Concannon State Fishing Lake
Garden City, KS
GPS: N38 4 11.19 W100 33 32.67
Concannon consists of 800 acres, which were purchased by the state in 1989.
Concannon State Fishing Lake and Wildlife Area is located on the north side of Highway 156, approximately 17 miles northeast of Garden City Kansas. Approximately 410 acres of grassland, 300 acres of cropland, a 50 acre lake, and a 40 acre marsh make up the property. The area offers a large variety of recreational opportunities to the visitors. Primitive camping is allowed in an area that has ADA restrooms, an ADA courtesy dock, and a boat ramp. The proximity of Concannon to Garden City lends the area well to day use activities such as bird watching, photography, hiking, fishing, hunting and picnicking.
Recently (in 2013) 2 water holes and a small food plot were constructed in the west half of the property. This will provide an added resource for wildlife when weather is exceptionally dry and should be excellent for migratory birds.
The murky water conditions and extreme water-level fluctuations restrict the fishery of the lake to the stocking of channel catfish. Management plans include the revitalization of the fishery as water levels and other conditions permit. It is possible that the lake fishery will eventually include channel catfish, sunfish, and black bass.
The area offers a wide variety of opportunities to enjoy wildlife. Hunting, bird watching, and outdoor photography are just a few of the permitted activities. The large marshy area, in conjunction with the lake, provides a wonderful place to observe ducks, geese, herons and shore-birds. Other species include ring-necked pheasant, bobwhite quail, white-tailed deer, numerous species of waterfowl, furbearers, and non-game animals.
- All regulations pertaining to state fishing lakes are in effect.
- Vehicles are restricted to maintained roads only.
- A No Trash policy is in effect. Please take home the trash you create.