Hillsdale Lake, KS

Cities Near Hillsdale Lake

Hillsdale Lake Wildlife Refugesmore

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 either grassland or forest. Today, the prairie and forest are in constant competition in areas not being utilized for agriculture. These different habitats provide homes for many kinds of wildlife including white-tailed deer, raccoon, beaver, squirrel, rabbit, coyote and bobcat.

Birdwatchers will delight in the many species of birds at the lake. The changing seasons bring the promise of migrating waterfowl and shorebirds that use Hillsdale Lake as a rest stop.

Hillsdale Lake Fishingmore

Hillsdale Fishing
Hillsdale FishingHillsdale 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, crappie numbers have stayed at excellent levels to provide fishermen with plenty of action. Hillsdale Lake has a 10-inch minimum length limit on Crappie, and a statewide creel limit of 50 does apply. Hillsdale is known as one of the top Largemouth Bass lakes in the state, with an 18" length limit on bass , bass numbers remain at high levels with many quality to trophy size bass. Another species of fish that is getting recognition in Hillsdale is the Walleye, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks fisheries biologist have stocked millions of Walleye into Hillsdale. Netting samples show that the lake contains many quality to trophy size walleye. An 18" length limit applies to Hillsdale Lake Walleye. Hillsdale Lake also maintains a large population of catfish. Channel, and Flathead catfish prowl the lake always looking for a meal.

Hillsdale Lake Huntingmore

Hillsdale Hunting
Hillsdale HuntingHunting 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 an opportunity to hunt Turkey, Deer, Waterfowl, Doves, Quail, Squirrel and Rabbits. Populations change annually with changes in environmental conditions and habitat manipulations. The Corps of Engineers and the Kansas Dept. of Wildlife and Parks work together to complete prescribed burns, food plot plantings, tree plantings, native grass plantings, fescue conversion, and brush pile construction to provide a diversity of habitat types. Attempts are presently underway to reduce field size and provide additional cover in needed areas. All of the Kansas hunting regulations must be followed at Hillsdale. Steel shot is required for all waterfowl hunting. Periodic hunter surveys are conducted to determine hunting pressure and population levels.

Hillsdale Lake Campingmore

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 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.

Hillsdale Lake Birdwatchingmore

Hillsdale Sightseeing
Hillsdale SightseeingSituated 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 competition for dominance.

Hillsdale Lake is visited by thousands of migrating birds each spring and fall. To provide the migrating shorebirds and waterfowl with nutritious food and peaceful places to rest, the Corps of Engineers and the Kansas Dept. of Wildlife & Parks have developed three wetland areas at Hillsdale. The wetlands are well dispersed around the lake.

The Antioch Wetland is located on the north end of Big Bull Creek, this wetland was developed as a joint effort between the Kansas Dept. of Wildlife and Parks, Miami County Non-Point Source Pollution, and Ducks Unlimited. This wetland is approximately 60 acres in size and provides easy access to birdwatchers and hunters.

The Browns Wetland is located on the north end of Little Bull Creek. This wetland area contains two units, 25 acres and 30 acres.

The third wetland is located below the dam and is called Bull Creek Wetland. This wetland contains three small units totaling 25 acres.

Hunters and birdwatchers will have to walk 1/8th of a mile or more to reach these wetland units. All three of the wetland units at Hillsdale are open to hunting during waterfowl season. In 1998, a "Refuge" area was established on the Rock Creek arm of the lake. The refuge provides migrating birds with an area to feed and rest without being disturbed by human activities. This area is closed to all activities from October 1 through January 15.

Hillsdale Lake Equestrian Trailsmore

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 in developed picnicking, camping or beach areas.

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.

Hillsdale Lake Fishing Reportsmore

Hillsdale Lake 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!


Hillsdale 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

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Hillsdale Lake Information

Location: 5 miles NW of K-68 and US 169

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