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Perry Lake Dam
Perry Lake Dam
The dam consists of a rolled earth-fill embankment about 7,750 feet long, constructed to an elevation approximately 95 feet above the streambed with gated outlet works and a gated chute-type spillway in the left abutment. The outlet works is located in the center of the dam and includes several features. The outlet conduit, which is 23.5 feet in diameter and 564.25 feet long, extends through the earth embankment with approach and outlet channels. It is preceded by two rectangular passages of 11.75 feet wide and 23.5 feet high. Each passage contains an emergency gate and a service gate. Both gates are hydraulically operated. Discharges enter a concrete stilling basin immediately downstream of the outlet conduit. Two rows of staggered baffle blocks reduce the velocity of the water before it goes into the outlet channel. The intake structure and control tower contain all of the operating machinery and equipment. Additional pertinent data is listed below.
Perry Lake Control Tower
Built between 1964 and 1969, Perry Lake, in conjunction with other Corps of Engineers projects, provides flood control for the Kansas, Missouri, and Mississippi River Valleys. During the first nineteen years of operation, Perry Lake provided flood control benefits calculated at over eight times the construction cost of $47,900,000. In addition to flood control, Perry Lake is used to supplement water flow for navigational purposes and provides 150,000 acre-feet of water storage.
Camping at Perry Lake
Camping at Perry Lake
Perry Lake offers a variety off camping opportunities from sites with water and electrical hookups to primitive sites that get you closer to nature. All campsite come accomidated with a picnic table and fire ring. The price of camping ranges from $10-$18 per night and we do honor Senior and Disability Passes.
Natural Resource Program
The Perry Lake Corps of Engineers manage an agricultural leasing program that is beneficial to local farmers as well as area wildlife.

Outdoor Recreation


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  • 50 Amp electric w/ water site- $18.00/day
  • 30 Amp electric w/ water site- $17.00/day
  • 30 Amp electric only site - $16.00/day
  • Non-electric site - $12.00/day
  • Off-seeason camping (Oct. 16th - April 15th) - $10.00/day


  • All Corps boat ramps - $3.00/day
  • Corps beach - $1.00/person, up to $4.00 maximum
    • children 12 and under are free
  • Annual Day-Use Permit - $30.00/year


  • All non-electric - $20.00/day
  • Rock Creek shelter electric - $30.00/day
The Information Center is open to the public from 7:30am - 4:00pm Monday - Friday. Day-Use picnic areas are open daily from 6:00am - 10:00pm. For campground park attendant hours please go to our Camping page for more information.
The Perry 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.

Contact Perry

Perry Project Office
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
10419 Perry Park Drive
Perry, Kan. 66073

Phone: (785) 597-5144

Email: perry.lake@usace.army.mil




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