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

Wetlands Stargazing Event

Saturday, May 28 | 9 p.m.

The wildly intriguing, yet unsuccessful, Wetlands Stargazing event will try to out-wait the clouds once again. Come to the Discovery Center Parking Lot (1365 N. 1250 Road, Lawrence) and you will be directed to the telescopes.

Astronomy Associates of Lawrence will again bring other scopes, and the 14-inch reflector housed in the observatory will also be available. If, once again, it is cloudy, we will post a cancellation notice on Facebook at around 5 p.m. Hope you can join us!

Visit Our Discovery Center

The Discovery Center is open 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday.


  • 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 developed, 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 and map: 
pdfbird species lists  pdfvertebrate species lists pdfWetlands Map

Planned Access

By the end of 2016, it is expected that the area will be accessible at four parking lots (see maps). Two are have been completed:

  • Discovery Center at 1365 N. 1250 Road
  • West of the intersection of Haskell Ave. (County 1055) and N. 1250 Road

The other two will be on the east side of Haskell Ave. about 0.2 miles north of the Wakarusa bridge and on the east side of Louisiana Street just north of the Wakarusa River bridge, where the road swings to the west.