|Abilene, Kansas - Lovely
Park Waterfall was created by a mill dam on Turkey Creek, a couple
of miles south of Abilene, Kansas. It is located in Brown Memorial Park
on land originally donated by Cleyson L. Brown, who founded the company
which evolved into the Sprint Corporation.
|Altoona, Kansas - One of our more recent discoveries,
Mill Falls, is on the Verdigris River, south of Kansas Highway
47. Very little of the flour mill, which was built in the early 1870s,
remain. To reach this falls, go to the west end of 7th street and walk
west across the field, about 200 feet. You will hear the waterfall as soon
as you get out of your car.
|Beloit, Kansas - Beloit
Falls on the Solomon River is just above Highway 14 near
downtown Beloit. The falls is on the edge of Chautauqua Park, a
nice little municipal park wedged in a horseshoe formed by the Solomon
|Blue Rapids, Kansas - Alcove
Spring and Waterfall are located near Independence
Crossing, a famous ford where pioneer wagons following the Oregon Trail
forded the Big Blue River.
The spring is productive all year around, but it also
is fed by a small seasonal waterfall from snow and other runoff.
|Buffalo, Kansas - When Wilson State Fishing Lake
is full, Woodruff Branch Falls
is one of the most impressive waterfalls in Kansas. The waterfall is
part of the outlet from the lake that forms the beginning of the Woodruff
Branch of Buffalo Creek. Much of the year, there is little or no falls
at this site, but was quite spectacular when we visited it in March 2021.
|Caldwell, Kansas - Drury
Dam Waterfall is an overflow falls formed by the 1883 Chikaskia
River dam. Drury is an unincorporated community 6 miles east of Caldwell.
|Cedar Vale, Kansas - Ozro Falls: This shallow
waterfall on the Caney River was almost lost in the high water when this
photo was taken, but is is actually a 3' drop. The road makes a low water
crossing just above the falls.
Ozro Falls is about 5 miles southeast of Cedar Vale. Don't
approach the falls by way of Eagle Road and the Ozro Falls Cemetery, the
road becomes impassible just past the cemetery. Instead, take Road 6 south
from Frontier Road. Road 6 also deteriorates until it becomes a muddy two
rut through a wheat field. I drove all the way to the waterfall on my first
visit, but recommend walking across the wheat field. It could be a long
walk if you get stuck.
|Chanute, Kansas - Santa
Fe Park Falls & Bridge are located next to each other in 350
Acre Santa Fe Park in Chanute, Kansas. The park also has a lake,
campground, sports fields & courts, picnic tables, an antique steam
locomotive and a dog park. The falls is a lovely seasonal waterfall which
only has water when the lake water level is high. The falls has about a
20' drop in a rapids and short drops along about 100' leading toward Austin
|Chetopa, Kansas - Cherry
Creek Falls is a low water crossing a few miles southeast of Oswego,
Kansas on Clem Road.
|Cottonwood Falls, Kansas - Chase
Lake Falls: The three waterfalls along the
Chase State Fishing Lake spillway are among the most beautiful in Kansas.
They have a total vertical drop of about 40' in perhaps 100' along the
creek. The middle falls (shown here at right) is the most impressive and
can be seen from below if you cross to the middle of the spillway, just
above the lowest falls.
Some people refer to Chase Lake Falls as Prather Creek
|Cottonwood Falls, Kansas - Cottonwood
River Dam Waterfall: The falls and bridge at the north side of
Cottonwood Falls is a nice place for a short break or picnic.
The first dam at this site was constructed of cottonwood
logs in 1860. It provided water power for a saw and grist mill. In 1906
the dam was expanded and used to generate electricity. The present dam
is constructed from cut limestone which was later covered with concrete.
|Dexter, Kansas - Cowley
Lake Waterfall: The dramatic 25' Waterfall at Cowley State Fishing
Lake is less than 1/4 mile off US Highway 166.
|Dunlap, Kansas - Lake
Kahola Waterfall: One of the most beautiful
waterfalls in Kansas was created by the damming of Lake Kahola, southwest
of Dunlap. Lake Kahola Waterfall is formed by the spillway, just north
of the dam and east of the bridge & lake. The signs in the area leading
to the dam are confusing, but it is worth the effort to find. The falls
were handsome when this photo was taken in March and are much more impressive
following Spring rains.
