Leavenworth State Fishing
View across the lake from the dam
- Photo by Jim Mason
|Leavenworth State Fishing Lake in the Glaciated Region is
surrounded oak-hickory forest. Bur, chinquapin,
white, red, and black oaks cover the hills, plus
bitternut and shagbark hickory. Willow, elm, locust, box elder, and silver
maple line the lakeshore. The uplands have some
native tallgrass prairie glades.
This forest-prairie mosaic, along with the lake and an
area of wetlands a short distance south of the
west entrance, supports a multitude of wildlife.
As you approach the lake, survey the grasslands for prairie birds. In fall and spring scan
the open waters for common goldeneyes, buffleheads, canvasbacks, mallards, northern
pintails, and northern shovelers. In winter, many geese use this lake. Blue-gray
gnatcatchers, yellow-throated vireos, Kentucky warbIers, yellow warblers, and northern
orioles nest in the area. Listen at night for chuck-will's-widows, whip-poor-wills, barred
owls, and great horned owls. In the dim light of dusk and dawn, white-tailed deer, wild
turkeys, opossums, raccoons, and beaver are active. By mid-morning gray and fox squirrels
can be seen scampering through the trees.
|Restroom, Water available, Picnic tables.|
Primitive camping only.
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No developed trails.
Click the icon to find a birding list for Leavenworth County.
Click the icon to locate nearby Geocaches
From Tonganoxie (20 miles west of Kansas City) go 3 miles north on K-16; then take
the blacktop 2 miles west. Pick up a site brochure
at the entrance kiosk.
For the Google Map for this site,
The entity responsible for management of Leavenworth
State Fishing Lake is the Kansas
Department of Wildlife, Parks &
Tourism. Contact them at (785) 273-6740
if you have specific questions about use or management of the site. Visit
their website for more information.
160 surface acres for the lake.
You may download the KDWPT brochure for Leavenworth State Fishing Lake from
their web site.
Funded by the
Chickadee Checkoff Program
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