Big Hill Lake, KS

Big Hill Lake, Kansas


Come and visit one of the clearest lakes in Kansas. Big Hill Lake is considered a trophy fishing lake and is well known by many fisherman. Visitors wanting to come and enjoy any water activities, this is the place to go!

There are three campgrounds, three equestrian trail heads, and four day use areas for the public to enjoy operated by the Corps of Engineers. Camping, picnicking, horseback riding, hiking, swimming, fishing, and other outdoor activities are just a few that can be enjoyed at Big Hill Lake. Food, bait, tackle, and medical facilities are available near the lake.

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Big Hill Lake Fishing

Big Hill Fishing
Big Hill FishingDue largely to pre-impoundment planning and management practices such as the construction of fish shelters, leaving large areas of timber and other vegetation standing and the stocking of borrow areas and other bodies of water that were inundated, the Big Hill Lake fisheries have developed into one of the most productive and popular fisheries in the area. Principal species of sport fish include largemouth bass, crappie, channel and flathead catfish, bluegill, and other sunfish that are native to the area, walleye and smallmouth bass.

Big Hill is also a popular spot for fishing tournaments. To schedule a fishing tournament, contact the Project Office at 620-336-2741. An application will need to be filled out for each tournament. For more information and regulations on limits, contact the Big Hill Project Office.

Big Hill Lake Hunting

Big Hill Hunting
Big Hill HuntingApproximately 800 acres of project lands are being managed for wildlife and are open to public hunting, except for the parks, around the dam and control structures. Game species are numerous and varied around Big Hill Lake. The most abundant are bobwhite quail, rabbit, gray and fox squirrel, mourning dove, migratory waterfowl, wild turkey, and white-tail deer. The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks owns and manages 1,350 acres of land for public hunting about one-half mile from the project.

All hunting activities at the project are in accordance with both State and Federal regulations, and the same licenses are required as in other parts of Kansas.

Big Hill Lake Camping

Big Hill Parks
Five Beautiful park areas are offered by the Corps of Engineers for camping, picnicking and other outdoor activities. Facilities available at these areas include designated campsites both with and without electricity, picnic areas, group picnic shelters, potable water, sanitary facilities, boat launching ramps, a playground, ballfield and swimming beach with a changehouse.

Fees are collected on a seasonal basis at three of the park areas. More detailed information regarding the fee program can be obtained at the Project Office.

Cherryvale Park (Class A) - Cherryvale campground is located about 4 miles west of Cherryvale. Cherryvale Park has one (1) Group Camping Area available which provides the user with one (1) shelter house and seven (7) campsites. The Group Camping Area may be reserved prior to arrival by calling the National Recreation Reservation Service at 1-877-444-6777. Facilities include: Designated Campsites, Electricity/No Water, Restrooms, Showers, Drinking Water, Trailer Dump Station, Hiking Nature Trail, Equestrian Trail, Berm Fishing.

Park Open: January 1 - December 31
23 Sites - Elec/No Water, Fee $14.00
2 Prime Sites - Elec/No Water, Fee $16.00

Mound Valley North (Class A)- Mound Valley campground is located about 5 miles west of Cherryvale. Mound Valley park is located on the main body of Big Hill Lake. The campground is manned by Park Attendants from March 29, to November 3. Some of the sites are reservable through or 1-877-444-6777. Facilities include: Designated Campsites, Electricity/No water, Restrooms, Showers, Drinking Water, Trailer Dump Station, Swim Beach, Hiking Nature Trail, Boat Ramp/Dock, Boat Dock, Handicapped Accessible.

64 Sites, Elec/No Water, Fee $14.00
8 Prime Sites, Elec/Water/Sewer/Handicapped Accessible, Fee $16.00

Mound Valley South (Class A) - Two (2) Group Camping Areas are available without electricity; Group Area A and Group Area B both have 4 campsites each. One (1) Shelter House is available to be reserved with the Group A and/or Group B campsites. Entire Group Camp Area may be reserved. The Group Camping Area may be reserved prior to arrival by calling the National Recreation Reservation Service at 1-877-444-6777. Designated Campsites, No Electricity, Restrooms, Showers, Drinking Water, Trailer Dump Station, Swim Beach, Hiking Nature Trail, Boat Ramp/Dock, Fishing Dock.

Park Open: March 29 - November 3
8 Sites, NoElec/No Water, Fee $10.00
2 Group Sites, Fee $72.00

Timber Hill Park (Class B) - Timber Hill park is for the campers who like to get back to nature with the bare minimum. The equestrian trail has a seperate camping area since horses are not allowed in the parks. Facilities include: Designated Primitive Campsites, Restrooms, Drinking Water,Trailer Dump Station, Equestrian Trail, Boat Ramp/Dock, Fishing Dock.

Park Open: March 29 - November 3
20 Primitive Sites, Fee $8.00

Big Hill Lake Equestrian Trails

Big Hill Trails
Big Hill TrailsOther features of the lake include the Big Hill Lake Horse Trail. This trail surrounds three-fourths of the lake and is 17 miles long providing a variety of terrain for all ages to enjoy. The trail winds along a scenic hardwood ridge that offers gorgeous views all along the way. It also offers tethering areas and three parking areas which are equipped with limited facilities and may be used for overnight camping by trail riders. Various species of wildlife can be seen throughout the hike of the trail, so come and enjoy all that nature can offer.

There is also the Ruth Nixon Memorial Trail that follows a trail of bluebird houses set out in honor of Ruth Nixon. This hiking trail is about one mile in length and offers many wildlife viewing opportunities, and spectacular scenery all along the way. The trail links the Overlook and Cherryvale Recreation areas and is equipped with rest areas that allow the hiker to stop, rest and enjoy the view of the lake.

Big Hill Lake Birdwatching

Big Hill Sightseeing
Big Hill SightseeingThe vicinity in which Big Hill Lake is located has long been noted for its rolling prairies and tree-dotted valleys. The natural beauty of the area with its wide variety of native wildlife and vegetation is an open invitation to all nature enthusiasts.

For bird watchers there are many species of birds in the area, including the migratory waterfowl, and other species that spend summers in Kansas, as well as those inhabiting the area year round. One bird that is becoming more familiar to Big Hill Lake is the Eastern Bluebird. The population of these beautiful birds has increased in the area due to the numerous bluebird boxes placed in the park areas. This network of boxes is designated at the Gene H. Pfeil Memorial Trail.

Wildflowers are abundant in the area during the spring and fall, and can be seen in open pastures, along fence tows and in timbered areas. Persimmon, osage orange, redbud and dogwood are produced by hedgerows and former farmsteads.

Big Hill Lake Swimming

Big Hill Swimming Beaches
With Big Hill being one of the clearest lakes in Kansas the sand-covered beach has become a popular spot for cooling off from the summer heat and enjoying a family picnic.

To help insure your safety and the safety of others, glass containers are not allowed on the beach or in the water. In addition, statistics indicate alcohol is involved in a majority of drownings and for this reason alcohol is not allowed on the beach or in the beach parking area.

Big Hill Lake Fishing Reports

Big Hill 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!


Big Hill Lake Organizations

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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