All of our parks offer opportunities to view a variety of wildlife, but here are some specific places you might have luck.

Annett Nature Center and Park

Hike through our prairie and woodland trails to see wetland wildlife, prairie wildlife, and head back to the wildlife viewing tower. You can also visit the site of the Osprey Project or the Butterfly Garden.

Blue Flag Marsh

The plentiful game and diverse songbird populations make the 138-acres at Blue Flag Marsh a popular destination for wildlife observation. Many game species including deer, squirrels, raccoons, pheasant, quail, waterfowl, and many furbearing animals are found here.

Bank Swallow Bend

The plentiful game and diverse songbird populations make the 542-acres at Bank Swallow Bend a popular destination for wildlife observation. Bitterns, Bank Swallows, resident Bald Eagles, Snowy Egrets and more bird species await. Many game species including deer, squirrels, raccoons, pheasant, quail, waterfowl, and many furbearing animals are also found here. Don’t forget your camera!

Otter Creek Park

No hike at Otter Creek is complete without a visit to the pond.  Although it is small and contains no fish, it attracts a large number of animals.  The waters are crowded with aquatic insects and frogs.  The large tadpole population makes it a great attraction for children, whose access to the water has been made safe by the installation of a boardwalk along the pond’s edge.

Summerset Trail

Stretching eleven miles from Carlisle to Indianola, the Summerset Trail passes through rolling hills and wetland river bottom as it winds from town to town. In the middle sits the village of Summerset on the south bank of the Middle River. With this varied landscape, it is a birders and wildlife watchers paradise.