Lake Artemesia Natural Area, MNCPPC
Lake Artemesia is a large (by suburban standards) 38 acre lake created on the site of a former maze of fish ponds, dug out by Metro for its rail line. In mitigation Metro constructed the lake and surrounding paved trails and facilities. This is one of the best inland aquatic habitats in the suburban area. A paved trail circumambulates the lake; a branch passes across a grassy meadow, and a side trail leads up and down adjacent Indian Creek.
In winter the lake may have a good collection of ducks including Redheads, mergansers, and other diving species; loons, and grebes. The meadow, if un-mowed, is good for sparrows and other wintering birds. In spring the surrounding woods are a magnet for warblers and other passerines. The pond is good for gulls and terns and migrant swallows. In summer, egrets may stop by. In fall, migration is also good, with Rusty Blackbirds and Bobolinks possible. Gallinules and even rails have shown up when the lakeside is left to grow. Breeding birds include Wood Duck, Green Heron, Purple Martin, Warbling Vireo, Scarlet Tanager, and both orioles.