Saline State Fishing Lake

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2019 Spring Rains have raised the lake level sufficient to support re-stocking Channel Catfish and Bluegill.

The lake is open to vehicle traffic from Sunrise to Sunset (gate is closed after hours) from April t1 to Aug. 31.

No Alcohol is permitted on the property.

Catfish Daily Creel is 5 per day.

During low water levels over the last several years, the lake has been closed to vehicle access and fishing.  When full, Saline State Fishing Lake has 39 acres of water surrounded by 39 acres of land. Facilities include a boat ramp, fishing piers, a vault toilet and several fishing access points.

In 2014, KS. Dept. of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism entered an agreement with the Saline County Uplanders chapter of Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever.  This agreement allows the Chapter to hold shooting, hunting and outdoor activity training events.  The Chapter works to keep the area cleaned, maintained and improves habitat for wildlife.

Wilson Public Lands Office: (785)658-2465.

North from I-70 exit 249 to Watkins Rd, then east 1 mile to Gerard Rd, then north 1/2 mile to entrance.

A Google Earth Map and image is now available:

Saline SFL Google Earth Map (kmz file)

Saline SFL Google Image

Address:
West Watkins and North Gerard Rd, Saline County
Salina,KS   
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Lake News - Updated: 06/18/2019

Saline State Fishing Lake News

LAKE IS NOW OPEN TO FISHING

2019 Spring rains have raised the lake level to a maximum depth of 12 feet.  The west half of the lake is 8 - 10 feet deep and the east half 5-6 feet deep.

Bluegill and Channel Catfish have been recently stocked to provide anglers with fishing opportunities that has not been available for years.  Saline State Fishing Lake has been nearly dry for many years with no ability to support fish.

General Information
Phone:
Address:
West Watkins and North Gerard Rd, Saline County
 
Salina, KS   
County/Counties:

Wilson Public Lands Office: (785)658-2465.

North from I-70 exit 249 to Watkins Rd, then east 1 mile to Gerard Rd, then north 1/2 mile to entrance.

A Google Earth Map and image is now available:

Saline SFL Google Earth Map (kmz file)

Saline SFL Google Image


Special Regulations
  •  From April 1 to August 31, vehicle access is permitted from Sunrise to Sunset.  The access gate is closed during nighttime hours.
  • No Alcohol is permitted on the area.
  • Daily Creel Limit for Channel Catfish is 5
  •  The area is closed to all activities except by special permit from September 1 through March 31.
  • Some hunts are offered through the state-wide special hunt program.

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

History

Originally a borrow pit for highway construction. Opened in 1977 as a state fishing lake.

Saline Facilities
Parking lot
  • Type of Facility: Parking Lot
  • Location of Facility: 38.903159 -97.65751
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Vault toilet
  • Type of Facility: Vault Toilet
  • Location of Facility: 38.902503 -97.650073
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Boat Ramp
  • Type of Facility: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: 38.901612 -97.650885
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