Here's Some of The Best Lakes + Swimming Holes In Kansas

Summer 2018 has officially arrived!I feel like maybe in a past life I was truly a mermaid. My best memories as a kid are all involving water. Growing up in Kansas however, we always went to Oklahoma near Grand Lake. I don't have much experience in Kansas lakes. But, once I started googling (and instagramming!) I realized how many amazing lakes Kansas has to offer and maybe I've been missing out!!

Some of the clearest water in Kansas is at Wilson Lake which is about 2 hours from Wichita. I'd be willing to make it a day trip to head out there and lay out on a rock and drink a La Croix!

Check out that doesn't even look like something you'd see in Kansas!

This lake defies Kansas stereotypes with rolling hills, canyons, red rock outcrops and sandy beaches.

Another lake that caught my eye is Kanopolis Lake

According to 360 Wichita:

The oldest state park in Kansas, Kanopolis State Park is situated in the rolling hills, bluffs and woods of the Smoky Hills region of Kansas. Kanopolis Lake has two main campground areas, Langley Point Area and Horsethief Area, which include over 400 campsites, five group picnic shelters, six cabins, modern showers and restrooms, swim beaches, three boat ramps and a full service marina. There is also a 26 mile trail system that can be used for hiking, biking and riding horses. Kanopolis Lake is a high traffic lake as far as water sports go, but there’s also plenty of room for fishers as there is a designated fishing section located in a tranquil area of the lake.


You can even rent stand up paddle boards from Flatwater Fitness and Fun, located right on the lake! They rent these boards out for lessons, fitness classes or for fun on your own.

How cool!!

Lake Scott State Park in Scott City even has the closest thing to a beach we're going to see in Kansas!

Photo: Kansas Tourism 

If you feel like a quick drive Davis, Oklahoma is GORGEOUS!

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