Pearson-Skubitz Big Hill Lake

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Pearson-Skubitz Big Hill Lake


(620) 336-2741

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Come and visit one of the clearest lakes in Kansas. Located on Big Hill Creek in Labette County, this lake impounds 1,240 acres of water. It has three public use areas totaling 367 acres. Big Hill Lake is considered a trophy fishing lake and is well known by many fisherman. There are three campgrounds, three equestrian trail heads, and four day use areas for the public to enjoy operated by the Corps of Engineers. Camping, picnicking, horseback riding, hiking, swimming, fishing, and other outdoor activities are just a few that can be enjoyed at Big Hill Lake.

Map of Pearson-Skubitz Big Hill Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 37.270365, -95.472908



  • Boating

    Several boat launching ramps are availible at the lake. The accessible boat ramps have walkways going to floating docks with solid wood decking and handrails. These courtesy docks are for boaters, but fishing is allowed providing boaters have priority. Due to the nature of how Big Hill Lake was built, it is essential that all boaters be aware of potential underwater lake hazards. A boating access lane has been cleared of timber and is marked for boaters use. Boaters outside of the marked area should operate cautiously.

  • Camping

    Facilities available along the lake include designated campsites both with and without electricity, group picnic and camping areas, primitive camping areas, potable water and sanitary facilities.

  • Fishing

    Due to stocking, fish shelters, and leaving large areas of timber and other vegetation standing, Big Hill has developed into one of the most productive and popular fishing spots in the area. Principal species of sport fish include largemouth bass, crappie, channel and flathead catfish, bluegill, walleye and smallmouth bass.

  • Hiking

    The Ruth Nixon Memorial Trail that follows a trail of bluebird houses set out in honor of Ruth Nixon. This trail is about one mile in length and offers many wildlife viewing opportunities, and spectacular scenery all along the way.

  • Horseback Riding

    Other features of the lake include the Big Hill Lake Horse Trail. This trail is 17 miles long and provides a variety of terrain for all ages to enjoy. The trail winds along a scenic hardwood ridge that offers gorgeous views all along the way. It also offers tethering areas and three parking areas which are equipped with limited facilities and may be used for overnight camping by trail riders.

  • Hunting

    Hunting areas are open for hunting for all species which may be legally taken during open season. Hunting in accordance with Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks regulations for the species of wildlife involved is legal on all Big Hill hunting areas. Hunters should pay particular attention to special restrictions for areas identified on the map where restrictions apply, Duck blinds will be permitted only if constructed of natural materials, and removed by the end of the day.

  • Picnicking

    Group picnicking areas are provided at the lake.

  • Water Sports

    Mound Valley Swimming Beach is open May 1 thru September 30, 2010. It provides a change house for visitors.



From Independence, drive seven miles east on US 160, four miles north on KS 169 and five miles east on the county road.

Phone Numbers


(620) 336-2741