Washington State Fishing Lake

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Washington State Fishing Lake Camping Area

There are several shelters, picnic tables and fire rings available for public use.


Washington, KS
GPS: N39 55.780 W97 7.082

Contact Information

Manager: Kristin Kloft
Phone: 785-461-5402
Public Lands Bio Tech: Derek Moon


The lake was initially constructed and stocked in 1958. The lake was rehabilitated and restocked in 1975. A silt catching and settling basin was created in 1977 by constructing a dike across the upper third portion of the lake and lowering the water level five feet.


Washington State Fishing Lake and Wildlife Area is located 12 miles northwest of Washington, a short distance from the Nebraska border. The 65-acre lake in surrounded by 352 acres of public hunting land that harbors quail, pheasant, dove, squirrels, rabbits, white-tailed deer, turkey, beaver, muskrats, raccoons, coyotes, bobcats and numerous nongame birds and animals. The lake also serves as a stopover area for migrating waterfowl in the fall and spring. Several food plots are maintained each year to provide winter food for birds and other wildlife.

The lake has been stocked with several species of fish including: largemouth bass, walleye, saugeye, channel and flathead catfish, bluegill and crappie. Test nettings are performed annually to monitor the fish population and supplemental stockings are made when necessary.


The lake and wildlife area are open year round. Picnic tables, fireplace grills and primitive camping areas are available for public use.

Special Regulations:
  • Off Road Vehicle and Horse use is prohibited.
  • Trotlines and setlines are not allowed on state fishing lakes.
  • Motor boats may be used for fishing and hunting purposes only on state fishing lakes.

Special Features: Special provisions are available for handicapped persons. Please call the Milford Wildlife Office at (785) 461-5402 for more information.