Southeast end of Lake Padden where trail begins (adjacent to restrooms) past sports fields to children's playground area.
Shaded dense boggy area where Padden Creek empties into the lake. Shady boggy area gives way to open grassy flat fields along the lake with deciduous trees on the lakeside. Grassy sports fields, covered shelters with tables, and children's playground make this section of Lake Padden an especially high use area.
Padden Creek and Lake Padden provide water for wildlife. Dense foliage along the creek offers safe cover and a food source for wintering waterfowl. Bog and creek provide habitat for frogs, salamanders, newts, snakes and turtles. Shrubs and trees along the lake provide food and shelter for Song Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos.
Fragrant perennial Yellow Pond Lilies at the mouth of Padden Creek disappear in the winter leaving a windy open break. The forest understory level thins out as deciduous shrubs and trees lose their leaves. Scaly bark of the Pacific Willow trees provides color and texture during the winter.
Creating a Wildlife Habitat in Your Yard
Add a reliable source of water to backyard habitats to attract wildlife. Plant a variety of native plants, especially those with seeds and berries, to provide a source of food and cover for birds, small mammals and amphibians.