Osage State Fishing Lake

Location/Address:

Carbondale, KS
County/Counties: Osage
GPS: N38 45.795 W95 40.541

Contact Information

Manager: Don Patton
Phone: 620-699-3372

History:

The Kansas Fish and Game Commission purchased 506 acres in 1955

Description:

The area is being used as a combination wildlife and fishing area. Construction of an earthen dam created a lake approximately 140 acres in size. The remaining 366 acres consist mainly of tall grass prairie with numerous wooded draws and slopes. Soils are thin with rock layers below much of the area. Much of the area consists of native tall grass with heavily wooded draws. Species managed for include quail and other small game.

Special Regulations:
  • Off Road Vehicle and Horse use is prohibited.
  • Camping is allowed only in designated areas.
  • Swimming is prohibited.
  • Only shotgun and archery hunting allowed. No rifles
  • Primitive Camping Only

Special Features: The Santa Fe Trail crossed the northeast corner of the area. Several of the wagon ruts are still visible just east of the north entry road.