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Kanopolis Lake

 

Lands around the lake are managed by the Corps of Engineers to preserve their natural value. Land management practices such as prairie restoration, prescribed burning and tree planting help conserve soil and benefit wildlife.

Kanopolis Lake is one unit in a system of lakes in the Smoky Hill and Kansas River Basins. Kanopolis operates in tandem with upstream Cedar Bluff Reservoir, a Bureau of Reclamation project, to regulate flows in the Smoky Hill River Basin.

A portion of the lake storage is used to provide water to Post Rock Rural Water District, which in turn, supplies many Kansas farms and communities.

Kanopolis Lake History

Construction of the Kanopolis Lake Tower
Soldiers from Fort Harker visit Mushroom Rock - Alexander Gardner 1867
Family with their pet Elk on their Ranch near Clear Creek (Now part of the Kanopolis Lake Project) – Alexander Gardner 1867
City of Ellsworth - Alexander Gardner 1867
Soldiers from Fort Harker visit the Devils Bake Oven on Alum Creek - Alexander Gardner 1867
Cattle Drive Crossing the Smoky Hill River east of the City of Ellsworth - Alexander Gardner 1867
Wagon Train Crossing the Smoky Hill River -Alexander Gardner 1867
Smoky Hill River - Alexander Gardner 1867
One of the first working Ranches in the area, located along Alum Creek (now part of the Kanopolis Lake Project) - Alexander Gardner 1867

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