Jewell State Fishing Lake


Jewell, KS
GPS: N39 41 51.77 W98 16 54.62

Contact Information

Manager: Chris Lecuyer
Fish Biologist: Scott Waters;

Mailing Address:
Glen Elder Area Office:
2131 180 Rd.
Glen Elder, KS. 67446
Phone: (785)545-3345

A Google Earth Map of the entire area is now available:

Jewell SFL Google Earth Map (kmz file)


Jewell State Fishing Lake is located in Jewell County, four miles west and six miles south of Mankato, KS. or six miles west and two miles north of Jewell, KS. The property is managed by the Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks and comprises 57 acres of water and 108 acres of land. It was acquired and built by the KS. Fish and Game Commission in 1954 using Dingell-Johnson funding.



After years of drought in the mid 2000's, the lake completely refilled and actually overflowed through the outlet in summer 2010. It has remained within 3 foot of that level throughout the last 2 years.


JWSL 2011 fishing

Surrounded by grassland hills, Jewell State Lake was constructed primarily as a fishing area. This normally heavily used lake is between Glen Elder and Lovewell Reservoirs and provides a sheltered retreat not found on the bigger waters. The area and surrounding grassland vegetation is native prairie grasses, woodland trees and shrubs.

The fishery currently has largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill, redear sunfish, crappie, saugeye, and walleye. Five fishing piers are available around the lake to increase fishing access. Two fish feeders are used to improve growth and condition of the fish.

Public hunting is allowed, but due to the small land area, opportunities are limited. Pheasant, quail, turkey, dove, fox squirrel, rabbit, mule and whitetail deer, waterfowl, furbearers and many song birds and non-game wildlife inhabit or pass through and use the area. Food plots encourage wildlife to use the area and supplement the food provided by the native plants and surrounding agricultural lands.

Special Regulations:
  • Be sure to check current fishing regulations for the property posted at entrances and published annually in the Fishing Regulations Summary.
  • Camping when fishing at the lake is available only in one of 6 designated sites (Cattail Cove, Panfish Flats, Willow's Weep, Catfish Cove, Plum Thicket Shores, and Ash Creek). Seven picnic shelters with tables and grills as well as two pit toilets are conveniently located around the lake.
  • Trappers Hollow (Group Shelter), Turtlehead Bend, and Limestone Point areas are for day use only.
  • Camping is not permitted at the reservable Group Shelter, except by special permit.
  • Fires are only allowed in metal fire-rings. Use of fire-rings to burn any material other than wood or charcoal is illegal.
  • Swimming is not permitted.
  • Tying to and climbing on fish feeders will not be tolerated.
  • Motorized boats are allowed at no wake speeds, for fishing and hunting only. Small one and two person bass boats with a trolling motor are very effective at fishing the cover areas on the lake. A boat ramp with parking lot is located on the west side.

See the information shelters at each entrance for more information about the area, or contact the Glen Elder Area Office.