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Pottawatomie Lake No. 1 State Fishing Lake


Manhattan, KS
GPS: 39.47227 -96.40907

Contact Information

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


The 190 acres to build this lake was purchased in April, 1932 by Kansas Forestry Fish & Game Commision. The dam and lake was built in cooperation by the Kansas Forestry Fish & Game Commision, W.P.A, and the Kansas Highway Commision.


Pottawatomie State Fishing Lake No. 1 is located five miles north of Westmoreland or two miles south of Blaine on Kansas highway 99. Of the 190 acres purchased, only 24 acres was inundated for the lake. The maximum depth of the lake is 17 feet, with an average depth of 6 to 8 feet. Fish species which can be found include Channel Catfish, Black Bass, Crappie and Bluegill. The area also includes 166 acres of public hunting. Populations of Deer, Turkey, Fox Squirrels, Bobwhite Quail and other species can be found on the property. Pottawatomie State Fishing Lake No. 1 has several primitive camp sites located on the North as well as West sides of the property. A short hiking trail is located on the property that offers a great chance to enjoy the outdoors and get a little exercise at the same time!

Special Regulations:
  • Off Road Vehicles Prohibitted.
  • 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.
  • Alcohol & Cereal Malt beverages Prohibitted.
  • Fires allowed in provided metal firerings only.
  • Channel Catfish Creel Limit of 5; length greater than 15".
  • Open to Trapping.

Special Features

  • A hiking trail through the rolling hills of this area can challenge your physical ability.
  • Wintering Bald Eagles can be found on the area as migrating waterfowl numbers increase.
  • In 2007, this property received a grant from the National Wild Turkey Federation to improve habitat for wild turkey. Funding has been spent on removing tree species from over-grown grassland sites. This has greatly improved wild turkey habitat as well as habitat for a host of other upland species. Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism once again put in for the grant in 2011. We are looking forward to continuing our partnership with the National Wild Turkey Federation!