Just another day in paradise... A phrase coined by folks just like you who enjoy their favorite activities in the beautiful surroundings of Perry Reservoir. There are so many things to see and do at Perry Reservoir. Come for a day, a weekend, or spend your vacation at the Lake. You'll find it hard to leave our little piece of Paradise!
With nearly 160 mies of shoreline Perry Lake offers recreational opportunities for picnicking, swimming, camping, hunting, fishing, boating, sailing, skiing, hiking, and many other outdoor activities.
Trails have been constructed for many activities. An equestrian trail runs through Perry State and Rock Creek Parks. A hiking trail follows the east side and the Slough Creek arm of the lake. A motorcycle and ATV trail is located south of the dam.
The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks has license to 10,894 acres of land at the north end of the lake for public hunting. The area comprises nearly 1,000 acres of marshes and several thousands of acres of upland game habitat. Vehicles should remain on gravel and blacktop roads during wet weather.
Boundaries are posted with yellow and black "Public Hunting Area" signs. Primitive camping is permitted on the wildlife area.
Snow geese rest on the lake and feed on nearby private land. Canada geese are not common.
Two waterfowl refuges are maintained at Perry. The open water refuge provides sanctuary for ducks and geese, while the upland game refuge provides food and rest for waterfowl.
Pheasants have increased steadily since the early 1970s. The best pheasant hunting is in the area northwest of Valley Falls.
Quail hunting is usually good a Perry. However, severe winter weather sometimes adversely affects their populations.
White-tailed deer are common and are hunted at Perry.
Cottontail rabbits are common throughout the area. New brushpiles are constructed each winter to provide cottontail habitat.
Squirrels are common along the timbered edges.
Coyotes, raccoons,dove, and turkeys are also hunted.
Crappie numbers and sizes are historically good to excellent. Best angling opportunities for crappie are in the Slough Creek, Rock Creek, and Old Town areas. The Rock Creek Area offers good ice fishing while the Old Town area can offer very good fall and open water winter fishing.
The best areas for Channel Catfish are on mud flats in the upper end of the reservoir. The Delaware River can offer very good catfishing as well.
White bass fishing at Perry is fair to good. Spring spawn runs up the Delaware River can be good depending on water flows and turbidity rates. Open water fishing is also productive when the white bass are chasing schools of shad.
Walleye and largemouth bass numbers have decreased since the early days of the reservoir. Walleye are rare, but largemouth bass numbers are still at a fishable level. The best areas for largemouth are the Slough Creek and Rock Creek arms of the lake.
Other fish that offer fishing opportunities are flathead catfish, carp and drum.
Water skiing: Perry Reservoir covers over 11,500 acres which makes water skiing just about perfect even on windy days. Concrete boat ramps are conveniently located around Perry lake.
Sailing: Some of the Best Sailing in the Mid-West is waiting for you at Perry Lake... Over 600 sailboats from 16' to 40' in length make Perry Lake their home from March through November. There are two public Sail Harbors with Full Services available and a Private Sail Harbor owned and operated by Perry Yacht Club. Dock space is available at all three. Sailing regattas are conducted on weekends by various sailing clubs... with races in several classes from Cruising Sail Boats to Catamarans, which may be seen skimming across the water powered only by the Kansas breeze against their colorful sails. Hobie Fleet 149 sails out of Perry State Park every weekend and is host to seven Regattas each year. Sail Boarding is also very popular in the lake.
Boating: Hundreds of power boats in all sizes cruise Perry Lake every season including House Boats up to 52' in length, Cabin Cruisers up to 42', Pontoon Boats, Bass Boats, Run-abouts and Jet Skis. If you own a boat, come and see the sights and have a good time on Perry Lake There are two full service marinas on the lake offering fuel, repair service, bait, convenience stores and restaurants.
Picnic Grounds: Perry Lake offers many scenic areas for public use. What could be than dining in the great outdoors while enjoying the natural beauty of the Lake, the Woods and the Wildlife.
Hiking: Nature lovers will enjoy the 29 mile Perry Lake Trail. Winding through the historical and beautiful countryside, this trail offers the chance for an upclose view of the beauty of Northeast Kansas.
Camping: If you like camping, you'll love Perry Lake where you can pitch a tent or park your RV. There are over 1000 sites with 30% full hookups complete with restrooms and showers. There are maps of trails and campgrounds at the corp office.
Fishing & Hunting: There is plenty of Crappie, Catfish, Walleye, Largemouth, and White bass to challenge the best fishermen. Perry Lake is noted nationally as the best Crappie Lake by 2 major magazines. Ice fishing is great in the winter. Hunters find a variety of game including Quail, Pheasant, Duck, Wild Turkey or Deer. Hunting is restricted to certain areas in season only. State License required.
Wildlife: Perry Lake is abundant with wildlife. Bald Eagles can be seen in fall and winter, as well as many other species of birds. Please shoot only with your camera and help us preserve the wildlife.
Bike Trails: The head of the Bike Trails are located in the Delaware Area Parking Lot... trail maps & information are available at the Perry State Park Office.
Boat Rental: Ski Boats, Pontoons, PWC's, and Fishing Boats in various may be rented at Lake Perry Yacht and Marina located at the East end of the Dam.
Equestrian Trails: Trail head originates at Perry State Park and continues through 22 miles of beautiful country. Riders may enjoy views of Lake, Prairie Lands, and Woods along the way. Horse trailer parking, camping facilities, potable water, restrooms. shower facilities & hydrants are available.