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Lake Wilson Wildflower Walk • Russell County

Saturday, Jun 23rd, 2012 @ 10am-12pm
Minooka Park Recreation Area • Sylvan Grove, KS • Map

We will gather at the entrance road to Minooka Park (south-central area of Lake Wilson) at 10:00 am and proceed to the trailhead together. See the description of the area below. We recommend wearing study hiking shoes and appropriate clothing along with sunscreen and hat. We will provide a cooler with ice and water bottles. Be prepared for a great experience! Spread the word to anyone else who may be interested! Please RSVP Chelsea if possible, so we don't leave anyone behind!
About the park: In the fall of 2011, the Corps of Engineers at Wilson Lake put the finishing touches on the newest trail at Wilson Lake. The Prairie Fire Trail is a self-guided interpretive trail located in Minooka Park that offers visitors either a 2.5 mile loop style trail, or if you prefer shorter distances, opt for the 1.5 mile one-way trail that leads to one of the 2 trailheads. The trail offers a variety of breath taking scenery and several interesting historical stops that include the 1993 tornado damage path and an abandoned campground that has a ghostly appearance. Hikers can also visit several unique natural rock formations and see the effects of prescribed fire on the prairie ecosystem.
Hikers should expect gentle to moderate slopes throughout the mowed trail. It is recommended that hikers bring hiking/walking shoes, plenty of water, sunscreen, a cell phone and most importantly, a friend or family member.

Contact: Chelsea Juricek cjuricek@hotmail.com 620-290-3918

More Info: Map of Lake Wilson

Sponsor: Kansas Native Plant Society

Report

2 people attended the event.

It was a hot and windy morning at Wilson Lake as the 2 attendees tried out the newest trail called the Prairie Fire trail. You could definitely pick out the damage from the 1993 tornado as there was debris still scattered around the lakeside and trees were leafing out from the damaged branches. We came across several plants along the trail including; Missouri goldenrod, Dakota verbena, narrowleaf bluets, and silktop dalea. The trail is extensive and would make a wonderful trek if there wasn't heat and wind, which most likely contributed to low attendance.

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