Miami State Fishing Lake

Location/Address:

Fontana, KS
County/Counties: Miami
GPS: 38.42182 -094.77035

Contact Information

Manager: Eric Kilburg
Phone: (913) 783-4507

History:

Miami State Lake dates back to 1931, when a private sportsman group was managing it as a 90-acre duck marsh. The Forestry Fish and Game, now Kansas Wildlife and Parks, purchased the lake in 1941 to be managed as a state fishing lake.

Description:

Today the Miami State Fishing Lake includes 101 acres of water bounded by about 150 acres of timbered hillsides and the Marais des Cygnes River. The lake and fishery was renovated in 2001. Renovation included removal of the existing fishery, habitat construction, and fish stockings. Initial stockings included largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, channel catfish, and black crappie. A boat ramp, courtesy dock, fourteen earthen piers, and a vault toilet are available for lake users.

Special Regulations:
  • Vehicles are permitted on maintained roads and parking only.
  • Primitive camping is permitted on the earthen piers, but please take your trash with you.
  • Alcoholic liquor and ceral malt beverages are prohibited.
  • Fires are authorized only in provided metal fire rings and grills.
  • Fireworks are prohibited.
  • Motorized vessels on state fishing lakes shall be operated for hunting and fishing only.
  • Swimming is prohibited.
  • Hunting is permitted by legal means during set seasons.