Marys River Natural Area
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This city-owned park is managed for native prairie and riparian habitats along the Marys River. An ADAaccessible 0.35 mi boardwalk with interpretive panels affords views of wet prairie and seasonal floodplain, even in winter when water levels are up. Nesting species include Song, Savannah and White-crowned Sparrows, American Goldfinch, Lazuli Bunting, Common Yellowthroat, Western Bluebird, American Kestrel, and Red-tailed Hawk. In winter, watch for White-tailed Kite and Northern Harrier. Parking is limited and may be closed by winter flooding.
From Hwy 99W, travel 0.8 mi W on US Hwy 20/Hwy 34. At the light, turn L on Brooklane Dr. Turn L at 1.0 mi onto a gravel lane and turn into small gravel parking area where the boardwalk begins.