US Army Corps of Engineers
Kansas City District

Welcome to Perry Lake

Releases are expected to start around 6 p.m. on Sunday evening, May 26, 2019, with a release of 1000 cubic feet per second. Releases will be stepped up to approximately 10,000 cfs by Monday morning.
To ensure dam safety, the Kansas City District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers may begin flood water release from Perry Lake in Kansas beginning Saturday, May 25, 2019 if forecasted heavy rains this weekend fill the reservoirs remaining storage capacity. If conditions force releases, Perry Lake will slowly begin ramping up water releases through the outlet works. Based on forecasted rains, it is expected releases could be in up to 20,000 cubic feet per second. If additional rain beyond forecast occurs, it could result in water passing through the spillway. The volume of any releases would be dependent on the inflows into the reservoir.
Attention boaters! Check out the new SOBOS mobile app providing info about normal, non-accident based recreational boaters designed to reduce recreational boating accidents. Learn more online at https://www.sobos.org/.
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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.
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.
The Perry Lake Corps of Engineers manage an agricultural leasing program that is beneficial to local farmers as well as area wildlife.

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There are currently NO active watches at Perry Lake

**updated August 31, 2018

 

 

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Camping

  • 50 Amp electric w/ water site- $20.00/day
  • 30 Amp electric w/ water site- $19.00/day
  • 30 Amp electric only site - $18.00/day
  • Non-electric site - $14.00/day

Day-Use

  • All Corps boat ramps - $5.00/day
  • Corps beach - $1.00/person, up to $4.00 maximum
    • children 12 and under are free
  • Annual Day-Use Permit - $40.00/year

Shelters

  • 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.

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

Perry Lake News Releases

Celebrate safely this Independence Day weekend
7/2/2019
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 of Engineers update on Kansas River Basin reservoir operations
6/2/2019
Conditions in the Kansas and Missouri River Basins continue to present challenges for releasing water from the four Kansas reservoirs which are holding high water levels behind their dams: Milford...
Corps of Engineers to release water from Perry Lake as flood pool reaches capacity
5/26/2019
To ensure dam safety, the Kansas City District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin flood water releases from Perry Lake in Kansas beginning Sunday, May 26, 2019 as runoff from rains this weekend...
Corps of Engineers prepares to release water from Perry Lake
5/24/2019
PERRY, Kan.—  To ensure dam safety, the Kansas City District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers may begin flood water release from Perry Lake in Kansas beginning Saturday, May 25, 2019 if forecasted heavy...
Public meeting to discuss high water levels at Perry Lake and Clinton Lake by Corps
5/23/2019
Due to above average water levels being held in Perry Lake and Clinton Lake, the Kansas City District and lake project personnel will hold a public meeting at Perry-Lecompton High School from 7 p.m....

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