Often times, something wonderful comes from unexpected places. This is true about Lake Lenexa in Black Hoof Park located in Kansas. We discovered this city lake on a map when looking for places to kayak close to home and were not disappointed.
The park is 60 acres with an interesting dam and spillway. There are also several miles of trails which consist of experiences through open grass and woodeds. The lake is small but enough, measuring 35 acres.
Steve and I took our kayaks out fishing in the lake and were able to get into some of the inlets in the middle of dead trees to fish. It is ‘smooth water lake’ with glassy water and effortless gliding from place to place. Away from highways and heavily traffic roads, it was calm and quiet…a great getaway. The lake was teeming with fish (as the number of those fishing could attest) along with dragonflies, geese, turtles, frogs, and the like.)
Boating and fishing
Boating: We allow non-gas-powered boating at Lake Lenexa. Your boat must be class 1 (26 feet in length) or smaller. The public boat ramp is located next to the Stone Wall Shelter. Hours are:
- November through February: 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- March, April, September and October: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- May through August: 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Fishing: Lake Lenexa is stocked with channel catfish, black crappie, bluegill, sunfish and largemouth bass. You must have a state fishing license if you are between 16 and 74 years old. Hours coincide with park hours: 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Park hours: 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Parking: Parking lots on the west side of park, off of Monticello Road.
- Playgrounds: Five playground areas, geared toward ages 2 to 12.
- Play stream
- Shelters (two)
- Fire pit