Atchison State Fishing Lake

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The lake covers approximately 66 acres and has extensive shallow water in the west end. The rest of the lake in characterized by flats on the northwest side and gradual to steep drop offs to 15 to 30 feet over the rest of the area. There are 182 acres of land adjoining the lake. Of this, approximately 136 acres plus the lake are open to hunting. The wildlife area is comprised of native grass and timber. The east side of the lake from the shoreline to the east property line is closed to hunting.

Primitive camping is allowed on the south and east side of the lake. Picnic facilities and restrooms are available on site. Rural water is provided at the southeast entrance to the area.

All the 136 acres of land are open to hunting and provide opportunities for deer, upland game , rabbits and squirrels. The lake provides good opportunities for waterfowl hunting especially in the west end.

County/Counties:
Lake News - Updated: 03/13/2014

Lake News

 

The lake has thawed and it's time to think about getting out and enjoy the outdoors. The road to the west end of the lake will be open on March 18th or 19th. As the warmer weather moves in and the grass starts to grow, there will be some changes in how the State Fishing Lake will be managed. This year due to cuts in number of employees for the summer, we will mow very little of the camping area. The mowing effort will be concentrated along the shoreline for fishing access. Please bear with us as we work through these cuts and hopefully things will be better soon.

As the hot weather returns please remember that swimming is not allowed at the lake. Please remember that parking near the cabin and the new dock are for cabin patrons only. Camping is restricted in the immediate area around the cabin.

General Information
County/Counties:

Atchison SFL & WA (PDF 202.25 kB)

Manage: Kirk Thompson,
Phone: (913) 367-7811


Special Regulations
  • East side of lake closed to hunting from shoreline to east property fence line.
  • Off road vehicle, ATV and horse use is prohibited.
  • Boating for hunting and fishing purposes only
  • Special creel limits and length limits are in place

Here is a complete list of Public Land Regulations or you can download the regulation summary.

History

The land was purchased in 1955 and the lake was constructed in 1956.

Atchison Facilities
Atchison State Fishing Lake Modern Cabin
  • Type of Cabin: Modern Cabin
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N39 38 24 W95 10 12
  • This Facility is Reservable.
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    Directions to Cabin: From Atchison, KS go 3 miles north on Hwy 7, turn left (west) on 318th Road, go 2 miles on 318th and then turn right (north) on Pawnee Road and go .7 mile. The cabin is on your left between the road and lake.

    Click HERE for alternative map and directions HERE.

    THE NEW DELUXE CABIN overlooks Atchison State Fishing Lake. This cabin offers one bedroom with a full-size bed and a futon. The bathroom offers a large walk-in shower. The large front room has a full kitchen with stove, refrigerator, microwave, pots and pans, dishes, silverware, and basic kitchen tools.

    Also included are toasters, coffee

    Cabin Living Room

    makers, and filters. You will find additional sleeping accommodations in the front room with a pull down twin-size murphy bed and a sofa. Occupancy is limited to 6; exceptions for additional children may be approved by the manager. No more than 6 people my use the cabin at one time. No gatherings of more than 6 are allowed in the cabin.

    The cabin is air conditioned and heated. A picnic area outside offers a fire ring, barbecue grill, and picnic table. The large front porch will beckon you to sit a spell. Located just north and west of Atchison, you will enjoy the tranquility of the lake and great fishing opportunities. This cabin is ADA-accessible. Located northwest of Atchison, the cabin is open all year. Vehicle permits are not required at Atchison State Fishing Lake.

    No check-in is required. There is only one cabin on this area. The entry to the cabin is by code on door knob

    Cabin Kitchen
    Cabin Restroom

    Cabin Housekeeping Guidelines

    • The cabin should be left in at least as good of condition as you found it in.
    • Dishes, Pot, Pans, Silverware and all other kitchen accessories should all be washed, dried and put back into cabinets.
    • All appliances should be cleaned. (Microwave, Stove, Refrigerator, Toaster, Coffee Maker and Can Opener)
    • Please sweep floors. If floors are heavily soiled a mop is provided.
    • Please take all trash to the dumpster located at shop/office at the south end of lake. If no dumpster is available please set trash by shop fence.

