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Pottawatomie Lake No. 2 State Fishing Lake


Manhattan, KS
GPS: 39.22785 -96.51569

Contact Information

Manager: Nathan Henry
Phone: (785) 539-9999

Region 2 Office 785-273-6740


The Lake was created by a 1953 donation from Dr. & Mrs. Robert L. Freidrich of Manhattan. The donation included 247 acres of Flint Hills land in southwest Pottawatomie County, specifically dedicated to future development of a recreational lake and park. In 1955, the department completed a 75 acre lake.


The 179 acres surrounding the lake is a wildlife refuge, predominately riparian timber with some native grass on the upland area. Primitive camping is allowed on the west side of the lake. Boating is restricted to fishing only. The lake population includes Channel Catfish (which are stocked during the summer months thanks to funding from the Urban Fishing Program), Black bass, Bluegill, Crappie, Flat-head catfish, and Walleye.

Special Regulations:
  • Primitive camping is allowed in the designated areas.
  • Alcoholic and Cereal Malt Beverages are Prohibited.
  • Fires permitted in provided metal fire rings only.
  • Special Creel Limit - Channel Catfish - 5.
  • Off-road vehicle, ATV use, horseback riding and target shooting are prohibited.
  • Registered vessels are allowed on the lake for fishing purposes only, with boating speed being reasonable and prudent.
  • Vessels not requiring registration (ie. canoes, kayaks, paddle boats, etc.) may be used on this state fishing lake for recreational use.
  • The area is closed to all hunting except to those individuals drawn for special deer or turkey hunts each fall and spring.
  • Everyone is asked to drive maintained roads only.