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OVERLOOK PARK, KS

part ofClinton Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Photo: OVERLOOK PARK
Status: Closed through Tue Mar 31 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

This day-use picnic area, located just north of Clinton Lake in the hills of Kansas, is the perfect spot for a party or family gathering.

Natural Features:

Congress authorized Clinton Lake in 1962, and the finished reservoir was filled in 1980. While the Dam and Reservoir were originally built for flood control, the area has now become a recreational oasis for millions of visitors to enjoy the beautiful green Kansas backdrop.

Clinton Lake's beautiful setting of steep bluffs, wooded shoreline and clear water is unequaled among Kansas lakes. Shoreline development has been limited in an effort to preserve as much of the natural setting as possible.

Clinton spans 8 miles up the Wakarusa Valley and covers 7,000 surface acres. If the lake ever approaches the top of its flood pool, an additional 5,800 acres will be covered, extending the area to 13 miles along the valley floor.

Recreation:

A horseshoe pit, sand volleyball court, softball field and playground are all provided at Overlook Park.

Clinton Lake offers opportunities for boating, fishing, canoeing, jet skiing, swimming and countless other water sports, making it the main attraction to area.

The lake's fish and wildlife resources provide sightseers, fishermen, and hunters ample opportunities for their sports, and Clinton Lake is well-stocked with crappie, walleye, channel catfish and white bass.

Wildlife viewing is also a popular activity, with bald eagles, white-tailed deer, Canada geese, wild turkey and other wildlife in abundance at Clinton Lake.

Three trail systems are located around Clinton Lake, including the North Shore, South Shore and the George Latham Trails. All offer hiking, biking and equestrian opportunities within a 20 minute drive.

Facilities:

Overlook Park has two picnic shelters available for up to 100 guests. Flush toilets and drinking water are available for visitors' convenience.

Nearby Attractions:

The Visitor Center, located on the northwest side of the dam, just down the road from Overlook Park, has several informative displays covering topics such as the history of the area, reasons for the dam and the wildlife in the area.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • Softball Fields
  • Trails
  • Volleyball
Know Before You Go
  • Day-use only
  • No firewood from outside Douglas or Shawnee counties in Kansas permitted. Please help us prevent the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer insect. For more information contact the Clinton Lake Project Office at (785) 843-7665.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
38.94133, -95.34035
38°56'29"N, 95°20'25"W

From Lawrence, Kansas, take Clinton Parkway/23rd Street west to the end of the road. Make a right turn followed by the first left turn. Continue approximately one-fourth mile to park.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

OVERLOOK PARK
800 N. 1402 Rd.
LAWRENCE  KS  66049

Phone Number:

Information:  (785)843-7665
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