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
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 St.); 2) on the west side of realigned Haskell Ave. (County 1055) at N. 1250 Rd.; 3) on the east side of Haskell Ave. about 0.2 miles north of the Wakarusa Bridge; 4) on the east side of Louisiana St. just north of the Wakarusa River bridge, where the road swings to the west.
Our Baker Wetlands Discovery Center is under construction and should be open in September 2015. Once open, 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:
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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.