Ford State Fishing Lake

Lake News

Ford State Fishing Lake and Wildlife Area is located in Ford County, approximately 3 miles north and 5 miles east of Dodge City. The property consists of 260 acres of uplands, 10 acres of wetlands, and a 45 acre lake. The uplands and wetlands are made up of heavily timbered riparian areas along the creek, native grass on the side slopes, and old crop fields on the flatter upland terrain. An old 4-H campis located on the east side and is presently maintained as a Boy Scout area.

 Manager: Todd Gatton
 Phone: (620) 895-6446

Lake News - Updated: 01/12/2007

Ford Lake News

Many unimproved trails exist around the upper end of the lake. The entire area is open to hiking.

Lake is extremely low. No fish will be stocked until we get some rain. Anglers are catching small crappie and a few channel catfish.

General Information

Ford SFL & WA (PDF 215.48 kB)

 Manager: Todd Gatton
 Phone: (620) 895-6446

Special Regulations

    Camping is allowed only in the designated camping area.



    Vehicles must stay on established roadways.



    No hunting is allowed on the property by county ordinance.


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


The dam was originally built in 1936. In 1990, the area was donated to the Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks in order to renovate the lake for fishing. At the same time, Ford County assumed management of the area for public use. In 1991-1992, the lake was renovated and stocked with fish after filling.

Ford Facilities
Camping Area
  • Type of Facility: Primitive Camping
  • Location of Facility: 37.82191 -99.92200
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    Primitive camping with vault toilet

Picnic Area
  • Type of Facility: Picnic Area
  • Location of Facility: 37.82404 -99.91978
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    2 shelters with concrete pad, vault toilet

Boat Ramp & Courtesy Dock
  • Type of Facility: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: 37.82535 -99.91965
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    Ramp may not be usable during low water periods.

West Parking Area & Information Center
  • Type of Facility: Parking Area
  • Location of Facility: 37.82499 -99.92232

East Parking Area
  • Type of Facility: Parking Area
  • Location of Facility: 37.82573 -99.91644
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    Parking area with info. center, toilet, shoreline fishing access.