Osage State Fishing Lake

Osage State Fishing Lake
Smooth Sumac in Autumn at Osage State Fishing Lake
- Photo by Jim Mason

Osage State Fishing Lake lies in a small, pleasant valley of the Osage Cuestas. Around the lake is a riparian woodland, and the upland is native bluestem prairie.  The best wildlife habitat is on the east side of the lake.

In fall and spring the water attracts migrating waterfowl including snow geese, Canada geese, mallards, pintails, common mergansers, and common goldeneyes. On occasion a migrating osprey is seen plunging, talons first, into the lake for fish. Eastern screech-owls, great horned owls, northern flickers, hairy woodpeckers, eastern wood-pewees, and white-breasted nuthatches can be found in the woods.

In summer search the fields and prairies for eastern meadowlarks, mourning doves, northern bobwhite quail, grasshopper sparrows, scissor-tailed flycatchers, and both eastern and western kingbirds. In the nesting season listen for the boom of diving male nighthawks courting their mates. Common around the lake are muskrats and beavers. Watch for white-tailed deer and coyotes year-round.

bulletRestroom, Picnic tables, Boat ramp, Water available.

Camping icon Primitive camping only.

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Trail icon No developed trails.

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Osage State Lake map

Directions: From Carbondale (15 miles S of Topeka) take U.S. 75 2 miles south to intersection of U.S. 56.  One entrance is 0.8 miles E on U.S. 56 and the other is 1 mile S on U.S. 75.

Location in Kansas

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Ownership: The entity responsible for management of Osage State Fishing Lake is the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism.  Contact them at (620) 431-0380 if you have specific questions about use or management of the site.
You may download the KDWPT brochure on Osage State Fishing Lake from their web site.

506 acres

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