Lakes and Recreation
Lake Shawnee is located immediately adjacent to the city limits. This 400-acre lake is a picturesque setting for sailing, boating, camping, swimming, fishing and provides recreational facilities for amateur sporting activities.
If you enjoy water sports, hunting and camping, you’ll love the Topeka/Shawnee County area. Just 15 miles to the northeast is Lake Perry covering more than 11,000 acres with two marinas, a yacht club, and many camping areas. This beautiful tree lined lake is a local favorite.
Twenty miles east of Topeka is Lake Clinton. Clinton is a major fishing lake with many of the same amenities as Lake Perry, including boating, swimming and skiing.
Lake Pomona is just 35 miles south of Topeka. This 4,000-acre lake offers the same wide variety of activities, including project areas for hunting in season.
Milford Lake provides some of the best fishing in Kansas. Several state records have come from the lake. Largemouth, smallmouth, striped and white bass, along with channel catfish, walleye and crappie are favorites with the anglers. Milford Lake is 65 miles west of Topeka.
Another major lake, Melvern Lake is thirty-nine miles southwest of Topeka with more than 6,900 acres of water surface. Melvern has all the usual amenities and boasts of six park areas for recreation.
Tuttle Creek Lake, approximately 60 miles west of Topeka, is Kansas’ largest lake covering more than 13,350 acres with 104 miles of shoreline. Tuttle Creek lies in the Flint Hills Region and offers a unique combination of woodland and grassland for recreational activities.