Woodson Falls - Toronto, Kansas
Woodson Falls is a small waterfall below the spillway of 180 acre Woodson County State Fishing Lake and about 6 miles east of Toronto, Kansas. 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. There may be more falls farther along the way.
After visiting Woodson Falls, you will want to see Cave Falls, about 2/3 mile north on the east side of Woodson Lake. Normally you will continue there on Fegan Road, but when we were there in March 2021, the lake was so high that it was impassible. In fact the road looked like a boat ramp.
There are no signs to help you find either waterfall.
Woodson State Fishing Lake and Wildlife Area is managed by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism. Both primitive and recreational vehicle camping are allowed at the 2,885 acre wildlife. There are no electrical hookups, but picnic tables and fire rings are available at 20 sites, and there are vault toilets, a dump station, and a potable water supply.
The long, narrow lake was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1933 and was originally called Lake Fegan.
copyright 2021 by Keith Stokes