Birding Site Guide to Odessa Lake Printable Site Guide 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.