The Lake Kahola spillway is a popular place for geology
students, since it is easy to see several layers of limestone. The falls
itself is formed by the "middle" limestone within the Eskridge Shale and
blocks of Cottonwood Limestone rest on top of the Lake Kahola falls.
|Edgerton, Kansas - Santa
Fe Lake Falls is located only about 40 feet south of Sunflower
Road near the Edgerton city limits. The manmade waterfall is quite attractive
in the spring or following heavy rain.
|Elk Falls, Kansas - Elk Falls:
The Falls this community is named after is at the edge of town, just upriver
from the 1893 Iron Truss Bridge.
The community of Elk Falls has only 200 people and bills
itself as the World's Largest Living Ghost Town
|El Dorado, Kansas - Walnut River Falls
is in Riverside Park on the east side of El Dorado. During low water period,
water flows over just a tiny portion of the old dam, but there is much
more water water a heavy rain. A pedestrian bridge crosses the Walnut River
just above the dam and connects the park to a 5 mile hike and bike trail.
|Elsmore, Kansas - Bourbon
Lake Falls: This waterfall in the spillway at Bourbon State
Fishing Lake is usually active from April through June. After heavy
rain, it is nothing short of spectacular. The 30' falls was visible through
the trees from the gravel road a quarter mile away.
While there is a path that 4x4s can use to pull up near
the falls, it cannot be used by cars. If you park on the road, it is only
about a hundred yards to the falls. The best time to visit is April until
|Emporia, Kansas - Soden's
Dam Falls: The Cottonwood River falling over the old Soden's mill
dam is almost perfectly framed by the 1923 Marsh Arch Bridge.
The adjacent Soden's Grove Park leads to the small David
|Erie, Kansas - The Erie
Mill Dam Falls south of Erie was constructed in the early 1870w.
The dam is just below the Old 59 Neosho River Bridge, portions of
which may date to the same period.
|Eudora, Kansas - Captain Creek Falls is
located south of Eudora on Captain Creek
near the the Johnson County and Douglas County lines. The Creek crosses
under East 2400 Road (AKA County Line Road) just north of North 700 Road.
The falls is downstream (east) about 300 yards. Be sure to wear shoes that
you don't mind getting wet.
|Eureka, Kansas - During high water, the waterfall
at Eureka Lake, north of Eureka, is one of the most impressive in the state.
So far, I have only been able to visit the falls when there was just a
trickle of water.
Eureka Lake Falls
is a few hundred feet down Bachelor Creek, which is fed by the the spillway
from 259 acre Eureka City Lake.
|Eureka, Kansas - Fall
River Falls is just north of US Highway 54 on the west side of
Eureka. This photo was taken in September when the water going over the
falls was about a low as it gets. During high water in the spring, the
drop can largely disappear.
|Fort Scott, Kansas - Rock
Creek Lake Waterfall is actually a series
of three waterfalls created by the outflow from Rock Creek Lake, 3 miles
west of Fort Scott. This is one of the few such waterfalls that has water
flow almost year around.
|Fredonia, Kansas - Otto's Mill
Falls: This lovely old linseed oil mill and dam is on the Fall River.
Take Mill Dam Road (1000 Road) west to the Fall River. The last part of
the road leading to the mill is rocky and rough and I recommend parking
and walking the last hundred yards.
Otto's Mill was originally built in 1891, burned in 1898,
and was rebuilt in 1900.
|Halstead, Kansas - The Little Arkansas River passes
through Riverside Park in Halstead,
with a falls and a swinging suspension bridge. The park appears in the
1955 movie, Picnic, staring William Holden, Rosalind Russell and Kim Novak.
|Hoyt, Kansas - Rocky
Ford Waterfall on Soldier Creek is on the land of the Prairie Band
Potawatomi Nation. The small waterfall is in a nice peaceful location,
but didn't photograph very well - in part because of a large dead tree
which covered one end of the falls when these photos were taken in the
fall of 2010.
|Junction City, Kansas: Geary
Lake Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Kansas. It
is formed by the outlet from Geary State Fishing Lake and is only active
in the spring or after a heavy rain.
