Chase State Fishing Lake, Cottonwood Falls

4.4
#18 of 30 in Nature in Kansas
Water Body · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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  • We visited June 2022. This was our second visit (previous was mother's day 2021). Camping is first come first served with no reservations, and its free! It was very popular when we arrived and got....  more
    We visited June 2022. This was our second visit (previous was mother's day 2021). Camping is first come first served with no reservations, and its free! It was very popular when we arrived and got....  more »
  • Nestled in the Flint Hills of Chase county. Camping and fishing and hiking. Lake isn't completely encircled by a road, so mobility limited people will only see half of the lovely views. 
    Nestled in the Flint Hills of Chase county. Camping and fishing and hiking. Lake isn't completely encircled by a road, so mobility limited people will only see half of the lovely views.  more »
  • Prather was my great grandfather I want my sisters and myself to see this. I can't believe I found this we are trying to put the story together that we have heard through the years and this is... 
    Prather was my great grandfather I want my sisters and myself to see this. I can't believe I found this we are trying to put the story together that we have heard through the years and this is...  more »
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  • Great little Kansas escape. Short hike to a decent sized tiered waterfall. It had just rained the morning of our 1st visit which added to flow of the falls.. Very peaceful spot to hang out and reflect.
  • So I'm of the opinion that KS state fishing lakes are the ultimate for car campers/boondockers like myself. Chase was kind of underwhelming for me. You only get ground access on one side and the fishing was meh. Not a bad spot by any means but this is in the B tier of state fishing lakes. You'll see in the photo they were doing a controlled burn, doesn't affect my star level, they were quick and effective.
  • Tent camped here on a bike trip. Lots of nice spots along the lakeshore with picnic tables and fire rings. Some others around making noise or taking advantage of the free land but that’s typical. Felt pretty safe the whole night
  • If you’re wanting to hike, drive about 0.3 miles up the rock road and park along the tree line where the reservoir starts. Go under the car blockade and walk along the path that crosses the reservoir edge. It’s well marked and very safe for kids of any age to walk by themselves. You could either turn right to go down to a beach area or go left to walk down to a small waterfall area. If you go to the falls, try to time if after a storm so it’s more than a trickle. Even if you don’t, though, there will be some small water areas that make it the perfect place to hunt for turtles, small snakes, and crayfish! It’s not too steep or hard, so it’s a good hike for any age. Great place to take the kids for a day outside! There’s fishing, hiking, a small waterfall that’s easily accessible, small beach areas for skipping rocks and finding shells, and endless wildlife to find. We’ve found turtles, crayfish, snakes, and tons of cool butterflies, dragonflies, and dandelions as big as our hands.
  • Really beautiful, plus it's free with no reservations required. Do be aware that there are limited facilities and no dumpsters.

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