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Fall River Lake Recreation

Fishing and Hunting

Fall River Lake enjoys a moderate climate. Sun washed summers and mild winters provide for many high quality recreational days.

Fishing is productive through the year with the greatest activity in the spring. Species of sport fish include crappie and large mouth and white bass. Channel and flathead catfishing is quite good and often spectacular.

Most lands at Fall River are open for public hunting with the exception of the Kansas Department of  Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism lands, developed camping areas, picnic areas, dam and project operation sites, as well as refuge areas. Game species managed by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are primarly bobwhite quail, mourning dove, greater prarrie chicken, cottontail rabbit, squirrel, white-tailed deer, and turkey.

Hunting and fishing is regulated by Kansas law and federal regulation. Courtesy and safety is to be practiced at all times. Good sportmanship is expected and, when observed, provides for a pleasant experience for everyone.

Day use by the general public on all lands is free of charge with the exception of the Kansas State Parks. Visitors should contact Kansas Department of  Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism personnel for complete details

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers parks in North Rock Ridge, Whitehall Bay, and Dam Site require overnight camping fees.    

Camping and Picnicking

Opportunities for outdoor family fun and recreation at the park areas surrounding Fall River include swimming, boating, water skiing, picnicking, and sightseeing. Facilities available at these areas include picnic and camping sites, boat ramps, and sanitary facilities, etc.   

Boating

Boating on the lake is in accordance with the Kansas boating laws and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' regulations. Operate your boat in a controlled, safe manner at all times.

Sightseeing

The vicinity in which Fall River Lake is located has long been prized for its rolling prairie and tree-dotted valleys, sheltered by limestone-capped ridges. The lake is about a mile wide at the damsite and stretches up the picturesque Fall River for 15 miles. The senic beauty of the area with its profusion of native wildlife and vegetation beckons all nature enthusiasts.

For bird watchers, there are more than 400 species of birds in the area, including migratory waterfowl and other species that spend the summer in Kansas, as well those that are inhabiting the area year round. In the spring and again in the fall, there are wildflowers in the open pastures, along fence rowsand in the wooded areas. Hedgerows and former farmsteads produce persimmon, Osage orange, redbud, and dogwood.

Swimming

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers swimming beach is located in the Whitehall Bay Campgound which is located on the northeast side of Fall River Lake.  

Trails

Various scenic hiking and bicycling trails are located around the shoreline of Fall River Lake.