El Dorado Lake, KS

El Dorado Lake, Kansas

El Dorado Reservoir is located in an area of rolling terrain made up of croplands, prairies, woodlands, and marshes. The lake provides many attractive areas for water oriented activities such as camping, picnicking, swimming, fishing, boating, and hunting. Four recreational areas located near the lake are -- Boulder Bluff, Shady Creek, Bluestem Point, and Lost Lake. The reservoir at conservation pool is 8,000 surface acres of water with approximately 98 miles of shoreline. The average depth of the reservoir is 19 feet.

The U.S. army Corps of Engineers has granted responsibility to the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks to manage the fisheries and wildlife resources of the area. There are approximately 4,000 acres of land available for public hunting and approximately 2,000 acres of park land for hunting waterfowl and upland game.

There are roads and parking, boat launching ramps, a potable water supply, fireplaces, picnic tables, shelters and showers that are all available to the public.

An overlook structure constructed of native limestone is located on the left bank of the lake adjacent to the buildings and provides an excellent view of the dam and lake. The approach to the overlook is a bridged ramp designed for easy access and use by the handicapped.

Stones and a date block from a local school, constructed in 1897, have been incorporated in the structure and walkway. The schoolhouse was located on a tract of land about one mile NW of the overlook site. The land inundated by the lake was given to the school district by George and Elizabeth Parker, pioneers of Prospect Township. The date block over the door to the old "School District 94" was placed in an approach pillar at the ramp entry. The pillar on the opposite side of the entry contains a metal plaque with a tribute to the pioneers of the area and an inscription about the school.

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El Dorado Lake Fishingmore

El Dorado Lake Fishing
El Dorado Reservoir has been stocked wth a variety of sportfish, including walleye, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie and bluegill. Other species include flathead catfish, white crappie, white bass, black bullhead, drum and carp.

The lower half of the lake has steep, rocky shorelines. Approximately half of the timber in the reservoir basin was left standing. Much of the timber that was clear-cut below existing city lakes was stacked into piles and rows to serve as fish attractors. A portion of the standing timber on the west shoreline was also placed as fish attractors. These fish attractors are anchored in areas where water depths range from 6 to 18 feet. The standing timber and fish attractors are marked with buoys for easy location.

Areas that have potential for good fishing include rip-rap on the face of the dam, rip-rap along the railroad right-of-way on the north end of the lake, old submerged railroad beds, old river channels, fish attractors and standing timber. A public fishing area is maintained below the dam at the reservoir outlet.

Crappie and largemouth bass fishing are good in standing timber and around fish attractors. Walleye fishing is good along the face of the dam and on the old railroad bed. Channel catfish fishing is good throughout the lake and in the river below the outlet. Flathead catfish fishing is good in many areas, especially "Old Bluestem Lake."

El Dorado Lake Trout Fishingmore

El Dorado Lake Trout Fishing
From October 15 to April 15, rainbow trout are stocked in the Walnut River channel below the dam. The trout are stocked on a bi-monthly rotation and have become a favorite of many local anglers. A trout permit is required to fish in the area and anglers may take a limit of five trout per day. The possession limit of trout is 15. Trout fishing is only permitted between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m..

El Dorado Lake Huntingmore

El Dorado Lake Hunting
El Dorado Lake HuntingThe Flint Hills area surrounding El Dorado Reservoir offers excellent opportunities for quail, prairie chicken, dove, turkey and deer. Pheasants are present but their numbers are low. A substantial number of waterfowl is attracted to the reservoir and the department has established a flock a giant Canada geese on the reservoir.

Squirrels, rabbits, songbirds and numerous other species of wildlife also inhabit the area. Public hunting areas are clearly posted.

Hunting at the El Dorado area is subject to applicable state and federal wildlife regulations. Hunting is permited in areas with signs marked "Public Hunting." Many portions of the area are not open to hunting because of development. Areas open to public hunting within the state park require a state park vehicle permit. Only temporary blinds are authorized and must be removed after each day's use.

El Dorado Lake Campingmore

El Dorado Lake Camping
El Dorado Lake CampingA variety of campsites are available in El Dorado State Park. Nearly 1,100 campsites in four campgrounds offer visitors utility hookups or primitive sites. Primitive camping is restricted to designated sites; please take your trash with you.

The Walnut River Campground is located below the dam and offers full utility hookup campsites and several shower houses.

The Bluestem Point Campground is the most diverse with primitive sites up to full hookup sites available, as well as camping cabins.

