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Kaw River Bridge

The bridge across the Kansas (Kaw) River just north of downtown Lawrence provides an elevated view of the river and access the levee trail that runs along the river.


General Habitat: River


Main Species: Gulls, Waterfowl


Notable Species: Cliff Swallow, Common Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser, Bald Eagle


Best Time to Go: The Cliff Swallows are abundant in the spring and summer and Common Nighthawks can also be easily observed at dusk right on Massachusetts Street. Winter brings waterfowl, gulls, and eagles to the area around the bridge and dam, especially during cold spells when open water is limited. The sand bars below the dam are a popular roosting site for gulls and sometimes rare gull species can be found with the common Ring-billed Gulls.

Directions: Birders can park at the Lawrence Visitor’s Center or the commuter lot, both of which are on Locust Street just north of the river.

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