Bald eagles, white-tailed deer, Canada geese, wild turkey, pheasant, quail, crappie, walleye, channel catfish and other wildlife can be found at Kanopolis Lake. The lake's fish and wildlife resources provide sightseers, fisherman, and hunters ample opportunities to pursue their sports.
Four parks have been developed for public recreation. Two are managed by the Corps of Engineers and two state parks are managed by Kansas Wildlife and Parks. Recreation facilities include hiking trails, an atv riding area, boat ramps, courtesy docks, campgrounds, picnic areas and playgrounds. The marina concessionaire provides a full line of marina services.