    Cabin Rules

    • Check in time is 2:00 pm
    • Check out time is 12:00 noon.
    • No Alcohol is allowed.
    • Absolutely NO Pets or Smoking in Cabin. All outside pets must comply with the pet regulation (KAR 115-8-10). Summary of KAR 115-8-10 - Pets shall be controlled at all times by using any of the following: Hand-held lead not more than 10 feet in length; tethered chain or leash not more than 10 feet in length. The pet shall be under the direct observation of and control by the owner; or confined to a cage, pen, vehicle or trailer. The requirements of subsection shall not apply to dogs while being used during and as a part of any of the following acts or activities: Hunting during open hunting seasons on lands or waters open for hunting; However no pets are allowed in cabin
    • Occupancy is limited to 6; exceptions for additional children may be approved by the manager. No more than 6 people my use the cabin at one time. No gatherings of more than 6 are allowed in the cabin.
    • Fires at cabin in approved fire ring only.
    • No cooking on porch.
    • No cleaning of fish or wildlife in cabin.
    • No tents or campers at cabin without approval.

Atchison Cabins

Important Cabin Information:  Reservation Terms and Conditions, Cabin Reservation Information

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Making a Cabin Reservation

  • Persons 21 years of age or older may make reservation requests. Reservation can be made by telephone, internet, mail or in person one year in advance at the Regional Office. Phone or internet reservations can be made with a credit card. There is no entry fee for this area.
  • Cabin rates are $70 per night plus a non-refundable reservation fee of $12.00 for each transaction. A damage/cleaning fee of $70 will be collected if the cabin is damaged or left unclean at checkout. Please contact the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, 300 SW Wanamaker Road, Topeka, Ks 66606, (785) 273-6740, or Reserve Online.

About Refunds and Cancellations

  • The $12.00 cabin reservation fee cannot be refunded. Other refund and cancellation rules can be found in Terms and Conditions.

Dates Available

  • Cabins are reservable year round. Prices are subject to change. Reservations will be handled on a first come first served basis.

Check In and Checkout Time

  • Arrangements will be made at reservation to allow you access into the cabin. If reservation is made online you will be sent a confirmtion by email with instructions on checking in to the cabin. After you leave, staff will inspect the cabin and determine condition, damage and contact you about any additional charges.
  • Check in time 2:00 pm
  • Check out time 12:00 pm

Cabin rules

  • Occupancy is limited to 6; exceptions for additional children may be approved by the manager. No more than 6 people my use the cabin at one time. No gatherings of more than 6 are allowed in the cabin.
  • Absolutely NO Pets or Smoking in Cabin. All outside pets must comply with the pet regulation (KAR 115-8-10). Summary of KAR 115-8-10 - Pets shall be controlled at all times by using any of the following: Hand-held lead not more than 10 feet in length; tethered chain or leash not more than 10 feet in length. The pet shall be under the direct observation of and control by the owner; or confined to a cage, pen, vehicle or trailer. The requirements of subsection shall not apply to dogs while being used during and as a part of any of the following acts or activities: Hunting during open hunting seasons on lands or waters open for hunting; However at no time are pets allowed in the cabin.
  • Fires at cabin in approved fire ring only.
  • No cooking on porch.
  • No cleaning of fish or wildlife in cabin.
  • No tents or campers at cabin without approval.
Wildlife Viewing

Atchison State Fishing Lake (built in 1957 as Hetherington Lake) is nestled among rounded hills blanketed by oak-hickory woodlands and broad valleys planted in corn. The 2.5 miles of gravel road from K-7 to the Independence Creek valley, where the lake is located, are like a roller coaster and can be slick when wet. Elm, willow, silver maple, and locust compose the riparian woodland, where wildflowers are abundant from spring through fall.

Butterflies are commonly seen in the woodlands and along the lake edge during the summer. Both fox and gray squirrels scamper through the trees. Tracks of white-tailed deer and raccoons cover the banks of the creek and lake. Red-eyed and yellow-throated vireos, blue-gray gnatcatchers, and summer tanagers nest here. Summer evenings bring the clear, mellow song of the whip-poor-will and the loud whistling call of the chuck-will's-widow. During fall and spring migrations, the lake will host puddle ducks (such as mallards and pintails) and diving ducks, including goldeneyes and redheads. There is a resident population of Canada geese, and groups of goslings accompanied by their parents may be seen in springtime.  Shorebirds are also present during migrations.