John Redmond Reservoir

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John Redmond Reservoir

Kansas

(620) 364-8614

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Overview

John Redmond Reservoir is located in the broad Neosho River Valley. The rolling hills afford the visitor an opportunity to see many acres of agriculture and grassland. Fields of wheat, corn, and maize are abundant. Large areas of grasses including big bluestem, little bluestem, Indian grass, switch grass, brome grass, and sideoates grama can be seen from the rolling hilltops. The lower areas consist of wooded cover of such species as elm, black walnut, hickory, ash, hackberry, cottonwood, and cedar. Construction of the dam began in June 1959 and was completed in December 1965. Current recreational opportunities include hiking, biking, fishing, hunting and camping.

Map of John Redmond Reservoir

Latitude, Longitude: 38.251546, -95.797776

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boat launching ramps are provided for boaters.

  • Camping

    John Redmond Reservoir has several recreation parks which provide camping facilities. These facilities include individual camping units (table, cooker, lantern stand, and parking pad), potable water, and sanitation facilities.

  • Fishing

    John Redmond Reservoir provides excellent opportunities for fishing and hunting. Principal species of fish in the lake include white crappie, white bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, and various sunfish species.

  • Hiking

    The Hickory Creek Trail is a multi-use trail for the hiker, horseback rider, and mountain biker. The trail length is currently 11 miles but with the placement of two crossings on branches of Hickory Creek it is planned to double the length of the trail, as time and manpower allows.

  • Horseback Riding

    The Hickory Creek Trail is a multi-use trail for the hiker, horseback rider, and mountain biker. The trail length is currently 11 miles but with the placement of two crossings on branches of Hickory Creek it is planned to double the length of the trail, as time and manpower allows.

  • Hunting

    The Kansas Forestry Fish and Game Commission has a license to 1,472 acres of the project lands for wildlife management. The licensed area is known as the Otter Creek Game Management Area, and is managed primarily for bobwhite quail, mourning dove, greater prairie chicken, cottontail rabbit, squirrel, and deer.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    Two popular areas are the Otter Creek All-terrain Vehicle Area and the Hickory Creek Trail. The Otter Creek ATV area is located at the west end of the dam and provides 140 acres of trails for dirt bikes and ATVs. The area is open from sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset. Other restrictions are posted within the area.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic areas and shelters at the park are open year round.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming beaches are situated at several points around the lake.

Directions

Driving

From Emporia drive 27 miles east on I-35. Go 11 miles on US 50 and 25 miles south on US 75.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(620) 364-8614

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