The Baker Wetlands consists of 573 acres located on the south side of Lawrence in Douglas County in northeastern Kansas. It is located approximately 45 miles west of Kansas City.
The area is open to the public during daylight hours. Three small parking lots are available to the public: one on the south side of 31st Street between Haskell Avenue and Louisiana Street, one on Haskell Avenue half a mile south of 31st and Haskell, and the third at 1365 N. 1250 Road, which is half a mile south and a quarter-mile west of 31st and Louisiana streets.
More than six miles of trails are available for walking, biking or jogging. Bring comfortable walking shoes and appropriate clothing for the season. At the north entrance, off of 31st Street, is an information kiosk with a supply of bird species lists and vertebrate species lists.
The Baker Wetlands is one of the most diverse habitats in Douglas County, home to many birds, flowers, plants and insects. Many of these are pictured in the Wetlands photo albums.
Use the links at the left to learn the history, the future plans, the management practices and more about this special place.
Wetlands Closed During Construction
As of April 2014, the Baker Wetlands area is closed to the public. This is because of the ongoing activities related to construction of highway K-10 and the realignment of the associated utilities.
We are sorry for any inconvenience. When it is safe to enter again, it will be posted here.