Wakarusa Township, Douglas County, Kansas

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Wakarusa Township
Lakeview Lake
Lakeview Lake
Location in Douglas County
Location in Douglas County
Coordinates: 38°56′10″N 095°15′21″W / 38.93611°N 95.25583°W / 38.93611; -95.25583Coordinates: 38°56′10″N 095°15′21″W / 38.93611°N 95.25583°W / 38.93611; -95.25583
Country United States
State Kansas
County Douglas
 • Total 46.74 sq mi (121.07 km2)
 • Land 45.9 sq mi (118.87 km2)
 • Water 0.85 sq mi (2.19 km2)  1.81%
Elevation 866 ft (264 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 2,237
 • Density 48.7/sq mi (18.8/km2)
GNIS feature ID 0479514

Wakarusa Township is a township in Douglas County, Kansas, USA. As of the 2000 census, its population was 2,237. It was named for the Wakarusa River which flows through Douglas County from Wabaunsee County to the Kansas River near Eudora.


Wakarusa Township covers an area of 46.74 square miles (121.1 km2) surrounding the county seat of Lawrence. According to the USGS, it contains one cemetery, Richland.

Lake View Lake is within this township. The streams of Baldwin Creek, Burroughs Creek, Coal Creek, Washington Creek and Yankee Tank Creek run through this township.

Adjacent townships[edit]

Towns and settlements[edit]

Although these towns may not be incorporated or populated, they are still placed on maps produced by the county. The city of Lawrence is considered governmentally independent and is not included on this list.


Major highways[edit]

Places of interest[edit]

  • Wells Overlook. A county-owned park with a watchtower that offers a scenic view of the surrounding area, including Lawrence. The overlook was used during the Bleeding Kansas era as a look out for pro-slavery threats.
  • Lake View. A natural oxbow lake formed from the Kansas River. Lake View was once a popular lakeside resort and still has a small population today.
  • The Baker Wetlands are between the Lawrence city limits and the Wakarusa River along 31st Street and supports various species of plants, birds and animals.
  • The townsite of Franklin, along K-10, was once a pro-slavery town that competed with Lawrence. When Lawrence was burned in 1863 most of the houses were moved to help with the rebuilding.


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