Chase State Fishing Lake
Look for collared lizards, Great Plains skinks, ringneck snakes, prairie king snakes, and racers. If you search under the rocks be sure to replace them in the same position that you found them. The many burrows, holes, and cavities under the rocks take years to develop and are a small but important habitat to a wide variety of reptiles, small mammals, and invertebrates.
Spring birds bring a variety of sounds to the lake area. Listen for the wolf-whistle call of the upland sandpiper, the insect-like buzz of the grasshopper sparrow, and the melodious call of the eastern meadowlark. Other frequently seen birds include common nighthawks, northern harriers, and American kestrels. The trees around the lake also attract woodpeckers, orioles, robins, and flycatchers. During spring and fall migrations, the lake attracts a variety of ducks, and a few Canada geese usually overwinter here. For campers, nighttime often brings the calls of the common poor-wills, which nest on the open ground amid the rocky outcroppings. You are likely to hear coyotes before morning and may see bobcats below the dam.
Primitive camping only
No developed trails.
The responsible entity for management of Chase
Lake is the Kansas
Department of Wildlife, Parks &
Tourism. Contact them at (316) 683-8069
if you have specific questions about use or management of the site. 383 acres
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