Cowley State Fishing Lake


20467 US Hwy 166
Dexter, KS 67038
GPS: N37 06.239 W96 47.720

Contact Information

Manage: Kurt Grimm,

Phone: (620) 876-5730


The 197 acre Cowley State Fishing Lake was made available to the Kansas Forestry Fish and Game Commission in 1953.


Cowley State Fishing Lake is located 16 miles east of Arkansas City, immediately adjacent to Highway 166. The 84 acre lake was drained and rehabilitated in 1988-1989. Fish attractors were installed in the lake, and necessary maintenance was performed at that time. The lake was allowed to refill in the spring of 1989, and restocking program began that year. Water quality of the lake is excellent and extremely clear. Fish species in the lake include channel catfish, largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, walleye, crappie and flathead.

Hunting is allowed on the lake and its surrounding 113 acres. Although the area is small, hunters have success on quail, rabbits and squirrel. Waterfowl numbers are fair to good on the lake. Many nongame species are also present on the area for bird watching and photography.

Special Regulations:
  • No trash policy, please take your trash with you.
  • Boats for fishing only. No Wake lake.
  • Vehicles must stay on maintained roads.
  • No fireworks are allowed.