Between Lucas and I-70, Highway 232 crosses the Wilson Dam and skirts the eastern end of Wilson Lake and Wilson State Park.
After visiting The Garden of Eden in Lucas, we stopped for lunch at a scenic overlook by the northern tip of the eastern arm of the lake, just northwest of the dam, in the Lucas Park Recreation Area.
The overlook was indeed scenic, providing a tranquil view of the northeast section of the lake.
After lunch, we continued south to the southeastern tip of the lake, turning in to cross Hell Creek Bridge into Wilson State Park.
The area is woven with walking trails and we went to the water’s edge to look into Kansas’s purported clearest lake,
with submerged plants giving credence to the claim.
I was particularly taken by the juxtaposition of sandy grasslands, jutting red rock, and clear water.
Who knew Kansas hath such splendor?