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Barton County

Visitors Flock to Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area

If you are looking for a water slide or a wave pool at two of the biggest water attractions in the state, you’re out of luck. Yet millions of visitors flock to Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge near Great Bend every year. And every year these visitors — various species of migrating birds — attract a steady stream of tourists traveling the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway.

The 77-mile Byway connects these two diverse wetlands where water fowl feed and rest while journeying along a major migration route called the Central Flyway. Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area is considered the largest inland freshwater marsh in the country, while Quivira Wildlife Refuge contains salt water marshes, a rare habitat in the Midwest. Both are essential resting points providing food and cover for migratory birds during flight between breeding and wintering areas in Canada and South America.

 

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Last Updated September 9, 2014
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