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Welcome To Wilson Lake

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Buy It Where You Burn It
Moving Firewood Transports Tree-Killing Insects and Diseases. Remember on Corps' lands that fires shall be confined to designated areas and shall be contained in fireplaces, grills, or other facilities designated for this purpose. Fires shall not be left unattended and must be completely extinguished prior to departure. Always check with the local project office for information.
About Wilson Lake
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers planned, designed, constructed and today manages Wilson Lake, located in central Kansas.
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Wilson Dam
Wilson Lake is a multipurpose project situated on the Saline River that serves primarily for flood and silt control, recreation and fish and wildlife management.
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Canoeing at Wilson Lake
Whether canoeing, power boating, or sailing; Wilson Lake, the clearest lake in Kansas, has something to offer for all.
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Natural Resource Management
The objective of natural resource management at Wilson Lake is to fully consider the recreation and resource potential that may be afforded on project property and to capitalize on that potential for the benefit and enjoyment of the public and wildlife on a sustained basis.

Outdoor Recreation

Need to Know

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Visitor Center    

7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday through Friday

The Wilson Lake Project is regulated by Title 36 CFR 327 governing public use of Corps of Engineers water resources development projects. For a list of all rules and regulations please reference this link.
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Regular Season Camping Fees:

Regular season camping is from May 1 to September 30 in Minooka and Sylvan Campgrounds.  It begins May 15 and ends September 16 in Lucas Campground.

Basic campsite (no electricty or water) - $12.00

Electric campsite - $18.00

Electric and water campsite - $20.00

Boat Launch Fees (Spillway Boat Ramp and 3 Minooka Ramps):

Day Use - $5.00

Offseason Camping Fees:

Offseason camping is October 1 to April 30 in Minooka and Sylvan Campgrounds.  It begins September 17 and ends May 14 in Lucas Campground.

Overnight camping on basic site - Free

Overnight camping on utility site (water and/or electric) - $10.00

Annual Pass Fees:

America the Beautiful Annual Pass - $80.00 (valid at Federal recreation sites nationwide)

US Army Corps of Engineers Annual Pass - $40.00 (valid at all Corps of Engineers day-use areas including swim beaches and boat ramps)

America the Beautiful Passport: Issued @ OFFICE Only.  Provides Free boat launch and half price fees at federal rec areas.

Senior Pass - $10 (valid to those 62 years and older)

Access Pass - FREE (valid to those providing correct disability identification).

Here at Wilson Lake

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The 4 year drought continues to impact boat ramps at Wilson Lake.  Good news is that Spring rain has increased inflows and Wilson Lake has risen 4.5 feet this Spring.  Wilson Lake is still 6 feet low going into June 2016.  The historic record low was 10.5 feet low in April 2016.  The previous record low was 7.3 feet in December 2006. The Corps is only going to charge a fee at the Spillway Ramp (fee season 1 May - 30 September) and will not be charging a fee at the three Minooka ramps until the lake level rises.  The public is requested to test the depth and exercise caution when loading. The costs of dredging the ramps with an excavator far exceeds the benefits.  Most of the coves are shallow and flat for several hundred yards out from the ramp.  If drought conditions persist, we are prepared to close and barricade ramps.  Public comment on ramp access will determine closure.  Below is a current list of ramp conditions.

Spillway Ramp:  The low water ramp lane is open.  Good depths for launching any boat. Courtesy dock is available.   Corps Day Use Fee will be charged at this ramp May 1- SEPT 30.  $5/day at self pay station or purchase a $40 Annual Pass at Corps Office.

Lucas Park Ramp:  This ramp is now accessible for medium watercraft.  There is a shallow sand hump to get out of cove.  Continue to use caution!  Courtesy dock is not accessible.

Otoe State Park Ramp (KDWPT):  There is 1 open lane with adequate depth for medium size boats.  Courtesy dock is not accessible.

Hell Creek State Park Ramp (KDWPT):  Open lanes and adequate depths for most boats.  Courtesy dock is accessible. 

Minooka Ramps (East /Middle/West):  Shallow water conditions exist and difficult access.  The West is high and dry.  We have seen some jet ski's launch from the Middle.  The East ramp is accessible for medium watercraft.  There is a shallow sand hump to get out of cove.  There is no courtesy dock available.  Some cautious folks continue to drive the extra 10 miles to launch their boat at either Hell Creek or Spillway Boat Ramp where the lanes and coves are deeper.

* Photo above is at the Minooka Park East Boat Ramp (taken late fall 2015)

Sylvan Park

    There is a $10 utility fee charge during the non-recreational season (October 1st to April 30th) at sites that provide electrical hookups. Standard sites without utility hookups are free. The shower building will remain open year round and has heated concrete floors.

Minooka Park

    There is a $10 utility fee charge during the non-recreational season (October 1st to April 30 th) at sites that provide electrical hookups. Standard sites without utility hookups are free. Shower building is closed til May 1st and the vault toliets will remain open.

Lucas Park 
    There is a $10 utility fee charge during the non-recreational season (September 16th to May 14 th) at sites that provide electrical hookups.  Standard sites without utility hookups are free. Shower building is closed until May 15 th and the vault toliets will remain open.

Contact Wilson Lake

Wilson Project Office 
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 
4860 Outlet Blvd. 
Sylvan Grove, KS 67481 

Phone:  785-658-2551 
Fax: 785-658-2554 

Email: wilson.lake@usace.army.mil

 

 

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