretive trail which was the original trail. The information focuses on the flora and fauna around the lake. The trail passes near two old-growth Burr Oak trees and crosses several rustic footbridges. The trail winds leisurely around lake coves, entering a densely wooded riparian area.

The remaining trail winds through woodlands, native grass areas, wildflower plots, ponds, and the reservoir itself. Several benches are located along the trail with breathtaking views. The trail is maintained six feet wide to allow for travel corridors for hikers and wildlife alike. The south side of the trail passes through mostly native grass areas, wildflowers, and small farm ponds converting to small wetlands. The southwest side of the trail will be the most primitive where the trail narrows and winds through woodlands and open hay meadows. It has no vehicle access for four miles. The northwest side of the trail winds through newly developed woodlands, meadows, and an abandoned road. It is known for its inspiring views across the lake, sunsets, and sunrises.