James A. Reed Wildlife Memorial Area

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James A. Reed Wildlife Memorial Area is a 8.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Lees Summit, Missouri that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

8.7 miles 324 feet Loop

dogs on leash





mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

scenic driving

trail running


horseback riding






old growth

over grown

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This is a popular fishing destination; however, with a 15-mile multi-use trail, which primarily loops around multiple lakes and sometimes in the woods, you can add and subtract to make it a very nice hike. Most of the trail is in fields/pasture areas. The James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area is located in Jackson County, south of Highway 50, near Lee's Summit. This wildlife area was established in 1952 when Mrs. Nell Reed donated 731 acres of land to the Missouri Department of Conservation in memory of her husband, Senator James A. Reed. Additional tracts were purchased using federal monies and Department funds to bring the area to its present 3,084 acres. Development of the area and lake construction began in 1957. Over 250 acres of water have been impounded to form 12 lakes, ranging in size from one to 42 acres. Most lakes contain largemouth bass, channel catfish, crappie, bluegill, green sunfish, redear sunfish, and bullheads. Striped bass hybrids have been stocked in several of the lakes. The area also has numerous small ponds. Woodlands, native grass plantings, shrub plantings, and cropfields are managed to provide year-round food for wildlife. Giant Canada geese nest and winter at the Reed Area. The area also supports good numbers of deer. This wildlife area was acquired, developed, and is managed in part through the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

1 month ago

Beautiful area close to home for me. A lot more little trail besides the loop

mountain biking
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8 months ago

An amazing place to relax and truly experience the beautiful outdoors. There are main trails and more secluded ones as well.

cross country skiing
1 year ago

Beautiful scenery. Plenty of lakes and mostly wooded area/pasture

2 years ago

We like Reed mainly for convenience but its also just a great place! If you go back by Bluestem lake there is a hiking trail closed to horseback. It's a little more secluded than the multi use trails. You'll also cross a few bridges, see a huge old tree, and get to the top of a nice bluff. Most of it is very well maintained and easy to walk, no real hills or anything difficult. Our only complaint about the hiking trail is that it is too easy and not long enough. But if want to get mileage in use the multi use trails as they total almost 15 miles.

3 years ago

Great for running the dogs! We tend to avoid it during fishing season, when it can get a bit crowded; not to mention that the dogs tend to disrupt. But during the winter, it's a great hike around each and every lake.

3 years ago

This is a nice place close to the city to get out of the house. There was not anything special about it. Typical Missouri terrain. We went here mostly out of curiosity more than anything. It was pretty muddy but due to recent snowfall melting. We hiked the multi-use trail as well as the hiking only trail. Even with it late winter/early spring, there were quite a few folks fishing and being that the last part of the trail we were on really was not feasible to walk on, we did walk down the road quite a ways and there was quite a bit of road traffic. It was an interesting hike and got me out of the house but I wouldn't go here often, only when I just don't feel like making a long drive anywhere. There isn't much in the way of elevation changes. Most of the time you are walking in a field/pasture area around the back side of the numerous lakes. Lots of geese and ducks though. Worth it if you don't wont to make the drive and with all of the loops to the multi-use trail, you could make it short or long depending on what you want.