Clinton Lake (Kansas)

large artificial lake located in Douglas County Kansas

Clinton Lake is a reservoir on the southwestern part of Lawrence, Kansas. The lake was created by Clinton Dam being built. The 35 square miles (91 km²) of land and water is maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Clinton Lake
Clinton Lake
LocationDouglas County, Kansas
Coordinates38°55′15″N 95°19′47″W / 38.92083°N 95.32972°W / 38.92083; -95.32972
Primary inflowsWakarusa River, Rock Creek, Deer Creek
Primary outflowsWakarusa River
Catchment area367 sq mi (950 km2)
Basin countriesUnited States
Managing agencyU.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Max. length9,550 ft (2,910 m)
Max. width940 ft (290 m)
Surface area7,000 acres (28 km2)
Average depth7 ft (2.1 m)
Max. depth55 ft (17 m)
Water volume110,400 acre⋅ft (0.1362 km3)
Shore length185 miles (137 km)
Surface elevation875.5 ft (266.9 m)
SettlementsLawrence, Kansas
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.
USACE area map



Clinton Lake is formed mostly by the Wakarusa River coming east from Shawnee County. The Wakarusa River goes through the Clinton Dam. It stays south of Lawrence, and it continues east to the Kansas River near Eudora. Main tributaries include Deer Creek, Rock Creek, Washington Creek, Dry Creek, Coon Creek and Camp Creek.

Cities along or near Clinton Lake include Clinton, Stull and Lawrence.

Natural history


The woods around the lake have many white tail deer, quail, wild turkey, doves, rabbits, and squirrels. Bald eagles, great blue heron, gulls, cormorants, and various types of birds that travel. This includes American white pelicans and Canada geese. They can be seen above and around the lake at different times of the year. Clinton Lake also has many fish.



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