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Rocky Ford State Fishing Area
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Land Acquisition: Rocky Ford Fishing Area was donated to the Department of Wildlife and Parks through Wildtrust from Kansas Power and Light, a division of Western Resources in 1967. Before the settlers came, Native Americans used this site as a river crossing. The flat rock bottom made the crossing safe under normal conditions. The ford was used by pioneers for many years and a grist(flour) mill was operated that served the community. The mill was converted to a power dam, built by Rocky Ford Power Company in the early 1900s. The hollow dam was also used by employees to get to and from work, from company-owned housing on the west side of the Big Blue River to the power plant on the east bank. In 1988, a retaining wall with a walkway was constructed below the dam, improving angler habitat and access below the dam.

Area Description: This area is a combination fishing and recreational area. Primary fish species include Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish, Walleye and White Bass.

Since this area is directly downstream from the Tuttle Creek Reservoir, high outflows and flooding may occur. Be aware of rising water and vacate the area if sirens sound, signaling a change in outflows.

During the winter, this is a good area to view Bald Eagles and migrating waterfowl.
Located in Kansas, this area offers fishing opportunities for rainbow trout and channel catfish. It's a popular spot among anglers.

The site is equipped with two boat ramps and several docks to facilitate easy access to the water.

Fishing enthusiasts can also try their luck at catching largemouth bass or bluegill from these waters.

Fly-fishermen will appreciate the chance of hooking into some sizable brown trout here as well.

Remember that catch-and-release practices are encouraged for all species caught within this location.

1. Rocky Ford State Fishing Area offers scenic picnic spots near the water.
2. Picnic tables and grills are available for use.
3. Enjoy a meal while watching local wildlife in their natural habitat.
4. There's plenty of open space for outdoor games or relaxing after lunch.
5. It is an ideal location to enjoy a peaceful, nature-filled picnic experience.

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Rocky Ford Fishing is located 1.5 miles north of Manhattan on Highway 24, east 1.5 miles on Barnes Road, then west 1 mile on Rocky Ford Road to the fishing area.

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