Boating in Kansas

Milford Lake

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The state’s largest lake, and only fifteen minutes from our dealership in Junction City, boasts of great fishing. Walleye concentrate along the face of the dam in early April to spawn, then move to the flats at Farnum Creek and mud points near School Creek. Nearly all of the brushy and rocky coves contain crappie and largemouth bass, but coves in the Rolling Hills and Curtis Creek areas are traditional hot- spots for crappie.

Wipers were introduced into the lake in 1989. This species has populated exceptionally well with some being recorded bigger than 20LBS.  Topwater plugs in spring and early summer is the most exciting way to catch them. These aggressive fish can be caught throughout the season.

White bass and catfish are plentiful in a variety of locations, and smallmouth bass frequent the face of the dam, as well as rocky points in the lower half of the lake. Milford is known for great smallmouth fishing and it holds the current state record of 6.88LBS.

The lake is also great for recreational boating and water sports. There are 12 boat launches located around the lake, as well as two marinas that offer boat slips, groceries, boat dump stations and gasoline. The large half-moon shaped sandy beach just to the north end of Farnum Creek is one of the most popular spots for the family boater or if you just want to catch some rays!

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Tuttle Creek Lake

Tuttle Creek

Located near Manhattan in northeast Kansas, Tuttle Creek State Park offers visitors a broad variety of outdoor recreation possibilities and plenty of room to roam. The communities of Manhattan, Wamego, Fort Riley, Olsburg, Randolph and Westmoreland offer nearby eating establishments and visitor opportunities. Tuttle Creek Reservoir, the state’s second largest impoundment, offers 12,500 acres of water and approximately 100 miles of rugged, wooded shoreline to explore. Eleven parks and a marina offer a wide range of facilities such as fishing, boating, camping, picnicking, and outdoor sports.

Channel and flathead catfish can be found in the lake and in the river above and below. Good populations of crappie can be found in wooded coves and submerged brush piles. Fair numbers of largemouth bass are caught in the southern half of the lake and in River Pond while Bass tend to stay back in the protected coves near brushy cover. In early April, fair to good numbers of saugeye can be taken off the face of the dam, as well as in the river below. Often traveling in large schools, white bass are abundant in open water and off rocky points in mid-April. Rainbow trout are stocked from September to March in Willow Lake located in River Pond State Park, providing an unusual fishing opportunity in Kansas. (A special trout stamp is required.)

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Perry Lake

Perry_Lake_Kansas_BoatsIts close proximity to Kansas City, Lawrence, and the state capitol, Topeka, make Perry Lake a very popular destination, with the nickname “Paradise on the Plains”. Perry State Park offers a wide variety of water recreation and outdoor activities. Three marinas and multiple boat launch ramps are available around the Lake.

Bassmaster.com has named Perry Lake one of America’s 100 best bass lakes.  In addition to the white bass and largemouth bass, many other species of fish are also available to anglers including bluegill, channel catfish, crappie, sauger, and walleye.

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Wilson Lakewilson_lake

Wilson lake, known as the “clearest lake in Kansas,” is located in the Smoky Hills of North Central Kansas–a rolling landscape of hills, buttes and hazy valleys.

Boating is the most popular pastime on the lake, with plenty of room for water skiing, wake boarding, jet skiing, sailing and more.

The high salinity content of the Saline River aids the stocking of ocean-native Striped Bass, which have been known to reach enormous sizes in Wilson Lake. Walleye, Large and Smallmouth bass can be found in abundance in the lake, as well as White bass, and Channel and Flathead Catfish.

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Clinton Lake

clintonClinton Lake is a reservoir on the southwestern edge of Lawrence, on 15,000 acres surrounding 7,000 acres of surface water providing plenty of space for outdoor recreation activities.

Clinton Lake is the source of water for over 100,000 people in northeastern Kansas, making it the most relied on reservoir in the state.

The lake offers opportunities for boating, fishing and other water sports. It is well-stocked with crappie, walleye, channel catfish and white bass. The surrounding land, part of which is Clinton State Park, allows access to mountain biking trails, camping, hiking, horseback riding, geocaching, hunting, picnicking and wildlife viewing.


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Council Grove LakeCG Lake

Council Grove Lake, one mile north of Council Grove, is in the heart of the Flint Hills. Boating is a popular pastime at the lake, and two boat ramps are located in the campground for visitors’ convenience.

The lake is known for its fishing opportunities, with crappie and catfish being the most abundant. Fair to excellent populations of saugeye, white bass, wiper, and largemouth bass are also present.


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