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Clinton Lake

Clinton Lake located on the southwestern edge of Lawrence, Kansas was created when the dam was constructed. It provides all of 35 square miles of water surface. The north side of the lake near to the Clinton State Park is a high public use area. It is used by bird watchers, hikers, bicyclers, and outdoor water sports enthusiasts.

Clinton is popular with anglers. A mixture of mudflats, sharp drop-offs, deep river channels, and protected coves provide an abundance of fish habitat. Native under water vegetation makes for a great fish habitat. There is white and black crappie, bluegill, largemouth and smallmouth bass, white bass, striped bass, northern pike, walleye, channel cat, flathead catfish, and bullhead - all thriving in the lake.

There are two sandy swimming beaches at Clinton Lake. The Bloomington East swimming beach is a large, sandy beach and is open May through September, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The swimming area is marked with a yellow, floating buoy line that surrounds the area. Boats are prohibited from entering the area by buoys and signs.

The large paved parking lot accommodates tourist vehicles. Close by is the change house with restrooms and showers. Additionally two small showers are located close to the swimming area affording quick use. Four picnic shelters, with volleyball courts and playgrounds provide recreational facilities. The minimum day use fee allows tourists to use the beach.

The Clinton State Park beach is located in the State Park on the northeast side of the lake. This beach is located in a small cove and protected from boat traffic by buoys. Here too you have a change house/restroom and the parking lot. The beach is free to use, but users must purchase a vehicle permit in order to enter the State Park.