Miami State Fishing Lake

Miami State Fishing Lake
Photo by Jim Mason

Miami State Fishing Lake lies in a scenic valley along the Marais des Cygnes River. The access road travels between the lake and the steep riverbank. Hills and trees provide a protected retreat for anglers as well as migrating waterfowl.

When approaching this area, visitors travel through wooded farm country with some remnants of tallgrass prairie. White-tailed deer thrive in this habitat. Loggerhead shrikes, American kestrels, and eastern meadowlarks are common. 

As you enter the property the drive descends steeply through mature oak-hickory forest.  Watch for pileated woodpeckers and, in spring and fall, for migrating songbirds. The roadway provides walking access for those searching for warblers, tanagers, vireos, flycatchers, and orioles. Both great horned and barred owls are also residents in the wooded areas. Copperheads may be found here.

Ducks, grebes, and mergansers stop here, as well as wintering bald eagles, which are easily observed against the hillsides bordering the east side of the lake.  Great blue herons may be seen along the shoreline on any of the numerous rock jetties.

 
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Boat ramp, Pit toilets.

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Miami State Fishing Lake is near the Frontier Military Scenic Byway.

Miami State Lake map

Directions: From La Cygne, (40 miles south of Olathe) follow 4th street north.  The road name changes to Querry Rd. and then to Somerset in Miami County. After 4 miles look for the small sign at the intersection of  387th and turn left.

Location in Kansas

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Ownership: The entity responsible for management of Miami State Fishing Lake is the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism.  Call them at (785) 273-6740 if you have specific questions about use or management of this site.
You may download the KDWPT brochure on Miami State Fishing Lake from their web site.

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