Species available in the Marion County Lake include walleye, saugeye, crappie, white bass, largemouth bass, spotted bass (state record), wipers, sunfish, bluegill, channel and flathead catfish, drum. A 24-hour heated fishing dock operates year-round just east of the dam, providing inside and outside fishing. Boat ramps and a public dock are available. Non-county residents are limited to operating boats at speeds that do not exceed 5 miles an hour. Scuba diving is allowed in certain areas.

Boating Permits

All Marion County and non-county resident vessels used for fishing will not be required to have a county boat permit if used for fishing purposes only, and will be limited to operate at a speed of not to cause a wash or wake (5 m.p.h. or less). All vessels used for pleasure or non-fishing purposes will be required to have appropriate Marion County boat permits as described.


We have a nice little swimming area.  A half circle of orange line, attached to white and/or orange buoys designate the beach area, northeast of the office. 

Swimming hours are from sunrise to sunset.
No glass containers allowed on or in beach area.
No fishing in beach area.
No beer or alcoholic beverages allowed on or in beach area.


Fishing is permitted 24 hours per day. Each person fishing on the lake is limited to two rods or two poles of any type with not more than two hooks on each pole or rod.  Unless you have a three pole permit. Anglers may not leave rods or poles unattended.

Anglers may wade the shoreline or use a tub float while fishing. Trotlines, set lines, float, bank or limb lines are not allowed. 

The dumping of minnows or any kind of bait in the water or in the park is prohibited.  The bringing of, or having in your possession, live or dead shad minnows is prohibited.  Commercially prepared shad is allowed. The office has bait for sale.

The use of casting nets, seines, traps or equipment of any kind used for catching fish, minnow, or bait of any kind is prohibited.  However, l/4 inch mesh or greater landing nets are allowed.

Creel Limit:  The maximum number of a species of fish or frog that can be taken per person in a calendar day.

            (5)  Channel Catfish, not less than 15 inches long.
            (5)  Flathead Catfish, no length limit here.
            (5)  Black Bass (Largemouth, or Spotted, single species or in combination), not less than 18 inches long.
            (5)  Walleye or Saugeye (single species or in combination), not less than 18 inches long.
            (2)  Wipers (White Bass/Striped Bass Hybrid), not less than 18 inches long.
            (50) Crappie, no length limit here.

Creel, length limits and all other regulations and laws governing the taking of fish and bullfrogs are set by Kansas Wildlife and Parks.

Bow Fishing

The use of bow and arrow is legal for the taking of rough fish and White Armour only.  Persons shooting fish must remove all dead fish from the lake property.  Persons using a bow and arrow shall comply with Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks laws relating to bow fishing.

Water Skiing

Water skiing, speed boating and personal watercraft are permitted on the lake on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week from sunrise until sunset.  On Friday and Saturday, speed boating, water skiing and operating personal watercraft is permitted from 12:00 noon until 6:00 pm.  Sunday, water skiing, speed boating and personal watercraft is permitted from 10.00 a.m. until sunset.

On Sunday only, all vessels used for skiing must have an observer beside the operator of the vessel.  All vessels shall  travel in a counter clockwise direction on the water on skiing, speed boating and personal watercraft days.

Water skiers must wear a life preserver, ski belt, wet or dry suit.  If ski belts or wet or dry suits are worn, there must be, in the vessel, a U.S. Coast Guard approved life preserver for that person.

Skiing, speed boating and operating personal watercraft are allowed only, within the area marked by white and orange buoys.  Vessels going beyond the white and orange buoys for purpose of docking and fishing may do so by reducing the speed of the vessel  to not cause a wash or wake (5 m.p.h. or less).

Swimming, towing any person, object or skiing device in the water next to the vessel or boat dock which is located behind any buoy that designates slow wake area is prohibited.

Members of skiing and personal watercraft groups may swim in the water next to their vessels or boat docks during skiing hours only, provided that their vessel and boat dock is in the skiing area of the lake and provided that all persons in the water are wearing life preservers, ski belts or wet or dry suits.

No skiing or swimming is allowed from the public boat dock.  Vessels leaving and approaching the dock shall do so by reducing the speed of the vessel to not cause a wash or wake (5 m.p.h. or less) from the vessel causing damage or unnecessary damage or inconvenience to the occupants of the area or other vessels.

No boats shall be parked in or tied to the public boat dock for more than three (3) days of any week.  Persons with camping and boat permits can stay up to fourteen (14) days. The first two slots are designated for loading and unloading only (Sign Posted).

A red light near the public dock will notify drivers that ski and speed boat time is up.  Vessels wishing to remain on the lake after time is up shall reduce speed to not cause a wash or wake (5 m.p.h. or less).

No parking is allowed on skiing and speed boating days on the road to the public dock and boat ramps, except in places marked by signs as parking areas.

The county permit of any vessel may be revoked if the vessel is operated in a hazardous or careless manner.  Such permit may be reinstated upon a hearing before the Lake Board Advisory Committee.

Row boats, canoes, sailboats, sailboards, tube fishing floats, and paddle boats may be barred from the skiing area on speed boating days if superintendent deems it necessary for public safety.

Sail Boating

Sailboats and sailboards shall be inspected by the superintendent of the Marion County Park and Lake before a permit shall be issued.

Occupants of sailboats must have a U.S. Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device on board while sailing.  Children 12 years of age and younger must wear a personal flotation device.  Any person operating a sailboard must wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device or a wet or dry suit while in or on the water.

Sailboats and sailboards shall have U.S. Coast Guard approved running lights, and after sunset turned on at all times.

Scuba Diving

Marion County Lake is open to scuba diving and spear fishing in accordance with Kansas state laws and regulations, with the additional following county restrictions:

Scuba divers must show proof that they have passed a scuba diver's test by an accredited scuba diving organization or instructor.

Scuba divers shall be accompanied by another diver.

Scuba diving is permitted from sunrise to sunset in any non-speed boating area.  Generally, scuba diving is allowed in coves or behind any of the white and/or orange buoys, any day of the week.  Scuba diving anywhere in the lake shall be permitted only during hours when there is no speed boating.