Woodson State Fishing Lake

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The oak covered Chautauqua Hills which lie along the east and south side of the lake, along with the native grass covered rolling terrain to the west and north, provide a beautiful setting for Woodson State Fishing Lake. The lake itself is 180 surface acres and is located on a tributary of Big Sandy Creek, which eventually dumps into the Verdigris River. About 75% of public use on the area centers around the lake. Primary use is by anglers, however, the beautiful setting of the lake draws many campers and day users.


 Manager: John Johnson
 Phone: 620-637-2748

Lake News - Updated: 08/26/2021

2021 Woodson Wildlife Area Dove Management Fields - Located 9 miles West of Yates Center Kansas, in Woodson County.

Overview- 2021 there was approx. 24 acres of Sunflowers planted and 4 acres of Milo/Millet.

Outlook- Sunflowers did fair, with average head size and average yields. Most fields had abundant annual weed production as well, such as Fox Tail Millet and Ragweed. I expect hunters to have normal or average hunting success this 2021 season.

Special Regulations in Effect-

The entire Dove Management fields are highly enforced, Non-Toxic Shot ONLY. The remainder of the WA is open to lead shot for Dove Hunting.

Daily Hunt Permit is required and can be found at kiosk on either parking lot along Hwy 54. Top portion must be COMPLETLY filled out and placed in box, PRIOR to entering field to hunt. Bottom portion of Daily Hunt Permit must be in possession while hunting, and completely filled out and placed in box, at conclusion of hunt.

Pack it In-Pack it Out. All trash shall be placed in receptacles at kiosk on your way out. Leave no trash in the dove fields! No littering policy is strictly enforced.

General Information

Woodson SFL & WA (PDF 1,015.85 kB)

 Manager: John Johnson
 Phone: 620-637-2748

Special Regulations
  • Off Road Vehicle and Horse use is prohibited, including ATV’s.
Brush Piles (OCTET-STREAM 12.12 kB)

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


In 1933 320 acres of property was donated to the Forestry Fish and Game Commission by R.B. Fegan on which to build a state lake. In 1974 the purchase of an adjoining 2,245 additional acres was completed from Robert Blair. Another parcel was purchased in 1976, which was the last parcel added to the area. This brings the total acreage of the Woodson Area to 2,885 acres.