Rush Lake

Recent water management techniques have allowed this shallow lake to re-vegetate, improving water quality and enhancing habitat for waterfowl and shorebirds. Dropping water levels reduced the number of carp and allowed emergent vegetation like cattails to germinate, resulting in a healthier ecosystem. Now that the water levels are up again, this is a great place to view wildlife. The wood lily is found here along the road around the lake. Good for waterfowl hunting.

Pothole Birding

Great birding for waterfowl, bittern and even the Bald Eagle.

Location Description

Rush Lake is located in the southwest corner of Palo Alto County. From Hwy 18 east of Ruthven, take N 28 south 12 miles to B 63. Travel east on B 63 just over 1 mile and take the drive south around the lake.

Driving Directions and other Information

  • Birding drive located off of B 63 12 miles south of Hwy 18 between Ruthven and Emmetsburg. 4819 480th Street and 370th Avenue. (gravel road)
  • GPS location N 42 57.169 W 094. 51.577
  • 522 acres - DNR land
  • Birding, Prairie Plants, Canoeing/Kyaking, Hunting

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Take a short visit Rush Lake via the video below!

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