Kingman State Fishing Lake

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Kingman State Fishing Lake offers excellent fishing for largemouth bass, bluegill, redear, northern pike, and channel catfish. Special length limits and creel limits are posted at the lake entrance. The area also has numerous ponds that hold fish. These are indicated on the area map and can provide excellent fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, and bluegill. Take a kid to one of the ponds and you're guaranteed a good day. Picnic tables, firerings, toilets, and a group shelter are available for visitors. Two boat launching facilities are located on the east side of the lake.


Camping on State Fishing Lakes in Kansas is generally only primitive.  No designated sites are available and no hookups are provided.  At Kingman State Fishing Lake, camping is all primitive on a first-come first-served basis.  There is no fee and picnic tables, fire rings, and primitive toilets are available.  Campers should realize that State Fishing Lakes differ greatly from State Parks where full-service sites are provided and fees are collected.  There is no dump station at Kingman State Fishing Lake and trash is a carry in/carry out requirement.  Generators are allowed, however, quiet hours are from 11:00p.m. to 6:00a.m. and generators are not to be run during those time constraints.  Office hours are generally 8:00 a.m. to 4:30p.m. though the Manager(only full-time staff) is frequently working on the area and not available. 

ANS ALERT! White perch have been found in the lake. Fishermen need to know that possession of live white perch is prohibited. Dead white perch may be possessed or used as bait on the waters where they were taken.

ANS ALERT! Zebra mussels have been found in Cheney, Marion, and El Dorado reservoirs. If you have visited these reservoirs, be sure you have cleaned or dried your boat and other equipment as indicated on signs posted at both boat ramps before launching at Kingman State Fishing Lake. Do not transport bait or bait water from those reservoirs to Kingman.

8685 W. Hwy 54
Lake News - Updated: 09/06/2019

Kingman State Fishing Lake News


New Handicapped Campsite:

During the summer of 2018, Brandon Mengel, seasonal employee at Kingman State Fishing Lake, designed and built a handicapped campsite in the KMSL campground.  The site offers a hardened site for a tent, fire ring, handicap accessible table, and hardened site for one vehicle.  It is in close proximity to one of the new rock fishing jetties and, when completed, will include hardened access from the campsite to the jetty. 

Winter Repairs and Improvements:

This winter we responded quickly to the damage caused by the September and October floods and repaired the road damage to the road below the dam as well as the river access off of NW 90 Avenue.  Further, we put new surface material on the upper lakeshore road as well as a good part of State Lake Road.  These improvements should make travel on these roads safer and more dependable during wet periods.  The storm siren passed it's spring weather awareness test and should be ready to warn campers and fishermen should severe storms approach.

Lake News:

On March 19, 2016, members of the Kansas Muzzleloaders Association gathered at Kingman State Fishing Lake for a work day.  9 members constructed 5 new picnic table, moved pipe and equipment that was blocking a project, conducted spring cleaning at the archery range, picked up limbs in the campground, and cut cottonwoods and willows around one of the ponds that had come up during the drought.  These folks put in a long day helping with projects that would have taken State Lake staff 2 weeks to accomplish alone.  Our thanks go out to the group and it's members!!!   

The main water control structure that provides water to Kingman State Fishing Lake that was destroyed several years ago by high water was replaced in July 2008. The new structure should improve water availability to the lake and also protect the lake during periods of high rainfall.

Fishermen may have noticed new rip rap on the dam east of the dam jetty. Wave action has been damaging the dam slope in this area since it was refaced in 1995. Highway work east of Kingman made broken concrete available free to be used for this project. The work was completed this winter. This rip rap will protect the dam from further damage and also provide additional fish habitat.

A new canal was completed in November 2010 that will carry water directly to the lake from the main spring located north of the lake. Historically, water had to flood 3 marshes before any reached the lake itself. This canal should make water distribution to the lake more efficient, minimizing evaportation and tree uptake that normally happened when those marshes were flooded. Marshes will still be able to be flooded come fall.


