Kanopolis Lake, with a normal pool surface of about 3,000 acres, attracts thousands of campers, hunters, fishermen, and water sports enthusiasts each year.
Four developed parks meet the needs of the visiting public by providing lake access, parking areas, drinking water, swimming beaches, boat ramps, and camping and picnicking facilities.
Two of these areas, Langley Point and Horsethief, are managed by Kansas Department of Wildlife and parks. A marina concession at Langley Point offers boat slip rental, gas and oil, a general store, and a snack bar.
Riverside and Venango Parks are managed by the Corps of Engineers. Riverside Park, located at the north end of the dam, provides a full range of developed recreational facilities including campgrounds, picnic shelters, a swimming beach, and motorcycle trail.
In addition, the Corps maintains the Yankee Run and Boldt Bluff, access areas located along the west side of the lake for fishing, primitive camping, and day-use activities.
A unique recreational and educational experience is in store for those who travel the Legacy Trail, an auto tour highlighting historically significant sites in the lake area. Trail maps are available at the Information Center.