Marion County Park and Lake
|Marion County Park and Lake|
|Location||Marion County, Kansas|
|Primary outflows||Cottonwood River|
|Basin countries||United States|
|Managing agency||Marion County|
|Surface area||300 acres (1.2 km2)|
|Surface elevation||1,339 feet (408 m)|
Marion County Park and Lake is a lake, 1.5 miles (2.4 km) south-east of Marion, on the western edge of the Flint Hills region of Kansas. This smaller lake is often confused with the similar named yet larger Marion Reservoir. Most locals refer to the smaller one using the term 'Lake' and the larger one using the term 'Reservoir'.
Marion County Lake is located in Centre Township of Marion County, Kansas, United States. There are three entrances into the lake area. The north entry is 1 mile east of Marion on K-256 / 190th Street / Main Street, then 1.75 miles south on Upland Road. The east entry is 3/4 mile west of U.S. Route 77 on 170th Street. The west entry is rural un-paved county roads of 170th Street or Turkey Creek Road.
For millennia, the land now known as Kansas was inhabited by Native Americans. In 1803, most of modern Kansas was secured by the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase. In 1854, the Kansas Territory was organized, then in 1861 Kansas became the 34th U.S. state. In 1855, Marion County was founded.
In 1937, Marion County Lake was completed by the Civilian Conservation Corps for the purpose of recreation.
In 2002, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).
In 2012, an event was held at the park to set the Guinness World Record for the "most people roasting marshmallows at once". The official count was 1,272 people.
- Electricity is provided by Flint Hills RECA.
- Trash is provied by City of Florence.
- National Register of Historic Places
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