Fall River Lake
Guide

Introduction

Surrounded by tree-dotted valleys sheltered by limestone-capped ridges, and rolling prairie, Fall River Lake presents a lovely scenery that makes it inviting to RV campers that have various pursuits. Located just northwest of Fall River in Kansas, the scenic beauty of this park and the flourishing flora and native wildlife make it a nature lover’s paradise.
Fun and recreation opportunities at this Army Corps of Engineers park for individual campers and families include swimming, waterskiing, picnicking, sightseeing, and boating. Scenic hiking and biking trails take park explorers through intriguing parts of the park that reveal subtle features hidden in various areas. Campers who fancy hunting game can also take advantage of the public hunting areas in this park. Additional recreational opportunities are open to adventurers at Fall River State Park and Elk City State Park.
Three RV campgrounds are available at Fall River Lake, with options for reservations and first-come, first-served basis applications. Full and partial hookups are available at the park’s campsites, as well as flush toilets, showers, dump station, drinking water, and playground.

RV Rentals in Fall River Lake

Transportation

Driving

Located just northwest of Fall River in Kansas, Fall River Lake can be accessed by a number of Kansas Highways, such as Highways 17, 20, 393 and 16. Other major and minor roads lead to the park and grant easy accessibility for RVs, trailers and other motorized vehicles. RV rentals are available southeast of this COE park at Elk City State Park.

Parking

Parking areas are available for campers and visitors to park their rigs and cars at Fall River Lake. The campgrounds also have parking pads. Moreover, overnight parking is available.

Public Transportation

There are no direct public transportation services to Fall River Lake.

Campgrounds and parking in Fall River Lake

Campsites in Fall River Lake

Reservations camping

Whitehall Bay

Whitehall Bay COE campground in Fall River features 30 pet-friendly campsites that offer group and equipment camping opportunities. Four campsites in this campground are group camps, while the remaining 26 are RV/tent campsites. The campground is open between April and September and is available by reservations.

Located on the shore of the lake, this campground offers swimming, boating, picnicking, waterskiing, and sightseeing opportunities. Amenities available include flush toilets, showers, drinking water, and a dump station. A beach, playground, and boat ramp are available.

29 campsites are equipped with electric hookups, 15 with water hookups, and 11 with sewer hookups for RVs/trailers. RV length limit is 96 feet.

Damsite Park

Damsite Park is a COE campground at Fall River Lake with 33 pet-friendly campsites (1 group camp and 32 standard campsites). The campsites are available by reservation and are only available between March and October.

Of the 32 standard campsites in the park, 29 are equipped with electric hookups, 18 with sewer hookups, while all campsites have water hookups for RVs and trailers. RV length limit is 107 feet.

Vacationers at this campground can engage in outdoor recreational activities like boating, swimming, sightseeing, waterskiing, and picnicking. You’ll be able to make use of vault and flush toilets, showers, drinking water, dump station, and a playground.

First-come first-served

Rock Ridge Cove North

Rock Ridge Cove North Campground features 44 pet-friendly campsites that are available for RVs and tents between April and October. All the campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis only, as reservations are not accepted.

Boating and fishing are outdoor activities you can engage in at this campground. Besides, amenities such as showers, restrooms, and dump stations are available.

Electric hookups for RVs are available in the campground, and motorhomes up to 100 feet can be accommodated.

Seasonal activities in Fall River Lake

In-Season

Hiking/Biking

There are several scenic hiking and biking trails available around Fall River Lake’s shore for use by campers and visitors at this lake park. One notable trail is the Badger Creek Trail which has a trailhead on the eastern side of the lake along Badger Creek Road. This 4.1-mile trail is a hiking and biking trail that winds under tree canopies of old-growth Post Oak, Blackjack and Savannah vegetation. At intervals, users of this trail will find large rock formations. In terms of difficulty, the hiking and biking experience is moderate.

Fishing

Fishing is a popular and productive activity for campers and visitors at Fall River Lake. The period this lake park is most commonly visited by anglers is spring, because that’s when there’s the highest level of fish activity in the lake. Fish species available within the park’s waters include largemouth bass, crappie, white bass, flathead catfish and channel catfish. You may choose to fish from the lakeshore or from your boat. Fish cleaning stations are available outside the park.

Flora and Fauna

Fall River Lake is home to resplendent flora and fauna. With more than 400 bird species found within this Army COE park area, Fall River Lake is a premier destination for bird lovers and watchers. These birds consist of both migratory waterfowl and other species that only visit the park in summer, as well as those that live in the area year-round. Wildflowers flourish in the park in the spring and fall, beautifying its corridors and offering magnificent sights for campers.

Off-Season

Boating

RV campers and visitors who visit Fall River Lake will be able to explore the park’s waters and enjoy recreational boating on the lake. Boat ramp facilities are available around two of the campgrounds – Whitehall Bay and Rock Ridge Cove North, so if you camp in any of these areas, you’ll be able to easily access the lake and boat. If you wish to boat on the lake, you are required to always operate your boat in a controlled and safe manner.

Hunting

Most of the land areas and water of Fall River Lake are open to public hunting, except for developed campgrounds, picnic areas, refuge areas, and some other designated points. Spots that are open to public hunting are designated with signposts and labels within the park so that campers can be guided accordingly. Game species jointly managed by the US Corps of Engineers and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism in this park include mourning dove, bobwhite quail, cottontail rabbit, and squirrel. White-tailed deer and greater prairie chicken are also included on that list.

Picnicking

Picnicking and swimming are two favorite pastimes of campers and visitors at Fall River Lake, particularly in summer. The swimming beach at Whitehall Bay Campground is on the northeastern side of the lake and provides the opportunity for vacationers to take a dip and feel refreshed. At another campground, Damsite park, a picnic area is available for interested visitors to sit and enjoy meals with friends and family. The rolling prairie and tree-dotted valleys will provide the perfect backdrop for your outdoor meal.