Found: July 10, 2016
This natural waterfall is located on the south side of Dennis Avenue (or 143rd Street, whichever you prefer, but the street signs say Dennis in this area) where Cedar Creek empties into Lake Olathe at the south end of the lake. The Dennis Avenue bridge crosses over the south end of the lake and you can see the falls as you drive by. The falls were running pretty good this day as I’m sure all the recent rains are keeping the creeks flowing.
It is a popular fishing area in that the pool where Cedar Creek empties into is easily accessible. There are large rocks down to the lake’s edge on the east side. As you can see in a couple of pictures, there was a man and his two kids fishing the day I took the photos. Do be careful though, it is uneven terrain.
There is a small turnout on the southeast end of the bridge, but if someone is already there fishing that spot may be taken and it’s big enough for maybe two vehicles, depending on how they parked. There is a driveway to nowhere a little west of bridge on the south side, but there was someone parked there the day I was there. If you go a little further west of the bridge, on the north side there is what looks to be a camping area, that may or may not be used anymore as there were no signs anywhere, that you can pull into. It is maybe a quarter-mile away, if that far, and you will have to cross the road to get to the waterfall.
Found: May 15, 2016
Next to Marco Polo’s Italian Market and along the Indian Creek Bike Trail that passes by here is the Watts Mill Historical Site. There are a couple of plaques, although one is basically faded to the point of illegibility. There is also a “sign” erected over a couple of old millstones with plaques on either side with information about the site and the millstones. I did not take a picture of the millstones because they have been vandalized with spray paint.
There is a small park on the site and there is an overlook from where you can see the waterfall. If you walk south along the bike path there are some breaks to where you can get down on the rocks right on the creek and right on top of the waterfall. I walked up the creek a little ways and found a small flock of geese sunning themselves on a rock. I also walked down the path towards the bridge on 103rd Street and took a couple of long shots from there.