Shady Creek and Boulder Bluff Campgrounds are more primitive but still offer shower houses.

Some of the campsites are available on a reservation basis. Seven shelter houses and five cabins are available for reservation. There is also a designated campground where horses are permited.

Other facilities include two swimming beaches, each with a restroom/showerhouse; the Shady Creek Marina; a large amphitheater with an indoor and outdoor stage; six boat ramps with courtesy docks; and several trails for hikers, bikers and horse riders.

Rent ? A- Camp Program
For those visitors that need camping gear, the Rent ? A- Camp Program provides tents, stoves, lanterns and other camping supplies for a modest fee from the park office. All you need to do is have fun!

El Dorado Lake Cabinsmore

El Dorado Lake Cabins
El Dorado Lake CabinsEl Dorado State Park is providing log cabins as an alternative camping opportunity. The cabins are availbale to all visitors year-round. They are especially beneficial for individuals who enjoy the facilities provided by the park but would rather not "rough it." You can experience the beauty of the lake from the comfort of one of five primitive cabins and two deluxe cabins. Beds are fitted with mattresses only, so YOU WILL NEED TO BRING YOUR OWN BEDDING.

Small Cabins: Each cabin will accommodate a family or group of up to four people and provides the following: full bed, bunk bed, electricity, air conditioner, heater, water hydrant (outside), table and 4 chairs. The cabins are also equipped with barbecue grills, picnic tables, and glass windows. For your convenience, restrooms and shower facilities are open year round; and are centrally located.

Deluxe Cabins: These new cabins will sleep from six to ten persons and feature a furnished kitchen with refrigerator/freezer, oven and cook top, microwave, a full bathroom with shower, A/C, heat, a separate bedroom and a sleeping loft.

Directions to Cabins: Enter Bluestem Point off of Highway 177. Stay on main road through Bluestem point. Before reaching Boat Ramp #2, take swimming beach turn off and follow road to cabins.

FEES (Small Cabins): Fri, Sat., & Holidays - $35.00
All Other Days - $30
Nonrefundable reservation deposit - $10
Required Damage Deposit - $35
(All fees subject to change)

El Dorado Lake Hiking Trailsmore

El Dorado Lake Hiking/Biking Trails
A variety of trails are available at El dorado State Park. In the Walnut River campground are the Teter Nature Trail, the Walnut Ridge Trail and the Double Black Diamond Mountain Bike Trail.

- The Teter Nature Trail is a 3/4 mile long hiking trail which meanders through the scenic Flint Hills.
- The Walnut Ridge Trail is a scenic hike/bike trail which winds along the Walnut River.
- The Double Black Diamond Trial is a branch off the Walnut Ridge Trail and is a challenging mountain bike ride through the timber along the Walnut river.

El Dorado Lake Equestrian Trailsmore

El Dorado Lake Equine Trail
El Dorado Lake Equine TrailIn Loop One of Boulder Bluff is a campground dedicated to the horse enthusiast. Several sites with hitching posts are available and a 12 mile trail parallels the shoreline of El Dorado Lake.

El Dorado Lake Fishing Reportsmore

El Dorado Lake Fishing Report

This is just to remind you that fishing reports are given with the best intentions to help you catch fish. And do remember fishing reports given a few hours ago can change due to a whole list of circumstances. But ---- they are still one of the best ways to determine if fish are biting or not. You might consider calling someone local to find out if the report is still current. Otherwise go and have a good time in participating in the challenge of catching some fish while you have fun fishing!

And if your at your destination for a day or more check out the LASR menu above for local events, attractions and businesses that are there to help make your trip more enjoyable. And thanks to those who do their best to give us great fishing information!


El Dorado Lake Organizationsmore

Kansas Walleye Association

You are invited to the five scheduled tournaments at some of the finest lakes in Kansas.

The KWA welcomes anglers of all ages. It is tournament fishing for fun. Many of our teams consist of men and women, parent and child, grandparent and grandchild, cousins, friends and co-workers.

The 2013 KWA Season starts in May and concludes in mid-June.

Address: 1314 N. Wilshire Drive, Hutchinson, KS 67501
Phone: 620-662-0296
Our Email: webstert@kansaswalleye.org
Our Website:kansaswalleye.org

El Dorado Lake Map

El Dorado Lake Information

Fees: Park Permit Required

Location: 3 miles E, 2 miles N of El Dorado

Contact: 316-321-7180

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