Getting down below the falls for a better view isn't easy
walking, but it is worth the effort.
|Lawrence, Kansas - Bowersock
Dam Waterfall: Bowersock Dam near downtown Lawrence can form a
pretty spectacular man made waterfall during high water.
Bowersock Dam Waterfall also keeps this section of the
Kansas River open throughout the winter and during cold weather, particularly
in January and February. This stretch of open water attracts eagles searching
for easy prey. At times you may be able to get with 100 feet of bald eagles.
The best time to see bald eagles is when most other area ponds, rivers
and lakes are iced over.
|Lawrence, Kansas - Wakarusa River Falls
is in the spillway leading from Clinton Lake on the east side of Lawrence.
he spillway has water year around, but the amount of water being released
varies greatly. It was quite attractive the day that this photo was taken
and there were many people playing or fishing nearby. You can approach
the falls from the north or south, just off of East 902 Road.
|Lincoln, Kansas - We found out about this
River Waterfall from a photograph on the wall of the Hungry Hunter
restaurant in Lincoln.
We learned that it is located just south of town. It is
visible from Highway 14 from the bridge over the Saline River.
|Longton, Kansas - Flint Road Falls is a
lovely natural falls located on Hitchen Creek just north of Flint Road
(County 366 Road), 2.6 miles west of Longton Cemetery. This photo was taken
from the bridge over Hitchen Creek.
|Longton, Kansas - Longton Dam Falls is
located on the south side of Longton on the Elk River. To visit the falls,
drive to the water plant at the south end of Delaware Street and walk south
to the river. The two rut leading to the water is very muddy in wet weather.
It is hard to get down to the river edge.
|Manhattan, Kansas - Deep
Creek Waterfall: One of the best kept secrets in Kansas is the
Deep Creek Waterfall at Pillsbury Crossing Wildlife Area. This beautiful
60 feet long, 5 feet high waterfall should get a lot more year around attention.
There is no place nicer than sitting on a rock near the base of Deep Creek
Waterfall on a sunny Spring day.
Pillsbury Crossing is a low water river crossing where
vehicles following Pillsbury Crossing Lane drive a 100' stretch through
a few inches of running water. The Falls are just a few dozen feet down
river from the crossing.
|Manhattan, Kansas - Rocky
Ford Waterfall is created by an overflow dam on the Blue River
about 3/4 of a mile below the Tuttle Creek Dam. Tuttle Creek Reservoir
is the second largest impoundment in Kansas with 12,500 acres of water
and approximately 100 miles of wooded shoreline.
|Marion County, Kansas - Elm
Springs feeds a small creek which has a 30' waterfall in
far northwest Marion County, Kansas. The spot is overgrown and heavily
shaded. The most interesting thing was the many snakes in the pool of water
at the base of the falls. Local legend is that cowboys would use the falls
to take a shower.
|Marion, Kansas - Central
Park Spring is a natural spring which has been used since the first
three families arrived in 1860. The flood on 1951 diverted the nearby creek
and the spring fell into disrepair for many years but was restored in 2001.
|Marquette, Kansas - Kanopolis
Lake Waterfall is located in the spillway from Kanopolis Lake.
The dam impounds the Smoky Hill River and was completed in 1948 as a flood
control and water conservation project of the United States Army Corps
|Merriam, Kansas - Turkey
Creek Waterfall: Waterfall Park in Merriam,
Kansas was created in just the last three years and work is still being
done to Waterfall Park and the adjacent Turkey Creek Streamway Park with
a 3.5 mile bicycle trail.
It is a lovely spot, despite being wedged in between I-35,
railroad tracks, and an industrial area.
|Minneapolis, Kansas - Markley Dam Waterfall:
Solomon River in Minneapolis was dammed for the Jackman Roller Mills in
the 1800s. Markley Dam can be seen to the west from the K-106 (Mill Street)
|Moline, Kansas - Wildcat
Creek Waterfalls: The oldest hanging pedestrian bridge in Kansas
is located in Moline These two short waterfalls are just upstream from
the 1904 suspension bridge.
|Neosho Falls, Kansas - Neosho
Falls Waterfall is quite attractive and a popular spot for fishing
during low water. Neosho Falls Waterfall is adjacent to Riverside Park
which has a playground and camping with showers & utility hook ups.
