Jewell State Fishing Lake

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JWSL 2011 fishing

Surrounded by grassland hills, Jewell State Lake was constructed primarily as a fishing area. This normally heavily used lake is between Glen Elder and Lovewell Reservoirs and provides a sheltered retreat not found on the bigger waters. The area and surrounding grassland vegetation is native prairie grasses, woodland trees and shrubs.

The fishery currently has largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill, redear sunfish, crappie, saugeye, and walleye. Five fishing piers are available around the lake to increase fishing access. Two fish feeders are used to improve growth and condition of the fish.

Public hunting is allowed, but due to the small land area, opportunities are limited. Pheasant, quail, turkey, dove, fox squirrel, rabbit, mule and whitetail deer, waterfowl, furbearers and many song birds and non-game wildlife inhabit or pass through and use the area. Food plots encourage wildlife to use the area and supplement the food provided by the native plants and surrounding agricultural lands.

At the beginning of May, 2021 Trapper's Hollow was reserved for a birthday party. Here are some of the successful fishers. 

boy and girl holding fish  3 boys with 2 fish  Man and Boy holding fish


Manager: Chris Lecuyer

Fish Biologist: Scott Waters

Assistant Manager: 

Glen Elder Area Office: 2131 180 Rd. Glen Elder, KS 67446

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Lake News - Updated: 06/07/2022
JWSL Spring 2011
-The Plum Thicket Shores camping area was renovated and a new shelter erected in 2017.
-A new shelter was built in the Catfish Cove area in 2015 as a local Eagle Scout project.
-We are attempting to control the expansion of phragmites around the lake shoreline.  It is a very challenging invasive species to deal with. 
-There are some very high quality prairie areas on the property that we strive to maintain with regular prescribed burns and other management activities.
Furharvesters’ Volunteer Weekend at Jewell State Fishing Lake

The Kansas Furharvester’s Association- District 3 group came out to Jewell State Fishing Lake on June 11 and 12, 2011 for their annual work day and campout. The group has been assisting the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) with maintenance and enhancement projects at the lake since 1996.

Early Saturday morning, District 3 members were ready to go to work for the day under the supervision of KDWP employees Toby Marlier and Curt Shoemaker. This year’s projects included: concrete construction of a retaining curb and sidewalk section at the group shelterhouse; marker posts were installed, painted, and capped next to all 9 fire rings; and 2 large signs were stained and repainted.

The Furharvesters’ work crew this year was Cleo, Miranda, and Marcus Hahn; Roger and Donna Macy; Jerry Koster; and Eldon Dunstan. At the end of the day a cookout was held at the group shelter that was enjoyed by friends and supporters of the group. After supper, a couple of the members took advantage of the fast paced bluegill fishing available that evening.

If you would like to learn more about or get involved with the Furharvester’s Association, please contact Cleo Hahn at 785-346-4541 or Roger Macy at 785-346-2076.

General Information

Manager: Chris Lecuyer

Fish Biologist: Scott Waters

Assistant Manager: 

Glen Elder Area Office: 2131 180 Rd. Glen Elder, KS 67446

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Special Regulations
  • Be sure to check current fishing regulations for the property posted at entrances and published annually in the Fishing Regulations Summary.
  • Camping when fishing at the lake is available only in one of 6 designated sites (Cattail Cove, Panfish Flats, Willow's Weep, Catfish Cove, Plum Thicket Shores, and Ash Creek). Seven picnic shelters with tables and grills as well as two pit toilets are conveniently located around the lake.
  • Trappers Hollow (Group Shelter), Turtlehead Bend, and Limestone Point areas are for day use only.
  • Camping is not permitted at the reservable Group Shelter, except by special permit.
  • Fires are only allowed in metal fire-rings. Use of fire-rings to burn any material other than wood or charcoal is illegal.
  • Swimming is not permitted.
  • Tying to and climbing on fish feeders will not be tolerated.
  • Motorized boats are allowed at no wake speeds, for fishing and hunting only. Small one and two person bass boats with a trolling motor are very effective at fishing the cover areas on the lake. A boat ramp with parking lot is located on the west side.

See the information shelters at each entrance for more information about the area, or contact the Glen Elder Area Office.

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


Jewell State Fishing Lake is located in Jewell County, four miles west and six miles south of Mankato, KS. or six miles west and two miles north of Jewell, KS. The property is managed by the Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks and comprises 57 acres of water and 108 acres of land. It was acquired and built by the KS. Fish and Game Commission in 1954 using Dingell-Johnson funding.

Jewell Facilities
East Info. Kiosk
  • Type of Facility: Information Center
  • Location of Facility: 39.697994 -98.276200
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Group Shelter
  • Type of Facility: Shelter
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: 39.698996 -98.276555
  • This Facility is Reservable.
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    also has ADA pit toilet

Vault Toilet
  • Type of Facility: Pit Toilet
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: 39.698178 -98.281697
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Boat Ramp
  • Type of Facility: Boat Ramp
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: 39.698630 -98.282455
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    Has ADA dock