From the intersection of SR (State Route) 78/N Main St. and SR 9/W Locust
St. in Canton, go north on SR 78/N Main St. for 1.6 miles. Turn left (west) on
Lakeland Park Drive and go approximately 0.8 miles to the park on the right.
Measuring nearly 600 acres in size, Canton's Lakeland Park is a prime
example of the possibilities involved in restoring ecological integrity to strip
mining sites. Much of the park's terrain is tallgrass prairie habitat. In those
sections which have been allowed to restore themselves, grassland birds such
as meadowlark, sparrows, Red-winged Blackbirds, American Woodcock,
Bobolink, and others frolic in the prairie wildfl owers. Look also for butterflies
and dragonflies, especially within those grassland sites adjacent to the lakes.
Residents and visitors alike can take advantage of the park's five lakes, hardsurfaced
walking/biking trails, boat launching facilities, fishing piers, and lake
overlooks. Another favorite pastime among locals is catfish feeding from
the chute bridge between Bond and Fitch lakes. Small bags of catfish food are
sold at the concession stand.