Clinton Lake

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Clinton Lake

Kansas

(785) 843-7665

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Overview

Situated just west of Lawrence, Clinton Lake's seven parks, located on 15,000 acres surrounding 7,000 acres of surface water provide plenty of space for outdoor recreation activities. The lake itself was authorized in 1962 and funds were first appropriated for construction in 1971. The project was completed in 1980. Camping, sightseeing, boating, hiking, bicycling, picnicking and hunting are just a few of the favorite activities enjoyed by visitors around the lake today. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages five of the parks, the City of Lawrence manages one park (which includes the Eagle Bend Golf Course), and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks manages Clinton State Park. A marina concessionaire located in the State Park, provides a full line of marina services.

Map of Clinton Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 38.921223, -95.370255

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Activities

  • Boating

    Clinton Lake attracts boaters of all shapes and sizes. The main body of the lake is large enough for motor boaters, water skiers, sailboats and personal watercraft. There are ten boat ramps located on Clinton Lake. The Clinton Marina is located in the Clinton State Park on the north side of the lake. This full service marina offers fuel, bait, supplies, mooring, dry storage, restaurant and boat rentals. Boaters should be aware of hazardous boating areas on Clinton Lake. For information, look at the Clinton Lake map. Also, be aware that lake conditions, such as elevation level, are constantly changing, and hazards change with those elevation changes.

  • Bicycling

    The most recent addition to trails at Clinton Lake is the South Lawrence Trafficway Hike/Bike Path. This concrete paved trail travels parallel to the new K-10 bypass road. The path travels about 8.5 miles from Highway 59, south of Lawrence, to Douglas County 438, northwest of Lawrence, in a westerly then northerly direction. This path crosses Clinton Lake property as it passes through the spillway area and is well suited to bicycle and roller blade traffic as well a walkers and joggers. In addition, the North Shore Trail has over 21 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails which begin in the Overlook Park and much of the north shore of the lake from the north end of the dam to the Coon Creek arm of the lake.

  • Camping

    Seven campgrounds are conveniently located around Clinton Lake. The Corps of Engineers manages five of these campgrounds, Cedar, Walnut and Hickory in the Bloomington East Park, Rockhaven Park and Woodridge Park. The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks manages two within Clinton State Park. Campgrounds contain level campsites, many with electrical hookups, some with electrical and water hookups, lantern hanging posts, picnic tables, and fire rings or above ground grills. Shower buildings, sanitary dump stations and playgrounds are located in the more developed parks. Please click on campground specific information for a complete list of amenities and fees for each campground.

  • Fishing

    Clinton Lake is a 7,000-acre lake that provides a variety of fishing opportunities for any angler. This primarily includes white bass, crappie, channel catfish, walleye and large mouth bass. Clinton State Park has a new fish cleaning station located in the Clinton Marina area of the State Park. Accessible by land, from the marina parking lot, this fish cleaning station will be a fully modern facility with running water, cutting board surfaces and a disposal for the remains.

  • Hiking

    Clinton Lake is known for the many quality and diverse trails located around the lake. There are over 50 miles of trails around the lake which are quite popular with the various types of recreational users that utilize them. Visitors interested in backpackin might consider the George Latham Trail, located in the Woodridge Park on the northwest side of the lake. This 4.5 mile trail offers excellent hiking opportunities as well as overnight camping along the trail, if desired.

  • Horseback Riding

    Clinton Lake is known for the many quality and diverse trails located around the lake. There are over 50 miles of trails around the lake which are quite popular with the various types of recreational users that utilize them. One particular trail which equestrians may enjoy is the South Shore Trail, which contains over 30 miles of horseback riding, spanning from the south end of the dam into the Rock Creek arm of the lake. The main trailhead is located in Rockhaven Park, but the trail can be also be accessed at the south end of the dam or in the Rock Creek area. Rockhaven Park is the only area where campers with horses and/or mules are allowed to camp overnight.

  • Hunting

    There are over 9,000 acres of public land available to hunting at Clinton Lake. The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks manages much of the land, while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages the remainder. The parks and the dam are closed to hunting, but most of the remaining land surrounding Clinton Lake is open to hunting. Deer, quail, turkey, waterfowl, dove, rabbit and squirrel may be found on public hunting lands. Waterfowl hunters can take advantage of the Coblentz Marsh, located near the Shawnee/Douglas County line, on the Wakarusa River arm of the lake.

  • Picnicking

    There are many places for visitors to picnic at Clinton Lake. Picnic sites are available in parks operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the State Park and the City of Lawrence. The Corps of Engineers' Overlook, Bloomington East and Rockhaven Parks each have picnic tables available for picnicking. Picnickers are asked not to use campsite picnic tables unless they are camping overnight at that campsite. The Overlook and Bloomington East Parks both have picnic shelters available on a first come, first-served basis, or these shelters may be reserved by calling the National Recreation Reservation Service.

  • RVing

    Seven campgrounds are conveniently located around Clinton Lake. The Corps of Engineers manages five of these campgrounds, Cedar, Seven campgrounds are conveniently located around Clinton Lake. The Corps of Engineers manages five of these campgrounds, Cedar, Walnut and Hickory in the Bloomington East Park, Rockhaven Park and Woodridge Park. The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks manages two within Clinton State Park. Campgrounds contain level campsites, many with electrical hookups, some with electrical and water hookups, lantern hanging posts, picnic tables, and fire rings or above ground grills. Shower buildings, sanitary dump stations and playgrounds are located in the more developed parks. Please click on campground specific information for a complete list of amenities and fees for each campground.

  • Water Sports

    There are two sandy swimming beaches at Clinton Lake, Bloomington East and Clinton State Park. Windsurfers also find Clinton Lake to their liking with windy days quite common in Kansas. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages the Bloomington East swimming beach. This large, sandy beach is open May through September, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The swimming area is marked with a yellow, floating buoy line that surrounds the area. Boats are prohibited from entering the area by buoys and signs. There is a change house with restrooms and showers, and two small showers located closer to the swimming area for a quick rinse off. The Clinton State Park beach is located in the State Park on the northeast side of the lake. This beach is located in a small cove and protected from boat traffic by buoys. There is a change house/restroom near the parking lot. Waterskiing is not allowed outside of the main lake body, and buoys designate the non-skiing areas.

Directions

Driving

From Lawrence drive one miles west on Clinton Parkway.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(785) 843-7665

Campground reservations

(877) 444-6777

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