The surrounding community is sometimes listed as a ghost town and there
are many interesting overgrown abandoned buildings.
|Olathe, Kansas - Cedar
Creek Falls is formed by an overflow dam on
Cedar Creek in southwest Olathe, just above Lake Olathe. There is a flow
of water year around, but Cedar Creek Falls is most impressive in the spring
or after a heavy rain. Lake Olathe is a 170 acre lake surrounded by a 208
acre community park dedicated in 1959.
|Olathe, Kansas - Cedar
Lake Falls is located in the spillway just
below the Cedar Lake dam in Olathe.
Cedar Lake is a 75 acre lake surrounded by a 54 acre
community park which was originally dedicated in 1920.
|Osawatomie, Kansas - The 1930 Creamery Bridge
is a Maple Arch bridge which has a rainbow span 140 feet above the Marais
des Cygnes River at its highest point. Osawatomie
Dam Falls is just 60 yards away.
|Oswego, Kansas - Riverside
Park in Oswego, Kansas is a 90 acre park along a bluff which overlooks
the Neosho River Falls over an overflow dam. The historic Neosho
Crossing for "the old Indian trail" between Missouri and the Osage buffalo
hunting grounds in central Oklahoma crossed the river above the present
dam and falls.
|Parsons, Kansas - Neosho
Lake Falls at Neosho State Fishing Lake is a difficult falls to
see and even harder to photograph. It is along the first 50 years of the
spillway from Neosho State Fishing Lake, with a major waterfall in the
south fork and a smaller falls in a separate fork from the like a few yards
north that is in the next 2 photo.
|Riverton, Kansas - The Empire
Power Dam Falls is the most impressive water feature that I have
found in Kansas to date. The power, the sound, the experience of standing
on the Highway 107 bridge and seeing the waterfall over the dam extend
for a quarter mile combine to create a special experience.
|Salina, Kansas - Indian
Rock Park in Salina, Kansas has two sets of waterfalls on
the Smoky Hill River. This stretch of the river and the falls are easy
to miss, as the river passes between 30' tall cliffs. The Upper Smoky Hill
River Falls is about a 4' drop, but the lower falls is semi horseshoe shaped
and a more impressive drop.
|Sedan, Kansas - Butcher
Falls on the 8,000 acre the Red Buffalo
Ranch is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Kansas. The rock lined
river basin is the perfect setting for this waterfall.
|Sedan, Kansas - Hollow Waterfall:
The little waterfall at The Hollow Park is right off the main street in
Sedan. The attractive small park includes a boardwalk that goes up the
creek and culminates at the waterfall.
|Toronto, Kansas - Cave Falls
is an attractive small falls just east of Woodson County State Fishing
Lake and about 6 miles east of Toronto. We would never have found the fall,
but high water had closed Fegan Road at the lake's outlet and we were driving
an alternate route. The cave was clearly visible from the road and when
we stopped to photograph the cave, we discovered the falls feeding the
pool which fills the floor of the cave. The falls is about 60 feet from
the road on Cave Creek.
|Toronto, Kansas - Woodson
Falls is a small waterfall below the spillway of 180 acre Woodson
County State Fishing Lake. The spillway is a cement face at the east end
of dam Water flows down the face then flows rock lined riverbed circling
below the dam and toward the south until flowing into Sandy Creek about
a mile away.
The waterfall is just 100' below the cement face and goes
through and around some fairly large rocks. It is followed by rapids as
far downstream as we could see.
|Waterville, Kansas - There are two waterfalls
in the spillway that leads from Lake Idlewild to the nearby Little Blue
There are no trails to Idlewild
Falls and you will need to follow the sound of the falling water
about 70 feet through fairly heavy brush (including some poison ivy) and
possibly some standing pools of water. Be sure to dress accordingly.
The two waterfalls are only about 60 feet apart and each
have a drop of 10-12 feet.
|Wichita, Kansas - When
the 1970 Lincoln Street Dam and
Bridge across the Big Arkansas River near downtown Wichita were
reconstructed, the layout was changed so that the dam was no longer beneath
the bridge and the new attractive dam included an attractive fish ladder
and kayak run.
|Winfield, Kansas - The Tunnel
Mill Dam in Winfield creates an attractive overflow waterfall
with a steady flow over the falls and a little rapids about 50 yards below