Leavenworth State Fishing Lake

Location/Address:

24421 Parallel Road
Tonganoxie, KS 66086
GPS: N39 07.326 W95 09.618

Contact Information

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

Public Lands Manager: Justin Hamilton

Phone: (913) 845-2665

History:

The Forestry, Fish and Game Commission of Kansas purchased original portions of the land in 1929. Another land purchase in 1930 completed the property to its current size. Construction of the lake began in 1930, and the area was opened to fishing and hunting in 1932.

Description:

The Leavenworth Wildlife Area is 341 acres consisting primarily of timber with some open grassland areas. These grassland areas exemplify the historic native prairie that once dominated this area. Management techniques employed on the wildlife area include prescribed burning, timber encroachment control, and control of invasive plant species.

Deer and turkey commonly use the wildlife area. Squirrels and rabbits are also found on the area in good numbers. Other wildlife that may be seen at Leavenworth State Lake includes furbearers, waterfowl, amphibians, reptiles, and both resident and migrating songbirds. Upland birds may also potentially be found on the area. Hunters and trappers are reminded to be considerate of other public users as well as surrounding neighbors with domestic pets.

Primitive camping is allowed in designated areas. No electricity or running water is available. There are two open shelter houses that can be reserved by contacting the area manager. Please carry out all garbage.

Special Regulations:
  • Special firearms restrictions exist on the Wildlife Area. No centerfire rifles are allowed and deer hunting is by shotgun and archery only.
  • Alcohol beverages, including cereal malt, are prohibited
  • Motorized boating allowed for hunting and fishing purposes only
  • Camping and campfires in designated areas only
  • Campfires allowed in provided metal rings only
  • Target shooting, off-road vehicle use, and horse riding are prohibited
  • Area users are encouraged to visit information boards for all area-specific regulations
  • A refuge includes the south half of the lake and surrounding areas. - No hunting is allowed at any time in this area.

Structural work on the Dam is complete, and the Lake is slowly filling back up.