New Handicap Accesible Jetty Available:

The Byron Walker Wildlife Area, located seven miles West of Kingman on Highway 54, is one of the great attractions for the city of Kingman and for Kingman County. The Kingman State Fishing Lake, and its associated recreation area, is the focal point of the 4,600 acre recreation area. The west side of the lake is open for waterfowl hunting during hunting season. The lake itself is stocked with crappie, bass, pike, sunfish, and channel catfish for the anglers delight. There are picnic tables, fire pits, camping areas, four fishing jetties, two boat ramps with launching docks, a large shelter house suitable for larger parties or gatherings, and three nice, clean toilet facilities for your families’ comfort.

However, until recently (Nov '10), there was still something lacking. It was difficult for a handicapped individual to be able to get close enough to the waters’ edge to fish. Carl Jamieson, a local disabled fisherman, contacted Troy Smith, the Wildlife Area Manager, to discuss this shortcoming and see if something could be done to help handicapped sportsmen. Mr. Smith discussed having to remove the floating docks a few years earlier because they had become dangerous and had outlived their life span. He also indicated that he had been submitting budget proposals annually to get them replaced, but funding was not available. Mr. Jamieson asked if he might investigate the option of seeking donated materials, and was given the green light to proceed. A design was developed to construct a handicapped accessible surface on one of the existing jetties if the materials could be found at a reduced cost or donated. Mr. Jamieson started making phone calls. The first thing he was able to find was the framework material. Rick Yoder of Jayhawk Oilfield Supply not only supplied 14 lengths of 4 inch by 38 foot long oil well casing, but also delivered it to the lake at the northern most jetty, the site chosen for the construction. A couple more calls and Christy from Arensdorf Lumber dba Kingman Lumber donated 100 feet of ½ inch rebar to be used as bracing for the framework. Once the idea of the handicapped accessible fishing jetty was published in the paper under Letters to the Editor, Dan Hacker of Hacker Brothers Construction stepped forward and volunteered the material that was needed to create a smooth surface for wheel chairs and delivered 25 tons of GE, a compactable gravel, to the site. A couple more phone calls and Terry Schrag of Cannonball donated 300 feet of 1&1/2 inch square stock to construct the safety railings for the project.

Without the compassion and generosity of these people and their companies this project would never have happened. They eagerly stepped forward and supplied all of the necessary materials for the project. They all deserve our appreciation and a huge vote of thanks and support.

Once all the materials needed were acquired, the on-site work began in earnest last fall. The rip rap (rock) that is the main base of the jetty was repositioned around the edges to make a suitable base for the pipe form. The perimeter of the jetty was dredged to allow deeper fishing water close to the jetties edge and to inhibit water lily growth. The framework was finished and placed, the GE rock spread out and compacted, and the railings fabricated and installed. A barrier was put up to prevent vehicles from driving out onto the jetty, handicapped parking signs were installed, and a sidewalk was poured to allow easy access for wheel chairs from the two handicapped parking spots. The new jetty development is located just west of the two cabins at the North East end of the lake to allow easy access. All this new facility lacks is the fishermen, and not just handicapped fishermen. It is open to all.


General Information
8685 W. Hwy 54
Cunningham, KS   

Manager: Troy Smith,
Phone: (620) 532-3242

Special Regulations
  • Motorized boating is restricted to fishing only and a "no-wake" policy is enforced.
  • The possession and consumption of alcohol and cereal malt beverages is prohibited on the area.

Special Features: A waterfowl refuge is maintained on the eastern two-thirds of the lake, including the campground area. The campground is all primitive with no hardened sites or hookups. The lake and surrounding wildlife area are ranked in the top 13 areas for wildlife viewing in Kansas

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


The 144 acre Kingman State Fishing Lake is located seven miles west of Kingman, along the South Fork of the Ninnescah River.


Kingman Facilities
Shelter House
  • Type of Facility: Shelter
  • Location of Facility: N37 39.266 W98 15.395

North Toilet
  • Type of Facility: Vault Toilet
  • Location of Facility: N37 39.393 W98 15.377

Middle Toilet
  • Type of Facility: Vault Toilet
  • Location of Facility: N37 39.267 W98 15.446

Middle Boat Ramp
  • Type of Facility: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: N37 39.269 W98 15.463

South Toilet
  • Type of Facility: Vault Toilet
  • Location of Facility: N37 39.064 W98 15.312

South Boat Ramp
  • Type of Facility: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: N37 39.049 W98 15.307