Geary State Fishing Lake News

New Maintenance Contract

A new maintenance contract has been awarded. This new contract will cover weekly trash removal and restroom cleaning.  Mowing in the camping areas will be done on an as needed basis.

Camping information:

The designated primitive camping area is free of charge and no reservations are needed. Camping is limited to 14 consecutive days on the property. There are several picnic shelters, fire rings and yard lights, one 2-stall vault toilet, and one boat ramp. There is no running water and no electrical outlets are available. There is a SAFETY ZONE posted from the east bluff above the campgrounds down to the lake edge. The remaining area is open to public hunting, fishing and trapping.

Campground update:

Concrete pads were poured for 8 fire rings and several new fire rings were installed in the fall of 2013. Lake shore access continues to be improved through cutting trees, low hanging branches and burning the lake shore each spring. Filter rock continues to be spread along the lake shore to improve fishing access.

Fishing regulations are posted on the kiosks by the main entrance, the upper east road and next to the boat ramp. Lake maps and fishing regulation pamphlets are available at the kiosks at the main entrance, west side and east side.

Wildlife Area:

The east side of the lake including the dam was burned in March of 2015.   The native grass areas are routinely burned to help maintain good quality forbs in the grasslands, improve nesting habitat, reduce woody species in the native grasslands and provide brood rearing habitat. We have also been cutting invasive trees in the grasslands and are working to build a firebreak on the south end by clearing the trees and brush along the property line. 

The west side, approximately 40 acres, was burned in the summer of 2015 with the goal of reducing the woody encroachment we have been seeing over the past several years and promote more forbs (wildflowers) within the grass stand.

Tree shearing was also done in the fall of 2015 within the campground area, on the west side as well as in the grassland along Hwy 77.  Primarily elms and cedars were cut and treated with herbicide.