Tuttle Creek Lake – Manhattan, Kansas
There are 33,574 acres of land and water at Tuttle Creek Lake. Nestled in the Flint Hills of Kansas, Tuttle Creek Lake is located in the largest remaining expanse of tallgrass prairie on the continent.
Do you enjoy fishing, hiking, boating, swimming, and camping? Then this is a wonderful location for you to visit.
Concessionaire-run Wildcat Marina is located in a protected cove in Spillway State Park, 1 ½ miles north of the dam on the east side of Tuttle Creek Lake. The marina has 45 slips, fuel sales, fishing and boating supplies, a snack bar, and pontoon boat and personal watercraft rentals. Contact the marina at (785) 776-3113 for hours of operation and rental rates.
The dam that makes the lake possible consists of a rolled earth and rockfill embankment with a gated, concrete chute spillway near the east abutment, and an outlet works with intake tower and gated twin conduits 20 feet in diameter near the west abutment.
Tuttle Creek Lake boasts miles of hiking, bicycling, off-road vehicle and equestrian trails, many established and maintained through dedicated volunteer organizations.
The Blue River Trail in Outlet Park is the most popular trail. This interpretive one-mile loop is located on the east side of the Blue River near shelter #3. Excellent views of wildlife can be had in all seasons.
Five miles of hiking/biking/equestrian trails have been established and well marked throughout Carnahan Creek Park. Scenic vistas from atop the knob in the center of the park reward those who venture here. Wildlife viewing is good in Carnahan Creek Cove year-round. Access to the trails is best at the old well house by the campground north of the knob.
Spillway State Park provides park users with a new award-winning ADA accessible trail. Scenic views and interesting landscapes make up this half-mile trail. The Cedar Ridge Trail earned the Coalition for Recreational Trails National ADA Trail Award for 2001.
Randolph State Park boasts fourteen miles of biking/hiking/equestrian trails, well marked and affording a rich variety of terrain and vegetation types. These trails cross Kansas Highway 16 and include both the north and south units of the park.
Fancy Creek State Park offers eight miles of hiking and advanced mountain biking trails. Winding through dense cedar forest and open native grassland, this trail runs along rocky ridges with scenic overlooks along the way.
River Pond Area offers a 1/4 mile easy access self-guided nature trail with ten stops. There is an observation deck that affords views of many species of wildlife.
A motor vehicle entry permit is required in all state parks.
Contact: Tuttle Creek Project Office
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
5020 Tuttle Creek Blvd
Manhattan, Ks. 66502