Leavenworth State Fishing Lake

Leavenworth State Fishing Lake
View across the lake from the dam
- Photo by Jim Mason

Leavenworth State Fishing Lake in the Glaciated Region is surrounded oak-hickory forest. Bur, chinquapin, white, red, and black oaks cover the hills, plus bitternut and shagbark hickory. Willow, elm, locust, box elder, and silver maple line the lakeshore. The uplands have some native tallgrass prairie glades. This forest-prairie mosaic, along with the lake and an area of wetlands a short distance south of the west entrance, supports a multitude of wildlife.

As you approach the lake, survey the grasslands for prairie birds. In fall and spring scan the open waters for common goldeneyes, buffleheads, canvasbacks, mallards, northern pintails, and northern shovelers. In winter, many geese use this lake. Blue-gray gnatcatchers, yellow-throated vireos, Kentucky warbIers, yellow warblers, and northern orioles nest in the area. Listen at night for chuck-will's-widows, whip-poor-wills, barred owls, and great horned owls. In the dim light of dusk and dawn, white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, opossums, raccoons, and beaver are active. By mid-morning gray and fox squirrels can be seen scampering through the trees.

bulletRestroom, Water available, Picnic tables.

Camping icon Primitive camping only.

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Trail icon No developed trails.

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Leavenworth State Lake map

Directions:   From Tonganoxie (20 miles west of Kansas City) go 3 miles north on K-16; then take the blacktop 2 miles west.  Pick up a site brochure at the entrance kiosk.

Location in Kansas

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Ownership: The entity responsible for management of Leavenworth State Fishing Lake is  the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism.  Contact them at (785) 273-6740 if you have specific questions about use or management of the site.  Visit their website for more information.

501 acres,  160 surface acres for the lake. 

You may download the KDWPT brochure for Leavenworth State Fishing Lake from their web site.

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