Milford Lake

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Milford Lake

Kansas

(785) 238-5714

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Overview

Milford Lake provides 15,600 surface acres of water and 163 miles of shoreline making it the largest lake in Kansas. With its clear water and miles of natural sand beaches it is a popular recreational spot for thousands of visitors from Kansas and other states. The Corps of Engineers, along with state, county, and city governments, operates and maintains eleven public parks. Visitors can experience various points of interests such as the Milford Fish Hatchery and Nature Center, Corps Visitor Center, the School Creek ORV area, and the Kansas Landscape Arboretum. With over 23,000 acres of public hunting land, some of the best fishing areas in the state and numerous recreational opportunities; it is no wonder Milford Lake is the favorite playground for more than 1/2 million visitors a year.

Map of Milford Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 39.104222, -96.898727

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Activities

  • Boating

    There are 12 boat ramps on the lake. Please be aware that naturally occurring debris such as rocks, limbs, etc. may gather at the end of ramps and may hinder launching operations. Prop wash, undercutting and settlement may also create voids at the end of the concrete ramp or uneven concrete slab transitions on the ramp itself. During abnormal lake elevations please use extreme caution. In addition to these ramps are two marinas located on the lake, Milford Lake Marina and Thunderbird Marina. Both marinas supply boat slips, groceries, boat dump stations and gasoline.

  • Bicycling

    Trails at parks surrounding the lake range in length from one-half mile to almost five miles in length.

  • Camping

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operates eight park areas at the Milford project. Also, there is a Milford State Park, Clay County Park and a park operated through the city of Milford, KS. Camping is availible at most park sites along the lake. Cabins are offered for rent at some of these sites, including Milford State Park.

  • Fishing

    Species that can be caught on Milford lake include wiper, white bass, catfish, black bass, walleye and crappie. Creel and length limits are in effect for some fish species.

  • Hiking

    Trails at parks surrounding the lake range in length from one-half mile to almost five miles in length.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is permitted on the lands surrounding the lake in accordance with state regulations. For more information please visit the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks website.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    The School Creek ORV area consists of approximately 287 acres of trails restricted to vehicles that are 50 inches wide or less.

  • Picnicking

    There are many scenic locations for picnicking at Milford Lake. The Corps of Engineers manages three day use only parks, which have picnic facilities. They are the North Overlook, East Rolling Hills, and Outlet Parks. All three areas are located adjacent to the Milford Lake Dam. There is no electricity or water available in the North Overlook and East Rolling Hills parks, however; water is available at the Outlet Park. All eleven picnic shelters are available on a first come, first served basis free of charge unless someone wants to reserve a shelter for a special gathering. Any shelter can be reserved, at least 24 hours in advance, for the day. Reservations are taken for the time period of mid-April through September and can be made anytime after the first of January each year.

  • RVing

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operates eight park areas at the Milford project. Also, there is a Milford State Park, Clay County Park and a park operated through the city of Milford, KS. Camping with facilities for RVs is availible at most park sites along the lake. Cabins are offered for rent at some of these sites, including Milford State Park.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming and waterskiing can be enjoyed on the lake during summer.

Directions

Driving

Milford Lake is located just north of Interstate 70 about 65 miles west of Topeka. From Topeka take I-70 West to Exit 295, then north on US 77 for four miles to K-57. Turn left on K-57 and go 1.5 miles to the Milford Lake Information Center.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(785) 238-5714

Campground reservations

(877) 444-6777

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