Elm Creek Lake

Elm Creek Lake

Elm Creek Lake (also known as "Bourbon County Lake") is located about seven miles west and five miles south of Fort Scott, Kansas, and provides 106 surface acres of water, surrounded by public land. Elm Creek Lake, and a number of historic shelter houses, was built in the 1930s by the WPA from native stone. Elm Creek Lake is located adjacent to Hollister Wildlife Area.

Tent camping is allowed in any mown area anywhere around the lake, except near shelter houses. There are electrical hookups, and potable water is available at the caretakers house, at the northwest corner of the lake. There are outhouses located near the shelter houses, but no shower facilities are available.

The cost for tent camping is $3 per night (without electricity, or $10 with electricity), payable to the lake caretaker, who lives on-site.

Contact: 620-224-8722 or 620-223-3800.

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Location: Fort Scott, KS

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Photos From Elm Creek Lake (3)

Elm Creek Lake - Entrance Sign - The entrance sign at Elm Creek Lake provides information about facilities at the lake, as well as the rules and regulations governing the property. Elm Creek Lake - Lake View - This is a view of Elm Creek Lake from the road across the dam. There is limited shade around the lake, but ample grassy areas for tent camping. Elm Creek Lake - Shelter House - This is a photo of one of the historic shelter houses at Elm Creek Lake, built by the WPA (Works Progress Administration) from native stone in the 1930s. Camping is not permitted near the shelter houses, which are available for rent.

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Last Update: June 26th, 2016