US Army Corps of Engineers
Kansas City District

Welcome to Melvern Lake

Moving Firewood Transports TreeKilling Insects & Diseases. Remember to acquire your firewood locally near the campground or use certified pest free firewood.
Attention boaters! Check out the new Self-Reported On-Water Boat Operator survey at The survey concludes with an option to participate in the On-Water component of the project!
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers protects and manages the land and water at Melvern 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 and many diverse recreational opportunities.
Melvern Lake supplements the flows on the Marias des Cygnes River. With its extensive watershed, Melvern Lake can greatly assist in water quality and quantity for downstream municipal and industrial water supplies as well as those that draw directly from the lake.
Melvern Lake’s plays a part in the flood control on the Marias des Cygnes River, Osage River, Missouri River, and the Mississippi River. Flood waters can be impounded until conditions downstream allow for their gradual, safe release. Communities downstream benefit from this flood control protection; to date Melvern Lake has saved more than $220 million in flood damage.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism work together to create and manage the natural resources at Melvern Lake. Wetlands, native grasslands, waterfowl refuges, agricultural fields, upland areas, and timber stands are all available at Melvern Lake.

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Contact Melvern Lake

Melvern Lake Project Office
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
31051 Melvern Lake Parkway
Melvern, Kansas 66510

Tel: 785-549-3318
Fax: 785-549-3611


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Melvern Lake News Releases

Celebrate safely this Independence Day weekend
KANSAS CITY, Mo. —The ‘dog days of summer’ are upon us and millions of Americans will find refuge from the heat at pools, ponds, lakes, rivers and streams across our nation during the Independence Day...
Corps to close Outlet Park at Melvern Lake
Melvern, Kan. —  Melvern Lake elevations have continued to rise this spring due to wet conditions across the Kansas and Missouri River basins.  Currently the Melvern Lake flood pool is 78 percent...
Army Corps to hold public meeting on high water levels at Melvern Lake and Pomona Lake
Due to above average water levels being held in Melvern Lake and Pomona Lake, the Kansas City District and lake project personnel will hold a public meeting at Lyndon High School auditorium from 6...
High water levels expected in Kansas and Missouri throughout the holiday weekend
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues to monitor reservoirs and rivers in Kansas and Missouri. Due to widespread heavy rainfall, water elevations across...
Army Corps of Engineers promotes water safety this summer season
Summer is almost here and that means millions of Americans will be planning visits to our nation’s lakes and rivers. As the steward of many of these public waters, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers...




Fishing Fun!
High-water Fishing
Horse Ride
Local youth prepare to enjoy the great outdoors.
Outlet Park Nature Trail
Outlet Park Day-Use Shelter
Outlet Park Pavilion
Melvern Lake Project
Horse-back trails offer unique recreational opportunites
Boy Scouts
Boating on Melvern Lake
Melvern Lake Outlet Park
Melvern Lake
Melvern Lake Arrow Rock Campground
Melvern Lake - Control Tower
Melvern Lake's Outlet Park Pavilion
Melvern Lake Sunset



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