Edge Wade, 2017
57.3 acres Worth Co. DeLorme 14, 1-H
MDC owned; For information call:
Driving Directions: From Grant City, go south on US 169, west on
Rt. YY and at Worth continue west on Rt. W to a left turn onto Gunflint
Rd. The entrance sign is at the right
turn onto 220th Lane into the area.
From Oxford, go south on
Rt. U 2 miles, then east (left) on 225th St. for 1.5 miles to a left turn
(north) onto Gunflint Rd. to 220th Lane on the left at the area entrance sign.
ADA Information: There are no ADA compliant facilities. The lake and some of land area can be birded
from the lots and gravel road along the east side of the area.
Visit/Species to Expect: So few
reports have been made for this lake that a birding trip at any time will add to occurrence data. Most trips have been in May and June. Canada Goose is the only waterfowl on the checklist,
due to lack of birders, not birds. Philadelphia, Yellow-throated and Warbling Vireo, Yellow, Chestnut-sided
and Yellow-rumped Warbler have been seen.
The grasslands support Grasshopper, Chipping, Field and Savanna
Sparrow. Surely others have gone
undetected. Both Eastern and Western
Meadowlarks use the area.
interest to birders: The 20-acre lake is large
enough to attract waterfowl, especially with so few options nearby. The natural surface path around the lake
gives access to the small earthen jetties protruding into the lake for views
into all parts of the water.
The surrounding land is a good mix of old fields (32 acres) in grass
and shrubs that provide habitat for Bobolink, Gray Catbird, and Brown
Thrasher. Portions of the 5.34 acres of
forest woodland lie along the path around the lake, so good opportunity to view
species like Eastern Kingbird, Great-crested Flycatcher, Carolina Wren, Orchard
and Baltimore Orioles.
Toilets: 1 privy (in very
bad condition in 2017)
Hazards/Limitations: None noted.
Sites: Sheridan Access, Sowards Ford Access*, Seat
(Emmett and Leah) Mem. CA,, Lotts Creek CA*, Pawnee Prairie NA*, Dunn Ranch
Preserve, Grand Trace CA*.
* Birders’ Guides online. See http://www.mobirds.org/Locations/SiteGuides.aspx for these and