Page 4–The Geologic Record Vol. 5.3
Fall 1999


A Place to Visit


Lake Scott State Park


Scott County,





Like an oasis in the desert, the Lake Scott area stands out from the typical High Plains landscape of western Kansas. Situated in a valley carved into the steep bluffs of the Ogallala Formation, the 100-acre lake is surrounded by trees, canyons, and natural springs. The Ogallala bluffs, composed of cemented sands and gravels, are underlain by the Niobrara Chalk. Big Spring (represented by the lush vegetation in the foreground of this photo) and other springs in the area flow from this contact between the Ogallala and the Niobrara. In addition to providing fishing, swimming, camping, boating, and wildlife observation opportunities, Lake Scott State Park and Wildlife Area is rich in history. Near the west edge of the lake is El Cuartelejo, the northernmost pueblo in the United States, built by a group of Taos Indians fleeing Spanish rule in the 1600's. To reach Lake Scott, drive 10 miles north of Scott City on U.S. Highway 83, then turn west on Kansas Highway 95. Travel in a northerly direction about three miles to Big Spring, and another mile to Lake Scott.

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