Work began Jan. 5 to remove trees, reshape dam
PARSONS -- Visitors to Neosho State Fishing Lake, located 8 miles northwest of Parsons, will likely notice a dramatic change in the landscape surrounding the lake. The lake, built in the late 1920’s, was the first state lake constructed by what is now the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP).
Those familiar with Neosho State Fishing Lake are probably aware of the large trees that were present on the dam. While these trees are aesthetically pleasing to some and provide shade for anglers, they also cause numerous structural problems within the dam. Recently, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) began working with the Division of Water Resources (DWR) to renovate the dam.
Over time the roots of these trees will spread throughout the interior of the dam, allowing water to find its way through from the lake side. This has been occurring at the lake since its creation 80 years ago. In the past year, numerous small seeps were discovered on the back side of the dam. While the seeps currently present no danger of causing a breach in the dam, KDWP and DWR engineers have determined it would be best to address the issue to ensure many more years of outdoor recreation opportunity for lake visitors.
Work to remove the trees from the face, backside, and a narrow area back from the toe of the dam began Jan. 5th, and should be completed by mid-January. After the trees are removed, the areas where trees were removed will be reshaped to create an even slope. The dam will be reseeded to grass this winter to provide erosion control for spring rains.
Anyone with questions or concerns is encouraged to call the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks at 620-431-0380.