Brown State Fishing Lake

Brown State Fishing Lake is set in the Glaciated Region of Kansas. Surrounding fields of winter wheat and corn stubble help feed thousands of snow geese from November through January. 

Brown State Fishing Lake
Brown State Fishing Lake
Photo by Jim Mason

Controlled burning of the native bluestem prairie helps optimize the balance of brush and grass necessary for bobwhite quail and ring-necked pheasant. Post-burn wildflowers are spectacular, as are the butterflies they attract. Signs of beaver and muskrat can be found around the lake and the three streams feeding it. In spring and fall, waterfowl and shorebirds are common on the lake and on the mudflats of shallow coves. Migrant songbirds are numerous. Tracks of white-tailed deer, bobcats, mink, skunks, and opossums can be found in the mud along the shores.

bulletRestroom, Picnic tables.

Camping icon Primitive camping only.

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Brown State Lake map

Directions: From Hiawatha (70 miles NW of Kansas City) travel 9 miles east on U.S. 36 to Timber Road. Turn north, then immediately turn west, and drive 0.8 miles to the lake entrance.

Location in Kansas

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Ownership: The entity responsible for management of Brown State Lake is the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism.  Contact them at (785) 273-6740 if you have specific questions about use or management of the site.  248 acres
You may download the KDWPT brochure on Brown State Fishing Lake from their web site.

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