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Site CGL02: Beaverdam Park, Main Entrance

Description

Beaverdam Park provides access to 635-acre Beaverdam Lake. The Park's two entrances are decidedly different in character. This southern approach is developed for boaters and has docks, bathrooms, and a park office. The lake view is attractive with many flooded snags that provide perches for osprey, herons, swallows, belted kingfisher, and other birds. Winter birding yields a rich assortment of woodpeckers and waterfowl. Summer residents include several species of warblers and woodland songbirds. Dragonflies and damselflies are common and butterflies are numerous. Watch for mammals such as river otter, and beaver, the park's namesake. Wood chip-surfaced trails enter the surrounding forest, and provide limited access to the shoreline away from the boat docks. Trails around the lake margin allow you to get close to several beaver lodges and dams. The diversity of insects, reptiles, amphibians, birds, mammals, and seasonal flowers makes this an attractive park for photographers.

Directions

From Ware House Boat Landing, return to Main Street/SR 14 and note the mileage at Rt. 621 and Main Street. Travel 1.0 mile, retrace your circuit of the traffic circle, turn right onto Rt. 616/Roaring Springs Road, and continue 2.4 miles to the park entrance.

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