Rooks State Fishing Lake

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The lake periodically goes dry due to irregular inflows. When the lake is dry, portions of the area are closed to minimize maintenance costs. A camping area located by the boat ramp and toilet remains open for use.
The lake is open year round, except during dry periods, for fishing with a portion of the area closed from Nov. 1 to Mar. 1 to hunting and vehicles to enhance wildlife related opportunities and reduce litter and vandalism that have historically occurred during periods of low use. Alcoholic and cereal malt beverages are not allowed on the area.
FISHING
The fishery is managed to facilitate the fluctuating lake level. Bluegill, channel catfish, largemouth bass and redear sunfish are stocked each time the lake fills. The fish then grow fast in the nutrient rich water providing good fishing opportunities for the remainder of each lake life span.
BOATING
Motorized boats are allowed on the lake for fishing activities only. The lake is small, so a no wake speed is recommended. A concrete boat ramp and floating dock are located in the northeast corner of the lake. Be aware of flooded vegetation due to water level fluctuation.
WILDLIFE
A diversity of both game and non-game species can be found, but due to the small size of the area, their numbers are relatively low.
Consequently, hunting opportunities are limited since wildlife is either quickly harvested or driven off the area. Some sporadic good hunts are possible as wildlife moves on and off the area.
Both whitetail and mule deer are present, but populations are low. A few turkeys can also be found on the area long the riparian zone. Upland game birds present on the area include pheasant and quail.
Other wildlife that utilizes the area includes coyotes, badgers, mink, rodents, raptors, song birds, waterfowl, and shore birds as well as a variety of amphibians and reptiles native to the region.
CAMPING
Camping is allowed in the four designated camping areas along the east shoreline of the lake. A vault toilet is located near the boat ramp. A walk way facilitates access from the shelter house to the toilet.
PICNICKING
Picnic tables are located in the campgrounds around the lake. One group shelter is available.

Manager: Michael Zajic
Fish Biologist: Mark Shaw
Webster Area Office
1140 10 Road
Stockton, Ks. 67669
Phone: (785) 425-6775

The Area islocated 2 1/2 miles South and 2 miles West of Stockton, KS.

Google Earth of the entire area is available:

Rooks SFL Google Earth (kmz file)

County/Counties:
Lake News - Updated: 08/18/2014

2014 Update

The lake remains dry due to drought conditions.  Access gates to the shelter house, the south fishing area, and the west side are closed until the lake refills.  The area around the restroom, boat ramp and walkway to the shelter house is open year round. 

Continuing in the fall of 2014, the area which was delineated as Safety Zone No Shooting has been resigned as Hunting By Special Permit Only. Mentor/novice deer hunts will be awarded for the area this fall. Check the Special Hunt application for 2014 for available hunts.

Rooks Area Map

Fall Hunting Forecast:

Dove; some doves may be harvested near trees associated with creek drainage.

Upland birds; a limited number of quail and a few pheasants are present.

Turkey; opportunities exist to harvest a turkey in the fall as birds travel along the drainage.

Deer; white-tail and occasionally mule deer are present on the area.

Spring Hunting Forecast:

Turkey; Limited opportunities exist to harvest a turkey in the spring. However, success is directly proportional to the amount of hunting pressure. As hunting pressure increases, turkeys are pushed off the area and success decreases.

If you have questions, please contact Michael Zajic, Area Manager at 785-425-6775 or at michael.zajic@ksoutdoors.com

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Manager: Michael Zajic
Fish Biologist: Mark Shaw
Webster Area Office
1140 10 Road
Stockton, Ks. 67669
Phone: (785) 425-6775

The Area islocated 2 1/2 miles South and 2 miles West of Stockton, KS.

Google Earth of the entire area is available:

Rooks SFL Google Earth (kmz file)


Special Regulations
  • An information shelter is located near the boat ramp providing current information and regulations
  • A no trash policy is in effect, so please pack home everything you pack in.
  • Vehicles are only allowed on maintained roads and parking lots.
  • No alcoholic or cereal malt beverages allowed.

OUTDOOR ALERT

Turn in polluters, poachers, unsafe boaters, and public land vandals.
Call: 1 800-228-4263

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

History

Rooks State Fishing Lake is located 2 1/2 miles south and 2 miles west miles of Stockton. The property is managed by Ks. Department of Wildlife and Parks and comprises 67 acres of water and 246 acres of land. The lake dates back to 1934, when it was built by the Works Progress Administration and the State Forestry, Fish, and Game Commission.

Rooks Facilities
Parking area
  • Type of Cabin: Parking Area
  • Location of Facility: N39 24 01.71 W99 19 20.72
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Parking area
  • Type of Cabin: Parking Area
  • Location of Facility: N39 23 47.19 W99 18 54.49
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    Located at the South Entry Point


Kiosk
  • Type of Cabin: Information Center
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N39 24 10.67 W99 18 54.18
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    Information shelter located at the North Entry Point


Group shelter
  • Type of Cabin: Group Shelter
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N39 24 05.46 W99 18 56.59
  • This Facility is Reservable.
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    Open air shelter located at the Middle Entry Point


Toilet
  • Type of Cabin: Vault Toilet
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N39 24 08.98 W99 18 56.96
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    Unisex toilet located at the North Entry Point


Boat Ramp
  • Type of Cabin: Boat Ramp
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N39 24 09.18 W99 18 58.95
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