Hillsdale Lake Wildlife Refuges

Hillsdale Wildlife Area
Located in the transition zone between the prairie lands of the west and the mixed hardwood forests of the east, the project area has a great diversity of plant communities that support an abundance of wildlife. In centuries past, this zone has changed constantly as the climate changed, favoring eit... continue

Hillsdale Lake Fishing

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Hillsdale Lake is one of Kansas premier fishing lakes. With over 75% of the standing timber left in the lake, fish populations have ideal habitat to grow and reproduce. Crappie are the species of choice for most fishermen at Hillsdale. The lake reached conservation pool in 1985, since that time, cra... continue

Hillsdale Lake Hunting

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Hunting is allowed on a majority of the Hillsdale Lake Property. Over 8000 acres of land surround Hillsdale Lake, this land provides hunters with a wide variety of hunting opportunities. Wetlands, Oak-Hickory Timber, Old Brushy Fields, Native Grass Fields, and Agriculture Fields provide hunters with... continue

Hillsdale Lake Camping

Hillsdale State Park
One of the newest parks in the state, Hillsdale provides a much-needed retreat for urban dwellers. Located about 25 miles southwest of Kansas City, opportunities abound for anglers, boaters, campers, naturalists, hikers, horseback riders, photographers, picnickers, and anyone looking for a break fro... continue

Hillsdale Lake Birdwatching

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Situated in the transition zone between tallgrass prairie and mixed hardwood forests, Hillsdale offers a great diversity of plant and animal species. For birdwatchers, various migrating shorebirds utilize Hillsdale as a rest stop. Today, as in centuries past, the plant communities are in constant co... continue

Hillsdale Lake Equestrian Trails

Hillsdale Lake Equine Trails
The Marysville equestrian area on the east side of the reservoir has approximatley 30 miles of marked and unmarked trails available to horseback riders. Outside of this area, horse and riding of livestock is allowed only on maintained roads, bridle paths and parking areas. Livestock is not allowed i... continue

Hillsdale Lake Fishing Reports

Hillsdale Lake Fishing Reports
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 sti... continue

Hillsdale Lake Organizations

Kansas Walleye Association
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 grand... continue

About Hillsdale Lake

Hillsdale Lake, Kansas
One of the newest parks in the state, Hillsdale provides a much-needed retreat for urban dwellers. Located about 25 miles southwest of Kansas City, opportunities abound for anglers, boaters, campers, naturalists, hikers, horseback riders, photographers, picnickers, and anyone looking for a break from the bustle of the city.

Hillsdale Lake Camping facilities are managed under the Kansas State Park system. The Hillsdale Lake State Park camping area has primitive (No Electricity) and electrical/water hookup campsites. Camping is only allowed in the 200 designated camping sites in the Russell Crites Area on the west side of the lake. Approximately 99 sites have electric and water hook-ups available where a nightly utility fee is required. Two bathroom/showerhouses are available during the regular camping season, April 15 - October 15.

There are two developed beach areas which are open from sunrise to sunset. One bathroom and one showerhouse/bathroom are open from May 15 - October 15, sunrise to sunset.

An equestrian campground (Saddle Ridge Campground) was opened in 1998. This primitive campground area provides horseback riders with an area to park trailers and to stay over night as they use the horseback trails at the lake. This campground is located on the east side of the lake on 253rd Street directly west of the Rural Water District No.2 treatment plant.


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