Marion Lake, KS

Marion Lake, Kansas

According to power index, Marion Reservoir ranks No. 1 in the state of Kansas for walleye fishing, according to KSPWC. In addition, hunting, hiking, camping, wind surfing, boating, swimming, surf bathing, bird watching and picnicking are available at one large Corps of Engineers lake in the center of Marion County. Marion Reservoir encompasses 6,200 acres of water, surrounded by another 6,000 acres of public lands.

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Marion Lake Fishingmore

Marion Reservoir Fishing
Marion Reservoir FishingDuring the past few years the conditions for fishing have been excellent here because of unique conditions that occurred several years back. In the late 80s and early 90s there was a localized drought that caused the water level to be eight feet blow normal for several years, allowing a lot of vegetation to grow around the shore. When the rains and flooding of 1993 occurred, the water level shot up to eight feet above normal, so the lake experienced a 16-foot increase in a very short time. It was like a new lake had been formed, and the habitat for fish was prime, resulting in a boom fishing period.

The lake is most noted for its channel catfish, walleye, white bass and wipers. Black bass and crappie populations are good and improving . There is also a good population of truly lunker-size flathead catfish. An 18 inch limit is in effect for walleyes and black bass. A fisherman's parking area with fish attractors and fish feeders is located in Cottonwood Cove.

Marion Lake Campingmore

Marion Reservoir Camping
Marion Reservoir CampingCamping and picnicking opportunities are numerous with over 160 campsites located in four parks. Cottonwood Point and Hillsboro Cove include tables, grills, sun shelters, electrical hook-ups, showers, RV sump stations, group camping areas, playgrounds and beaches. Marion Cove and French Creek Cove include tables, grills and sun shelters. All the parks have potable water. Cottonwood Point also includes some sites with 50 amp electrical service and individual water hookups.

Marion Reservoir has recently been added to the National Recreation Reservation Service. Campers may reserve sites by calling toll-free, 1-877-444-6777.

Marion Lake Boatingmore

Marion Reservoir Boating
Marion Reservoir BoatingSeven boat ramps around the reservoir make is accessible for those who enjoy the rush of water skiing or jet skiing. The reservoir has several coves that offer sheltered areas for such activities, as well as swimming and picnics. Cottonwood Point has two ramps with four lanes and along with Hillsboro Cove and Marion Cove ramps provide ramp lights and courtesy docks. There is a fee to use these ramps, but French Creek, Durham Cove, and Broken Bridge ramps are free.

Marion Lake Trailsmore

Marion Reservoir Trails
For nature lovers who don't care to pursue the water sports, a 1-mile nature trail, called Willow Walk Trail, has been built at Cottonwood Point to highlight the natural habitat of the area. Much of the trail is under the shade of trees, making it an enjoyable walk during warm summer afternoons.

Marion Lake Huntingmore

Marion Reservoir Hunting
Upland game hunter will find a mixed bag, including pheasants, quail, squirrels, rabbits, turkeys and white-tail deer. A large percentage of the perimeter of the lake is maintained as a public hunting area by the Corps. Waterfowl Hunters will find good populations of Canada, snow and white-front geese, as well as all species of ducks found within the Central Flyway.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks maintains a large percentage of the perimeter of the lake as a public hunting area. A map showing the location of this public hunting land may be obtained at the project office. The Department also maintains a waterfowl refuge at Marion Reservoir located just east of French Creek Cove which is off-limits to the public. Its boundaries are designated on the Marion Reservoir brochure and the hunting map.

Marion Lake Fishing Reportsmore

Marion Reservoir 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!


Marion 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
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Marion Lake Map

Marion Lake Information

Fees: Park Permits Required

Location: Located just north of US 56 between the communities of Marion and Hillsboro.

Contact: Corps Office: 620-382-2101

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