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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Leavenworth State Fishing Lake

We took a trip out to Leavenworth State Fishing Lake to see what was there. It's definitely bigger than the other places we've been canoeing, but that wasn't a problem.  There were a few larger boats out on the lake, but they were full of fishermen trying to catch fish. 
We did some floating and fishing, and even caught a few bluegills and bass.  I didn't see anyone else catch anything.  I think it was still a little early in the year for the fishing to be really hot.  We had a good time though. 
We paddled all the way down to the end of the east arm, and found flooded grass and cattails, full of green algae.  The wind picked up and it made paddling a little bit more difficult, so we paddled back and dumped the tired kids out of the canoe. 
There were a few muskrat lodges there in the east arm.  The muskrats, just like their bigger cousins the beavers, make lodges  just above the water level so that they can be safe and secure.  The only difference is that muskrats make their homes from the cattails and marsh grasses instead of from trees and branches. 

Nearest City: Tonganoxie, KS
Location: 5 miles NE of Tonganoxie
Time Needed: varies
Difficulty: easy
Kid Friendly: yes
Additional Info: Leavenworth State Fishing Lake Website

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