Columbia Maryland 21044
Size: 27-acre lake.
Habitat: Lake in downtown Columbia with
pier, boardwalk, mown grass, scrubby edge, floodplain,
and some deciduous trees.
Best Months: March to mid-May; September
Coverage Time: 20 minutes to an
are paved paths and boardwalks on the west side where
most of the people congregate and activity is centered.
The paved path on the west side gives way to a trail
along the northern wildlife end (entrance is
approximately across from No. 18 on the fitness trail).
This portion of the path goes through a small patch of
woods and across a lawn. The narrow crossing to the east
side can be dry, muddy, or under water. The beaten path
on the east side is obvious but narrow. It runs along the
Little Patuxent River through floodplain so that portions
of the path are sand, mud, rocks, or exposed roots.
Halfway along the east side the paved path picks up again
as it continues through the Kennedy Gardens.
Notable Birds: Long-tailed Duck, Red-necked
Grebe, American Bittern, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron,
Black-crowned Night-Heron, Red Phalarope, Warbling Vireo,
Marsh Wren, Golden-winged Warbler, Orange-crowned
Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Mourning Warbler, Vesper
Sparrow, Rusty Blackbird.
Amenities: A few benches. There are several
restaurants along the waterfront. A Fitness Circuit Trail
is located along the path on the northwest side of the
Handicapped Access: Much of the west side
of the lake has a paved path which extends around the
south end and approximately halfway along the east side.
The segment near the boat dock is a wooden boardwalk. The
dirt paths at the northern (wildlife) end of the lake on
the west side are not easy to navigate; the unpaved
portions on the east side cannot be reached.
Operation and Hours: Columbia Association
open space; closed from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
Special Attractions: The north end of the
lake is designated as the wildlife end where a sandbar
and shallow edges attract Black-crowned Night-Herons,
shorebirds, gulls, and terns. The Kennedy Gardens are on
the east side of the lake.
Compiler: Joanne Solem