Outdoor Fun

Jayhawk Marina
Here, you’ll find boat rentals, boat storage, fuel, fishing and even a convenience store — right on Hillsdale Lake.  This upscale, clean facility offers 175 slips and 45 personal watercraft hydroports, plus all the bait, fishing supplies and camping supplies you need.  The full-service convenience store has food, snacks, drinks, beer, pizza and sandwiches.

KC Watersports
Kansas City’s complete watersports destination for wakeboarding, wakesurfing and waterskiing.  Located just north of Paola, KC Watersports offers day camps and lessons for beginners — or challenging rails, ramps and sliders for experts.  The Snack Shack serves food and drinks all day long, while observers can lounge on the beach and relax.

S&S Stables
This family-run business breeds and rides Missouri Foxtrotter horses known for their smooth ride and surefootedness on trails.  Choose a one- or two-hour guided ride through the wooded trails surrounding Hillsdale Lake.  Camping and boarding are also available.  It’s ideal for the beginner or expert-level horse enthusiast.
Golf Courses
Sycamore Ridge Golf Course in Spring Hill was rated the top public golf course in Kansas City for six years running by Golf Digest.  The 18 holes of challenging play include a links-style front nine, followed by the steep, wooded hillsides of the back nine.  Osawatomie Golf Course offers two very different nine-hole courses — plus a bar and grill, practice facilities with 10 hitting stations, a golf shop and private or group lessons.  Metcalf Ridge Golf Club was designed by Leon Andrews in 1981.  Paola Country Club is a private facility, but guests are welcome to play the nine holes managed by the club.

Miami County is an excellent trip for the sports enthusiast.  Only 30 miles south of downtown Kansas City, Hillsdale Lake has 12,000 acres of park for camping, fishing, boating, hunting and hiking — including 4,500 acres of water, 51 miles of shoreline and 7,000 acres open for hunting.  The one million annual visitors enjoy fishing for walleye, catfish, crappie and largemouth bass. Hunting options include squirrel, rabbit, whitetail deer and bobwhite quail. Sportsmen also enjoy the Hillsdale Range and Training Facility with trap and skeet fields. 

The Miami State Fishing Lake is 101 acres of water surrounded by 150 acres of timbered hillsides, perfect for fishing largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish and channel catfish — with a ramp and boat access.  The 281-acre Middle Creek Fishing Lake has plenty of crappie, saugeye, white bass and flathead catfish.  The northern end of the La Cygne Reservoir begins in Miami County.  This state-managed facility has more moderate water temperatures during the winter seasons due to the electric generation facility at the lake.

Seven other community lakes provide water recreation throughout the county. Osawatomie features Beaver Lake and Osawatomie Lake. Paola’s Lake Miola offers trails, camping, fishing, boating, skiing and swimming in its 725-acre park. Louisburg Lake and Lewis-Young Park offer fishing, trails and recreational areas.  Fishing in Spring Hill takes place at the City Lake and Melvin Murry Park.

Whether you prefer a horse, a bicycle, or your own two feet, you’ll find a wealth of trails on every possible terrain here.  The Flint Hills Nature Trail is the seventh longest in the United States and runs for 117 miles across northeast Kansas, linking six counties and dozens of towns between Osawatomie and Herington.  It takes visitors on a trek through one of the last remaining tall-grass prairie ecosystems in the world.  It’s home to wild turkeys, quail, prairie chickens and bobcats.  

Hillsdale Lake offers several trails for bikers, hikers and horse enthusiasts — including the 1.5-mile Hidden Spring Nature Trail, the 5-mile ADA Hike/Bike Trail, and the 49-mile Saddle Ridge multi-use trail, which welcomes bikes, walkers and horse riders alike.

In Paola, stop by Wallace Park and Lake Miola to access their trail system. Lewis-Young Park features a wooded trail system, while Louisburg’s City Lake offers a paved path.