A new park now open in Johnson County features woodlands, native prairie and a 27-acre fishing lake.
Lexington Lake Park, located north of Kansas 10 Highway at 8850 Sunflower Rd., De Soto, KS, was originally a private fishing lake constructed in the 1950s.
“The lake will provide a new outstanding fishing opportunity,” said Johnson County Park & Recreation District Field Biologist Matt Garrett. “We surveyed it and it’s a high-quality fishery. It’ll be a great crappie fishing lake, and also has large-mouth bass.”
Phase 1 of the park’s development began in August 2016 and included a boat ramp, dock, paved lake trail, playground, restroom and picnic shelter.
The park’s native virgin prairie area, located on the lake’s west side, contains 120 native prairie species, including Mead’s milkweed. JCPRD has converted an additional 60 acres to tall grass prairie. The park, which slopes downward toward the nearby Kansas River, is also home to oak and hickory forest. Visitors can see remains of older stone structures, including a stone wall that dates back at least a century.
For more information about Lexington Lake Park, visit jocogov.org.