Baker Wetlands

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.

The Baker Wetlands originally consisted of 573 acres. After K-10 is completed, it will consist of approximately 927 acres. It is located on the south side of Lawrence in Douglas County in northeastern Kansas. It is located approximately 45 miles west of Kansas City. Maps of the Area

Visit Our Discovery Center

The Discovery Center is open 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. each week day.


  • From US 59 on the south side of the South Lawrence Trafficway and K10 interchange, turn east on N. 1250 Road and go 0.7 miles to the parking lot of the Discovery Center. Follow signs to the entrance.
  • From 31st Street come south on a new road called Michigan (opposite the new Mennards Store) to N 1250 Road, turn left (east) 0.2 mi to the Discovery Center parking lot.

Once the wetlands are fully opened, many miles of trails will be available to bike, jog or explore.

Eventually, an information kiosk will be located at each parking area. In the meantime, feel free to download these species lists: 
pdfbird species lists  pdfvertebrate species lists.

Planned Access

The area is not currently open to the public because of ongoing construction. When it is opened again, it will be open during daylight hours. Four parking lots will provide access once construction is completed in 2016 or early 2017. These will be located at the following locations: 1) 1365 N. 1250 Road, which will be accessed either from US 59 to the west or from Michigan Street (realigned Louisiana Street); 2) on the west side of realigned Haskell Ave. (County 1055) at N. 1250 Road; 3) on the east side of Haskell Ave. about 0.2 miles north of the Wakarusa Bridge; 4) on the east side of Louisiana Street just north of the Wakarusa River bridge, where the road swings to the west.