Kaw Lake’s 1,000-foot dam and spillway rise 121 feet above the riverbed, creating a 38-mile-long lake with more than 170 miles of shoreline. It’s a recreation paradise with boating, skiing, hunting and fishing, picnicking and camping.
Kaw Lake and the Arkansas River have long been known for blue cats as well as bass, crappie, walleye, stripers and even a spoonbill or two. The lake has several man-made fish-attraction areas, bait shops, restaurants and stores throughout the area. There are seven public use areas, two swim beaches and 13 boat ramps located around the lake for visitors to enjoy. Campers can select from 268 family campsites, many of which are equipped with water and electric hookups. Groups of all types enjoy two group camping areas at Osage Cove and Sarge Creek.
Reserved use of camping areas is recommended from May through September. You can make reservations by contacting www.recreation.gov or 877-444-6777.