Contact Tuttle Creek

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

Phone:  785-539-8511


Visitor Center Hours: 

Open Monday- Friday 8am-4:30pm. 

***America The Beautiful Passes available***  Cash, credit card or check.  Must bring ID. Available passes include, America the Beautiful Annual, Access, Senior Lifetime, Senior Annual, Veteran and Uniformed Military.



Tuttle Lake News Releases

Tuttle Creek Lake temporarily closes stilling basin due to construction projects
Officials will temporarily close the stilling basin at Tuttle Creek Lake in Manhattan, Kansas, due to two construction projects at the lake. The stilling basin is set to temporarily close on May 28,...

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Water Injection Dredging coming to Tuttle Creek. For more information click on the following links.
MANHATTAN, Kan. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Tuttle Creek Lake, will be closing the stilling basin or “tubes” area starting May 28th, 2024, until late summer or early fall. The entire area (except for shelter 4) will be closed to all public use, this includes sections of River Pond Road, the fishing area at the tubes, shelter 3 and playground and blue river trail. See the attached map. The area is being closed so work can be done on two projects. The shoreline of the river is being armored with riprap and a gate liner for two of the discharge gates is being replaced. Up-dates will be provided on the projects as they are available. Thank you for your patience.
Work continues at Tuttle Creek Dam placing rip rap on the dam's face during winter 2023 near Manhattan, Kansas.
They look harmless, but believe us, invasive species are not. Do you know what plants and animals can cause harm to you, your boat or the environment? Educate yourself by learning the top Heartland invaders and how you can help eradicate them. Learn more:
This USACE Hunting Maps App is an innovation that pulls USACE public hunting maps together in one place and organizes them by state. They are interactive and provide rules and regulations, boundaries, what game is available in each location and identify restricted areas. The App is meant to be a one stop shop for all hunting information resources in the form of an interac
America the Beautiful passes can still be purchased online at or you may visit a local USACE Lake office to purchase a pass. ID are required.
Obey all navigation rules established in your state. Pay attention to and follow all regulatory buoys and be aware of lake conditions.
Drowning is the nation’s second leading cause of accidental death. Many people overestimate their swimming ability and swim beyond their limits.
Moving Firewood Transports TreeKilling Insects & Diseases. Remember to acquire your firewood locally near the campground or use certified pest free firewood.
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.
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.
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.


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 Hours of Operation

Visitor Center:

8:00 a.m. to 4:30 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

Observation Point 

9:00 am to 10:00 pm

 Rules and Regulations


  • Utility Campsites - $24/night
  • Off-season Camping (Nov. 1 - April 14) - Free

Day Use: 

  • No Day Use Fees 


  • Shelters - $30/day
  • Special Event Permits - $75/day


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