Pomona Lake  LbNA # 9762 (ARCHIVED)

Placed DateJul 30 2004
LocationVassar, KS
Planted ByWyldBlueberries    
Found By happydays
Last Found Jul 10 2006
Hike Distance?

(7/2008: Sorry we're no longer to check or maintain our boxes. Check the latest status on LBNA prior to hunting it.)

8/2007 update: this box has been reported missing.

Pomona Lake is located in Vassar, Kansas. The Army Corps of Engineers built it in 1963 for flood control, and now many visitors enjoy the lake for boating, fishing, and even sailboarding.

These links have more information about Pomona Lake:
Corps of Engineers - http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/pomona/pomona_home.htm
Kansas State Parks - http://www.kdwp.state.ks.us/pmforum/pomona.html

This box is hidden on the Witches' Broom Trail at the Corps of Engineers’ 110-mile park. This park also has the trailhead for the Blackhawk Trail, which has 16 miles of trails.

These links have more information about the trails:
Witches' Broom Trail - http://www.cjonline.com/entertainment/recreation/trails/witchesbroom.shtml
Blackhawk Trail - http://www.cjonline.com/entertainment/recreation/trails/blackhawk.shtml

Difficulty: requires a 3/4 mile round trip walk on rocky, woodsy mulched trails.
Compass Required: no

Directions to Trailhead:

- Exit I-35 on exit 187 and head West into Ottawa on Hwy 68
- Stay on 68 W through Ottawa
- Outside of Ottawa, follow the sign and veer right to stay on Hwy 68
- Keep on the highway through the town of Pomona
- Outside of Pomona, Hwy 68 will turn left. DON’T TAKE IT! Keep going straight, and the road becomes Hwy 268.
- After about 6 miles, you will see a Corps of Engineers sign for Pomona Lake. Turn right here – this is Pomona Dam Road.
- You will pass the Corps of Engineers Office – you can stop here to get information about the camping and hiking in the area.
- Drive across the dam.
- When you cross the dam, take the first left onto Stanley Road. The sign will say Michigan Valley Park.
- Drive along Stanley Road through the park. You will pass the Wigger Group Camp where groups of sailboarders sometimes camp.
- Eventually the paved road will turn to a gravel road.
- This road will dead end at E 205. Turn left.
- After about a mile, you will see signs for 110-mile Park and “Sail Away”. Turn left here onto Paulen.
- Drive 2 miles on Paulen.
- You will see a sign that says “110 Mile Park”. Just before that, the trailhead for the Blackhawk trail will be on your right.
- When you enter the park, you will see a sign for a boat ramp to the left – you should go right.
- You will see a sign that says “Reservable Group Camp” – turn to the right here.
- Stay to the right until you see the parking lot for the Witches Broom Trail on your right. Park here.

Directions to Box
- Begin walking down the trail. (If you got a brochure from the park office, unfortunately most of the the numbered signposts are no longer in place.)
- When you’ve gone about halfway, you will exit the forest into a field. Take the path on your left through the grass, and you will re-enter the forest before long.
- After you’ve walked for a few more minutes, you will see a wooden bench with a view of the lake behind it. Sit in the center of this bench facing the lake.
- Between you and a large tree near the water is a flat stone about the size of a door. Under the corner of this stone on the lake side, the box is hidden.

Fair warning: this path is really nice and well-maintained, seems to be frequently covered in spider webs.