Geary State Fishing Lake

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Geary State Fishing Lake and Wildlife Area is 10 miles south of Junction City. The 99-acre lake is surrounded by 180 acres of public hunting land which harbors good numbers of quail, pheasant, doves, squirrels, rabbits, white-tailed deer, beaver, muskrats, raccoons, coyotes, bobcats and numerous nongame birds and animals. The lake also serves as a stopover area for migrating waterfowl in the fall and spring. Several food plots are maintained each year to provide winter food for birds and other wildlife. The lake is an excellent clear lake. The lake has been stocked with largemouth bass, walleye, saugeye, channel catfish, flathead catfish, bluegill and crappie. The lake and public hunting area are open year round. Picnic tables, fireplace grills and camping areas are available for public use.



Lake News - Updated: 05/05/2016
New Maintenance Contract

A new maintenance contract has been awarded. This new contract will cover weekly trash removal and restroom cleaning.  Mowing in the camping areas will be done on an as needed basis.

Camping information:

The designated primitive camping area is free of charge and no reservations are needed. Camping is limited to 14 consecutive days on the property. There are several picnic shelters, fire rings and yard lights, one 2-stall vault toilet, and one boat ramp. There is no running water and no electrical outlets are available. There is a SAFETY ZONE posted from the east bluff above the campgrounds down to the lake edge. The remaining area is open to public hunting, fishing and trapping.

Campground update:

Concrete pads were poured for 8 fire rings and several new fire rings were installed in the fall of 2013. Lake shore access continues to be improved through cutting trees, low hanging branches and burning the lake shore each spring. Filter rock continues to be spread along the lake shore to improve fishing access.

Fishing regulations are posted on the kiosks by the main entrance, the upper east road and next to the boat ramp. Lake maps and fishing regulation pamphlets are available at the kiosks at the main entrance, west side and east side.

Wildlife Area:

The east side of the lake including the dam was burned in March of 2015.   The native grass areas are routinely burned to help maintain good quality forbs in the grasslands, improve nesting habitat, reduce woody species in the native grasslands and provide brood rearing habitat. We have also been cutting invasive trees in the grasslands and are working to build a firebreak on the south end by clearing the trees and brush along the property line. 

The west side, approximately 40 acres, was burned in the summer of 2015 with the goal of reducing the woody encroachment we have been seeing over the past several years and promote more forbs (wildflowers) within the grass stand.

Tree shearing was also done in the fall of 2015 within the campground area, on the west side as well as in the grassland along Hwy 77.  Primarily elms and cedars were cut and treated with herbicide.


General Information

Geary SFL & WA (PDF 389.38 kB)

Manager: Kristin Kloft

Phone:(785) 461-5402

Assistant Manager: Justin Wren

Special Regulations
  • Off Road Vehicle and Horse use is prohibited.
  • Trotlines and setlines are not allowed on state fishing lakes.
  • Motor boats may be used only for fishing and hunting purposes on state fishing lakes.
  • There is a safety zone area posted above the campground area along the bluff where no hunting is allowed.

Special Features: Special provisions are available for handicapped persons. Please call the Milford Wildlife Area at (785) 461-5402 for more information.

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


The lake was initially constructed and stocked in 1959. The lake was rehabilitated in 1987.

Geary Facilities
Dam Parking Area
  • Type of Facility: Parking Area
  • Location of Facility: N38 54.349 W96 51.784
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    Parking area at East end of dam

Main Entrance Kiosk
  • Type of Facility: Information Center
  • Location of Facility: N38 53.653 W96 51.240
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    Hunting and Fishing Regulations posted on Kiosk

Vault Toilet
  • Type of Facility: Vault Toilet
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N38 523.878 W96 51.347
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    Double vault toilet

Boat Ramp
  • Type of Facility: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: N38 53.868 W96 51.342
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    This boat ramp is located at the Soutneast corner of the lake near pit toilet and picnic areas.