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LAKE VENITA (IN CITY OF ODESSA DYER PARK)
Edge Wade, December 2008
18 acres  Lafayette Co.  DeLorme 35, A-6
GPS:  39.0057261834,-93.9611512779
Map:  http://extra.mdc.mo.gov/documents/area_brochures/200604map.pdf
Owned by City of Odessa; MDC agreement; for information call 660-438-4465
 
Directions:  From I-70 just west of Odessa, take Exit #37 and follow the frontage road east toward town, turn right (south) on 4th Street, then go 2 blocks. The lake is just west of 4th street.
 
When to Visit/Species to Expect:  Anytime.  Lake may have waterfowl in migration and before freezing in winter.  Passerines may be seen from walkway in migration and during nesting season.
 
Features of interest to birders:  One-half mile asphalt walkway provides easy access to the east side of the lake.  Southeast/south end of lake has some large trees and greenery offering shelter to several species.
 
Park has mature trees and manicured grass (savanna-like habitat) to the east of the lake.
 
Lake built in 1903; dam broke and lake emptied in 1983; lake rebuilt in 2003.
 
Toilets: 1 outhouse
 
Camping:  None
 
Hazards/Limitations:  Two pavillions, swimming pool, sports fields indicate heavy use.  Non-weekend, early morning birding is best.
 
Nearby Birding Sites: Odessa and Upper Odessa Lakes, Maple Leaf Lake CA.