Clinton Lake, KS

Clinton Lake, Kansas

Clinton is popular with anglers. A mixture of trees and brush, mudflats, sharp drop-offs, deep river channels, rocks, and protected coves provide an abundance of fish habitat. To increase fishing potential, Clinton was filled slowly over a period of three years. Two-thirds of the native vegetation was allowed to remain on the lake bottom as fish habitat. White and black crappie, bluegill, largemouth and smallmouth bass, white bass, striped bass, northern pike, walleye, channel cat, flathead catfish, and bullhead all thrive in the lake.

Cities Near Clinton Lake

Clinton Lake Campingmore

Clinton State Park and USCOE Parks
Clinton State Park and USCOE ParksThe same diversity of species that attracts anglers and hunters provides excellent opportunities for photographers, naturalists, birdwatchers, mountain bikers, hikers, and skiers -- both water and snow. Clinton State Park, provides camping as well as day-use opportunities. Utility hookups, restrooms, drinking water, full-service marina, archery range, and playgrounds enhance the parks popularity with families. Local schools and scout groups use Clinton for environmental education activities.

Activities such as picnicking and swimming or camping on one of the nearly 500 campsites in the park are available. Clinton State Park also offers 240 RV sites with water and electricity. Nearby restrooms and showers add a touch of comfort to park. Clean adequate facilities and friendly helpful staff insure something for everyone.

Clinton State Park offers 15 reservable campsites with utilities, all other campsites are on a first-come basis.

CORPS OF ENGINEERS PARKS

The Corps of Engineers manages five campgrounds, Cedar, Walnut and Hickory in the Bloomington East Park, and Rockhaven Park and Woodridge Park. Campgrounds contain level campsites, many with electrical hookups, some with electrical and water hookups, lantern hanging posts, picnic tables, and fire rings or above ground grills. Shower buildings, sanitary dump stations and playgrounds are located in the more developed parks.

For USCOE campground videos visit the Kansas City District web page:

www.nwk.usace.army.mil/clinton/camping.htm

Cedar Ridge - $16.00 per night. This campground is open April 1 through mid-October and has 101 campsites with electric and water hookups. Many campsites have pull-through capabilities. There are three comfort stations, a shower building, playground, and a laundry facility.

Walnut - $14.00 per night (electrical hookup)/$10.00 per night (non-electric)/$8.00 per night (Oak Loop). This campground is open May 1 through September 30 and has 126 campsites. There are 52 sites with electrical hookups and 74 without hookups. Walnut campground has three conveniently located comfort stations, a playground, and shares a shower building/laundry facility with Hickory campground. Oak Loop, somewhat separated from the Walnut campground, has 30 sites, all non-electric.

Hickory - $14.00 per night (electrical hookup)/$10.00 per night (non-electric). This campground is open May 1 through September 30 and has 125 campsites. There are 67 sites with electrical hookups and 58 without hookups. Hickory campground has 2 conveniently located comfort stations, 1 vault toilet, and shares a shower building/laundry facility with Walnut campground. The Walnut and Hickory campgrounds share the historic stone smokehouse amphitheater where evening programs are presented on most Saturdays, May through September.

Rockhaven Park - $4.00 per night (self-pay)/$6.00 per night (if Ranger collects). This campground is open April 1 through October 30 and has 50 campsites, none with hookups. There are two conveniently located vault toilets. Rockhaven Park has the only campground on Clinton Lake that allows people to camp with their horses or mules. The main trailhead for the South Shore or Rockhaven Trail is located in Rockhaven Park. There is also a day use parking lot for those who wish to ride or walk the trails without overnight camping. We do ask that day use trail users park in the day use parking lot rather than on campsites.

Woodridge Park - Woodridge Park is a primitive camping area, for tents only, that is free of charge and open all year round. There is a large mowed area that people can camp in, or people can camp along the 4.5 mile trail. Drinking water and one vault toilet are provided. The 4.5 mile trail is quite scenic as it travels through woods, meadows and hay fields, and meets up with the lakeshore several times. There are numerous small clearings, along the trail, that make excellent camping spots. The Corps of Engineers asks that people use existing campfire rings when camping along the trail.

Group Camp Facilities

Bloomington West Group Camp (Corps of Engineers) - This group camp is open from April 1 through October 15 and costs $100.00 per day. There are 30 campsites, without hookups, for up to 150 people, located within a heavily wooded area. Facilities include one picnic shelter, shower building, playground, basketball goal, and a softball diamond. Boat ramp #4 is located a short distance from the group camp for convenient boat launching.


Ash and Elm Group Camps (Corps of Engineers) - These group camps are open from May 1 through September 30 and cost $40.00 per day. These areas offer random camping for up to 50 people in a mowed grassy area. Facilities include a picnic shelter, volleyball court, vault toilet, and drinking water. Campers can use the Walnut/Hickory campground shower building, just a short drive away.

Camping Reservations

Campsite reservations are available through the NRRS (National Recreation Reservation Service) at 877-444-6777. The NRRS also makes reservations for group camps and picnic shelters located in Corps of Engineers parks. The NRRS also provides a website for making reservations via the internet. The web address is " www.reserveusa.com ".

Clinton Lake Wildlife Areasmore

Clinton Lake Wildlife Area
More than 11,000 acres are open to hunting at Clinton. Deer and squirrel thrive in the woodlands. Brushy fencelines, small crop fields, and woodland understory provide excellent habitat for quail, cottontail rabbit, squirrel, and mourning dove. Controlled burning is a management tool used to maintain native grass communities and control brush.


During the fall migration, hunters enjoy good numbers of waterfowl, such as Canada and snow geese, mallard, and teal. A refuge on the upper end of the Wakaruse River helps attract and hold migrating ducks and geese. Be sure to check posted signs for the operational dates of the refuge.


The refuge also attracts many shorebirds and other protected species. Bald eagles have raised eaglets at Clinton in recent years.

Clinton Lake Fishingmore

Clinton Lake Fishing
Clinton is popular with anglers. A mixture of trees and brush, mudflats, sharp drop-offs, deep river channels, rocks, and protected coves provide an abundance of fish habitat. To increase fishing potential, Clinton was filled slowly over a period of three years. Two-thirds of the native vegetation was allowed to remain on the lake bottom as fish habitat. White and black crappie, white bass, striped bass, northern pike, walleye, channel cat, flathead catfish, and bull head all thrive in the lake.

Clinton Lake Huntingmore

Clinton Lake Hunting
The area on the north side of the reservoir near Clinton State Park is a high public use area. The area is used by bird watchers, hikers, bicyclers, and outdoor enthusiasts.


The hunting area on the south side of Clinton Reservoir is managed by the Corps of Engineers. The Corps of Engineers allows only bow hunting in this section since it is also a high public use area. Persons interested in finding out more specific information should contact the Corps of Engineers.

Clinton Lake Boatingmore

Clinton Lake Boating
Clinton Lake BoatingBoat ramps and courtesy docks afford easy access to the reservoir, known for its clear water and good fishing. Anglers, boaters and campers alike enjoy Clinton Lake Marina. Offering boat slips, retail sales, equipment rental and a floating restaurant.

16- Ramps
8- Courtesy Docks
Separate launching area for windsurfers and jet skis
Full Service Marina

Clinton Lake Fishing Reportsmore

Clinton Lake Fishing Report
WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT ACCURATE FISHING REPORTS:

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!

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Clinton Lake Organizationsmore

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http://kansaswalleye.org/

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.


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