Fishing, hiking, biking, and more in suburban Kansas City.
By Larry Archer
Residents of metropolitan areas tend to expect a wide range of options in dining, shopping, entertainment, and recreation. Fortunately for Kansas City area residents, James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area (WA) offers that diversity for those wishing to get outdoors.
Located on 3,084 acres south of Lee’s Summit in Jackson County, Reed Memorial WA offers variety that should meet the needs of those looking for the outdoor experience.
Included in the landscape are 12 lakes, ranging from 1 to 42 acres, making the area a popular summer spot for casting a line, said Rick Bredesen, wildlife management biologist and Reed Memorial WA manager.
“Fishing is probably the number one activity for the area during this time period,” Bredesen said.
With a trail network totaling nearly 20 miles, hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians can all find an opportunity to get outdoors, he said.
The majority of the fishing lakes are located in the northern two-thirds of the area, while the lower third is more reminiscent of the prairie grasslands that once covered much of the state, including many grassland bird species and a wildflower presence.
“Flowers are blooming in July,” Bredesen said. “People come out to take pictures of them along with birds and butterflies that utilize those grassland areas.”
James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area consists of 3,084 acres in Jackson County.
From Lee’s Summit, take Highway 50 east 1 mile, then SE Ranson Road (Route RA) south 0.75 mile to the area entrance.
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