Information about Milford Lake

Milford Lake has 15,700 surface acres of water and 163 miles of shoreline, making it the largest in Kansas.


Milford Lake was authorized by Congress in 1954 and constructed by the Corps of Engineers in the early 1960s. As a multipurpose project, the lake provides for flood control, navigation, water quality, water supply, recreation, plus fish and wildlife benefits. Since Milford Lake began operations in 1967, it has prevented over $921 million in flood damages. Total cost of initial construction was just under $50 million.

Working closely with the Kansas Water Office, the Corps of Engineers regulates water releases from the lake. Downstream water quality, water supply for municipal and industrial purposes, and navigation along the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers are some of the many uses of Milford Lake waters.

On average over 1/2 million visitor’s come to Milford Lake each year for their recreational needs. Eleven parks offer camping, picnicking, swimming, boat ramps, and fishing access points. Approximately 23,000 acres are managed for wildlife and hunting opportunities.
Non Emergency Numbers
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ----------(785) 238-5714

Kansas Dept. of Wildlife & Parks

Conservation Officer:

Geary Co.-------------------------------(785) 762-5203
Clay & Dickinson Co.----------------(785) 461-5883
Milford State Park---------------------------(785) 238-3014
OUTDOOR ALERT-----------------------1-800-228-4263

Milford Lake Information------------------(785) 238-INFO (4636)

Information is recorded by the Corps of Engineers on a daily basis from Monday through Friday at 7 A.M year round.