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BINDER COMMUNITY LAKE
Edge Wade, February 2011
223 acres  Cole Co.  DeLorme 38, G-1
GPS:  38.6029638156,-92.2977579668
Lake and marsh owned by MDC, call 573-884-6861
Park area owned by Jefferson City, call 573-634-6486
 
Directions:  From US 50 west of Jefferson City take the Apache Flats/St. Martin's exit, continue west on Bus. 50, turn right (north) at South Binder Lake Rd., left (west) on Rainbow Dr., and right (north) on Binder Park Rd.
 
In winter, the road along the west shore connecting this main entrance with the north end near the dam may be closed.  To reach the north (dam) end of the lake, take the Country Club Rd. exit off US 50 to a right (second road past the service station) onto Rainbow Dr., go .5 mile to Henwick.  Go right onto Henwick to the lake and Binder Park Rd. on the left.
 
When to Visit/Species to Expect:  Binder Lake can be an exciting place, especially in winter.  It gets a fine mix of diving waterfowl.  Common Loons, a variety of grebes, Long-tailed Ducks, scoters, Common Goldeneye and more may be found here among the Canada and Cackling Geese.  Trumpeter and Tundra Swans may rest on the ice.
 
In early spring, American Woodcock may be observed near the northwest shore.  The viewing blind near the area below the dam provides opportunity to watch shorebirds and Tree Swallows.
 
Migrating songbirds can be found in the woods along the trail on the east side, or fairly close to the road along the west shore.
 
Features of interest to birders:  Binder Lake Rd. crosses the lower end of the lake.  Birders may pull off and view the lake on one side and a marshy area on the other.  The road has several large pull-off areas along the west side.
 
The two fishing docks provide excellent viewpoints for scanning the length of the lake with a scope.
 
The Audubon Trail along the east side may be entered near the pavilion on southwest side of lake.
 
The pond for shorebird viewing from the blind is east of the dam, off Henwick.
 
Toilets: One near the northwest corner of the lake.
 
Camping:  Campground on the southeast side with RV sites.
 
Hazards/Limitations:  This is a popular place, especially in warm weather.  There may be many people present.
 
In winter, for safety in icy conditions, Binder Lake Rd. is often closed south of the boat ramp.
 
Nearby Birding Sites:  Runge Conservation Nature Center, Scrivner Road CA, Stringtown Bridge Access, Noren Access.