Clear Creek Wildlife Management Area

Partly developed as Clear Creek Refuge (2,500-acres, west half), and also as a controlled hunting area. The latter includes the west end of Lake McConaughy and the Platte River inflow area. The low meadows support nesting bobolinks and probably breeding Wilson’s snipes, and the tall tree groves hold many breeding passerines. White pelicans (non-breeders) are common, and least bitterns occur. This is one of the state’s best birding areas, but mosquitoes can be a problem during summer. Barn owl nest cavities usually can be seen in the cutbanks at the turnoff from Highway 22; nests in this part of the state are usually in such self-excavated sites rather than in old buildings. This end of Lake McConaughy is the state’s best documented nesting area for Clark’s grebe.