Fontana Area

A true taste of rural Kansas life can be found while visiting Miami County’s smallest city, Fontana, with a population of about 220. The residents enjoy their quiet lifestyle and community charm.


Fontana is home to three parks.  The Miami State Fishing Lake is a 101-acre lake that is an ideal destination for hunting, fishing and birding. It still retains much of the original tallgrass prairie.  The lake area is populated with white-tailed deer, and birders can spot loggerhead shrikes, grebes, great blue herons and even the occasional pileated woodpecker.  Primitive camping, restrooms and courtesy docks are available.

The Fontana Fire Station Park is a city park by the fire station that features an original, historic pump well.  The newer Fontana City Park is equipped with a shelter house, picnic tables and plenty of play area for kids.  Come relax and enjoy the outdoors with a picnic in the quiet town of Fontana.

Built in 1874, the New Lancaster General Store is a local landmark rich in history. At one time, it was the meeting place of the Kansas Anti-Horse Thief Association.  The store was once a post office, creamery, telephone office and community gathering place — as well as a place for farmers to sell produce and eggs.  Now on the National Register of Historic Places, it’s owned by Stephen and Kristin Graue of Middle Creek Winery. The store has a wine tasting room and art gallery along with a retail area featuring work from local crafters. Directly across the street from the general store is a large open area for families looking for a picnic spot.
Isinglass Estate is another nearby vineyard and tasting room. Featuring nearly 600 acres of vines, forests, trails, lakes and fields, Isinglass offers visitors beautiful views and a place to relax in paradise. More than 20 acres of vines offer a scenic walk around the property. The production area includes 12 stainless steel tanks combining for almost 6,000 gallons of wine with carefully controlled temperatures, pressures and chemical balances to finish them. Some wines are placed into oak barrels for their final maturation. 

At Christmastime, people drive from miles around to choose and cut their very own Christmas tree at Fontana Pines Christmas Tree Farm.  It is great holiday bonding for the whole family with a wide selection of 5-foot to 10-foot Scotch pines, Austrian pines and Fraser firs — along with handmade wreaths and garlands.  Come pick the perfect tree starting with the weekends from Nov. 25 through Dec. 17 or Wednesdays, Dec. 6 and 13.

Fontana offers a unique opportunity to see how communities in Kansas looked and felt a century ago.  Many of the original homes from settler days still stand with several more than 100 years old.  The small downtown still retains the beautiful architecture and character of the 1800s.
The original Fontana Bank and Fontana Jail still stand today, giving you a feel for the magnificent buildings of yesteryear.  The renovated Fontana City Hall is a throwback to an earlier time.  In fact, the original single classroom at City Hall was still actively used well into the 1980s.

Come enjoy the fun at the annual Fontana Community Picnic, sponsored by the Fontana Church of Christ, city of Fontana and Heavenly Hotdogs.  This is a great social event for the entire community. There is family fun for all ages.  Come enjoy the live music, games, inflatable waterslide, food and drinks.  (June)
On the first Saturday of Fire Prevention Month, the Fontana Fire Station hosts an Open House.  Come tour the fire station and enjoy lunch with local fire and rescue crews.  Explore the fire and rescue vehicles, including rescue boats, life flight helicopter, fire trucks and ambulances.  Also, enjoy a live demonstration of the “Jaws of Life” cutting open a wrecked vehicle.  Come enjoy a fun day of learning about the rescue operations of the fire department.  (October) 
During November, the United Methodist Church cooks homemade apple dumplings and chicken noodles for members and visitors alike.  (November)