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Welcome to Tuttle Creek Lake

Anglers at Stilling Basin at Tuttle Creek Lake
Anglers at Stilling Basin
Anglers at Stilling Basin at Tuttle Creek Lake
Boater enters Marina Cove
Boater enters the Marina Cove after a successful morning of fishing. Boating is a popular recreational activity, with excellent lake access provided at Stockdale, Tuttle Creek Cove, and Cedar Ridge Parks.
Spillway Release, July 1993
The primary purpose of Tuttle Creek Lake is flood control. Between 1903 and 1959, the Topeka stretch of the Kansas River experienced 25 damaging floods. Tuttle Creek Lake helps to regulate and attenuate these critical hydrological events. Flood waters can be impounded until conditions downstream allow for their gradual, safe release.
ATV Use in Tuttle Creek ORV Area
The Corps of Engineers protects and manages the land and water At Tuttle Creek Lake as a public trust, providing quality recreational experiences, while maintaining the integrity of the natural environment. We assure project visitors with a safe and healthful setting to pursue camping, hiking, picnicking, boating, hunting, fishing, and many other recreational activities.
Eaglet Banding
Army Corps of Engineers personnel assist a US Fish and Wildlife biologist in measuring the claw size of an eaglet at the Shannon Creek nest site.

Outdoor Recreation

Need to Know

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Visitor Center:

7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

Outlet Park:

6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Tuttle Creek ORV & Spillway Cycle Area:

9:00 am to sunset

The Tuttle Creek Lake Project is regulated by Title 36 CFR 327 governing public use of Corps of Engineers water resources development projects.  For a list of rules and regulations please reference this link.
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  • Utility Campsites - $18/night
  • Non-Utility Campsites - $12/night
  • Off-season Camping (Nov. 1 - April 14) - Free

Day Use:

  • Corps Boat Ramps - $3/day
  • Corps Swimming Beach - $1/person or $4/car (children 12 and under are free)
  • Annual Day Use Pass - $30/year


  • Shelters - $25/day
  • Special Event Permits - $50/day


Contact Tuttle Creek

Tuttle Creek Project Office
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
5020 Tuttle Creek Blvd
Manhattan, KS 66502

Phone:  785-539-8511

Email: Tuttle.Creek@usace.army.mil