Brown State Fishing Lake And Wildlife Area

Brown State Fishing Lake by Jim Mason, courtesy Natural Kansas.

Brown State Fishing Lake by Jim Mason, courtesy of Natural Kansas.

Brown State Fishing Lake and Wildlife Area is in northeastern Brown County, Kansas. It was formerly known as Brown County State Park.

This protected area includes the lake, which impounds 62 acres and up to 13 feet. It is characterized by a gradual sloping shoreline with an average depth of eight feet. There is a 188-acre wildlife area adjoining the lake.

The lake was constructed in 1953, and fish were stocked in 1956.

Channel cat are the most popular fish, but largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, Redear Sunfish, and Walleye can be caught. Brush piles have been placed in the lake for fish habitat. All but a few of these brush piles are accessible to shoreline anglers. Special creel limits and length limits are in place to ensure quality fishing.

Primitive camping is allowed around the lake. Fishing piers, fish feeders, a boat ramp and dock, picnic facilities, and restrooms are available on site. No fresh water is provided in this area.

Wildlife includes bobwhite quail, ring-necked pheasant, beaver, muskrat, white-tailed deer, bobcats, mink, skunks, and opossums. In spring and fall, waterfowl and shorebirds are common. Migrant songbirds are numerous.

The lake is located eight miles east of Hiawatha, Kansas.

©Kathy Alexander/Legends of Kansas, September 2022.

Also See:

Brown County, Kansas

Brown County Photo Gallery

Kansas Lakes & Rivers

Kansas State Parks


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