Lake Fort Scott, Kansas

Lake Fort Scott, Kansas

Lake Fort Scott, Kansas

Lake Fort Scott, located just a few miles southwest of Fort Scott, Kansas, provides for fishing, recreational boating, and camping.

Nestled in a lush, heavily wooded, and rural setting teeming with wildlife, the 352-acre Fort Scott Lake provides residential living and public boat-loading ramps for fishermen and water skiers.

It is approximately 360 acres and offers outstanding fishing and plenty of recreational boating space. The City of Fort Scott owns Lake Fort Scott, but the lake’s shoreline is developed for private residences. There are no city permits for fishing and boating while fishing. A city permit is required for recreational boating. A double-lane boat ramp, two floating docks, and toilets are on the northwest side. There are also several areas managed for shoreline fishing. The lake has a great reputation for large flathead and channel catfish, largemouth bass, and spotted bass. Recent tree/habitat placements will improve angler success for bass and crappie.

Lakeside campsite areas, shelter houses, and picnic areas are available to residents and visitors alike. The lake is the site of annual sailboat regattas for the Fort Scott Sailing Club and serves as a reservoir for city and rural water systems.

Lake Fort Scott was constructed in the early 1960s.

It is located two miles south and three miles west of Fort Scott.

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©Kathy Alexander/Legends of Kansas, updated April 2024.

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