Yates Center Reservoir
All photos by Jim Mason
|Surrounded by upland native grasses, Yates Center Reservoir is an
excellent place to get the "open tallgrass prairie" feeling.
Late spring and summer are the best times to view and photograph
prairie wildflowers and birds. Commonly seen prairie birds include dickcissels, eastern
meadowlarks, grasshopper sparrows, mourning doves, scissor-tailed flycatchers and
red-tailed hawks. On occasion upland sandpipers and greater prairie chickens are sighted.
The lake attracts migrating waterfowl in spring and fall. If you
visit in early spring, listen for western chorus frogs. In late spring and summer the deep
bellow of a bullfrog is often heard. Basking on logs in the water are sliders and painted
User fee, Shelter house, Boat ramp
camping only. Permit required.
Picnic shelter and tables.
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From Yates Center (90 miles east of Wichita) travel west 4 miles on
U.S. 54, then 2 miles south and 0.25 miles east (red arrow on map).
There is no entry fee, but fees are required for fishing, boating,
swimming, and camping.
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The City of Yates Center is
the entity responsible for management of Yates Center Reservoir. If
you have specific questions about this site, write or call:
Yates Center City Hall
117 E. Rutledge
Yates Center KS 66783
(hours: M-F, 8-5)
Funded by the
Chickadee Checkoff Program
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