Osage State Fishing Lake
In fall and spring the water attracts migrating waterfowl including snow geese, Canada geese, mallards, pintails, common mergansers, and common goldeneyes. On occasion a migrating osprey is seen plunging, talons first, into the lake for fish. Eastern screech-owls, great horned owls, northern flickers, hairy woodpeckers, eastern wood-pewees, and white-breasted nuthatches can be found in the woods.
In summer search the fields and prairies for eastern meadowlarks, mourning doves, northern bobwhite quail, grasshopper sparrows, scissor-tailed flycatchers, and both eastern and western kingbirds. In the nesting season listen for the boom of diving male nighthawks courting their mates. Common around the lake are muskrats and beavers. Watch for white-tailed deer and coyotes year-round.
Primitive camping only.
No developed trails.
The entity responsible for management of Osage State
Fishing Lake is the Kansas
Department of Wildlife, Parks &
Tourism. Contact them at (620) 431-0380
if you have specific questions about use or management of the site.
Questions or comments about Natural Kansas may be directed to
Questions or comments about Natural Kansas may be directed to Jim Mason