Perry Lake (Kansas)

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Perry Lake
Perry Lake Kansas Dam.jpg
Aerial view of the Perry Lake dam.
LocationJefferson County, Kansas
Coordinates39°10′03″N 95°27′07″W / 39.1676°N 95.4520°W / 39.1676; -95.4520Coordinates: 39°10′03″N 95°27′07″W / 39.1676°N 95.4520°W / 39.1676; -95.4520
Typereservoir
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface area11,000 acres (4,500 ha)
Surface elevation891.5 ft (271.7 m)
 
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"Perry Lake" redirects here. For the lake in Nova Scotia, see Perry Lake (Nova Scotia).
For township in Minnesota, see Perry Lake Township, Minnesota.
Perry Lake
Perry Lake Kansas Dam.jpg
Aerial view of the Perry Lake dam.
LocationJefferson County, Kansas
Coordinates39°10′03″N 95°27′07″W / 39.1676°N 95.4520°W / 39.1676; -95.4520Coordinates: 39°10′03″N 95°27′07″W / 39.1676°N 95.4520°W / 39.1676; -95.4520
Typereservoir
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface area11,000 acres (4,500 ha)
Surface elevation891.5 ft (271.7 m)
Sailboats and other watercraft in the Perry Lake marina.

Perry Lake is a US Army Corps of Engineers operated reservoir in northeast Kansas. Its primary purposes are flood control, water reserve for nearby areas and regional recreation. The lake is approximately 11,150 acres (45 km²) in size, with over 160 miles of shoreline.[1] Perry Lake's full multi-purpose pool elevation is 891.5 feet above sea level. Perry Lake is located about 40 miles west of Kansas City, just northwest of Lawrence, Kansas. Its close proximity to Kansas City, Lawrence, and the state capitol, Topeka, make it a very popular destination, with the nickname "Paradise on the Plains".[2]

History[edit]

The dam was constructed on the Delaware River to help control flooding downstream in both the Delaware and Kansas rivers.[1] Completed in 1966,[2] the rolled earth fill dam is 7,750 feet long and rises to 95 feet in height above the stream bed, abating flooding for over 1,117 square miles of northeast Kansas.[1] In 1968 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reached a long term land usage lease with the Kansas Parks and Resources Department, allowing for the development of Perry State Park.[3]

Activities[edit]

Perry State Park, located along the southwest part of Perry Lake, offers a wide variety of water recreation and outdoor activities:

Map of Jefferson County, Kansas showing Perry Lake's location.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Welcome to Perry Lake". U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Kansas City District website. 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Slough Creek, KS". Recreation.gov. 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Perry State Park". Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism website. 2012. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Perry Lake named among top bass fishing lakes in the country". JeffCounty News website. 16 May 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 

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