Thursday, July 1, 2010

Kansas Lakes

Photo by Ian Kluft 2009
Happy Fourth of July to all! Many Kansans will be headed out to various Kansas lakes and reservoirs to enjoy a day on the water and some quality fireworks. The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks teamed up with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide beautiful lakes across Kansas for water control, drinking, fishing, camping and pure entertainment. More than 150 lakes, 10,000 stream miles, and 55,000 ponds make the state attractive to boaters of many types. Most of the lakes are well-served by public access facilities and provide excellent opportunities for anglers, swimmers, skiers, sailboaters, powerboaters, canoeists and others. In addition to firework displays at many state parks, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) has planned a number of special park events. Fishing tournaments continue as a favorite summer pastime, while other events — including a veterans reunion at El Dorado State Park, a sand castle contest at Lovewell, boat races at Kanopolis, and a trail run at Perry — make state park visits a July treat.

Find a map of state parks and contact information at:

Find a list of all lakes in Kansas and the US Army Corps of Engineers parks:

Find a map of where you can put your boat in:

Going fishing this weekend? Find out the best fishing holes:

Check your catch against the record holders:

Make sure you're fishing in accordance with state regulations:

Don't forget to bring a few dollars to pay park fees and/or permits:

And don't forget to register your boat!

On Monday, be sure to wash out your boats to prevent zebra mussels and other aquatic nuisance species from migrating:

Article contact: Kim Harp

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