Pomona Lake

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Pomona Lake

Kansas

(785) 453-2201

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Overview

The 4,000 acre Pomona Lake, which is formed from the 110 Mile Creek and two tributary creeks, features scenic beauty as well as an abundance of wildlife. Construction of the dam that created the lake took approximately four years and was completed in 1963. Six parks around the lake are managed and maintained by the Corps of Engineers. Also on the lake is Pomona State Park, managed by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. These parks include roads, utility systems, campsites, beaches, boat ramps, fish cleaning stations and picnic grounds. Pomona Lake offers over 300 campsites, and over 20 miles of multi-use trails. Fishing, hunting and swimming are other activities that can be enjoyed at the lake.

Map of Pomona Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 38.664067, -95.589981

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Activities

  • Boating

    Run-abouts and ski boats on Pomona Lake will enjoy the large main body of the lake on calm days for water skiing. During windy times sail boaters and wind surfers can find plenty of room to maneuver on Pomona Lake The prevailing winds provide for ideal conditions for wind sports. The Corps has paved boat ramps at the following locations: Management Park, North Shore Marina, Adams Grove, 110-Mile Park, Carbolyn Park and the Dragoon Access area. The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks operates several boat ramps within the Pomona State Park. An unimproved launch is located in Cedar Park. Marinas at both sides of the lake - North Shore Marina on the North end and Lighthouse Bay Marina on the south - provide fuel, mooring facilities, and other supplies. Boaters should be aware that do to fluctuations in lake elevations, partially submerged and submerged hazards may be encountered. Boating operators please exercise extreme caution at all times while underway on the lake.

  • Bicycling

    The black-hawk trail head is located in 110 Mile Park offers a 33 mile loop for those who want a more challenging outdoor recreation experience. It is popular with hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers.

  • Camping

    Seven campgrounds are conveniently located around Pomona Lake. The Corps manages six of these campgrounds: Outlet, Michigan Valley, Wolf Creek, 110-Mile, Cedar, and Carbolyn. The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks manages Pomona State Park campground. Campgrounds contain level campsites, many with electrical hookups, lantern hanging posts, picnic tables, and fire rings. Shower buildings, sanitary dump stations, playgrounds, and fish cleaning stations are located in most parks. Individual sites, shelters, and group camps are reservable, check under each specific park for details on what is available for reservation.

  • Fishing

    Pomona Lake is an 4,000-acre lake that provides a variety of fishing opportunities for any angler. This primarily includes crappie, and channel catfish. Improvements have been made in the last five years to improve the habitat structure for the fish populations. Pomona Lake has one accessible fishing dock located in Michigan Valley Park adjacent to Northshore Marina. Creel and length limits are in effect for certain fish species.

  • Hiking

    Three trails at the Pomona Project provide visitors with the opportunity for hiking and nature study activities. The deer creek nature trail is .25 mile in length and is located in Outlet Park on the south end of Pomona Lake Dam. The trail winds along deer creek and through a heavy wooded streamside environment.

    The witches' broom nature trail is located in 110 Mile Park and is one-half mile long. The trail is located in an oak/hickory timber stand, a rare find in the state of Kansas.

    The black-hawk trail head is located in 110 Mile Park offers a 33 mile loop for those who want a more challenging outdoor recreation experience. It is popular with hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers.

  • Horseback Riding

    The black-hawk trail head is located in 110 Mile Park offers a 33 mile loop for those who want a more challenging outdoor recreation experience. It is popular with hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers.

  • Hunting

    Pomona Lake offers many opportunities for a variety of game. Deer, pheasant, quail, turkey, duck, rabbit and squirrel may be found on public hunting lands. Hunting is permitted on all Project lands except park areas. Waterfowl hunters can take advantage of the six marshes located on the two forks of the lake. Consult the Pomona Lake brochure for hunting and refuge areas.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    Contact the area for more information.

  • Picnicking

    The picnic shelters in the parks surrounding Pomona Lake are available on a first come first serve basis. However, these shelters can be reserved for that family reunion or large group outing. In addition to picnic shelters, a group camp area can also be reserved. Individual picnic area sites are also available through out Pomona Lake parks on a first come first serve basis.

  • RVing

    Seven campgrounds are conveniently located around Pomona Lake. The Corps manages six of these campgrounds: Outlet, Michigan Valley, Wolf Creek, 110-Mile, Cedar, and Carbolyn. The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks manages Pomona State Park campground. Campgrounds contain level campsites, many with electrical hookups, lantern hanging posts, picnic tables, and fire rings. Shower buildings, sanitary dump stations, playgrounds, and fish cleaning stations are located in most parks. Individual sites, shelters, and group camps are reservable, check under each specific park for details on what is available for reservation.

  • Water Sports

    Never swim alone! This is the first and most important rule when swimming. First find a friend and then find a safe swimming place.

    The safest places to swim at Pomona Lake are designated swimming beaches. There are two designated swimming beaches located at Pomona Lake. One is located in Michigan Valley, and one is located in Pomona State Park. Designated beaches are designed and constructed to eliminate hazards and underwater obstructions. These beaches are buoyed each summer to delineate the usable portion and to exclude boats. These beaches also have parking, change houses and vault toilets. Michigan Valley beach has a volleyball net for beach users.

    Several areas at Pomona Lake are permanently closed to swimming because of their inherent risks. The whirlpool in front of Pomona's control tower and the heavy boat traffic at the boat ramps, courtesy docks, and the marina boat mooring facilities make those areas too hazardous for safe swimming.

    You are invited to enjoy a relaxing and refreshing afternoon swim at Pomona Lake with your friend at a safe swimming area. But, please, think about water safety as you are having fun in the sun.

    Being water safe is a high priority for the Corps of Engineers and Kansas Department Wildlife and Parks.

    There are various booklets and pamphlets located at the visitor center for further information on swimming and boating safety.

    During windy times sail boaters and wind surfers can find plenty of room to maneuver on Pomona Lake The prevailing winds provide for ideal conditions for wind sports.

  • Winter Sports

    Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and ice fishing can be enjoyed along the lake when conditions permit.

Directions

Driving

From Topeka, go 24 miles south on US 75, and seven miles east on KS 268.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(785) 453-2201

Campground reservations

(877) 444-6777

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