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Construction
Due to safety and security measures, the east side of the park will be closed to the public until construction of Phase I is complete. Closures include the north entrances at W. 135th Street and S. Ward Cliff Drive and W. 135th Street and S. Beaver Shelter Lane. The south entrance at W. Dennis Avenue and S. Ward Cliff Drive will also be closed. During the closure, the east shoreline, disc golf course, and Beaver Shelter will be inaccessible and unavailable for use.

The west side of the park, including the boat ramp, is open to the public daily from 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. Boats must be off the water by 9 p.m. Lakeshore Drive will remain open through construction.

For construction updates, visit OlatheKS.org/LakeOlathe.

Location
The lake is located between Santa Fe Road and Dennis Avenue at Lakeshore Drive.

Beaver Shelter
Condition for use is first come, first served or reservations are available. View the Shelter Guide or call 913-971-8563. Reserve this shelter online

  • 19 tables with seating for 152
  • Two charcoal grills
  • Lights
  • Electricity
  • Portable restrooms

Two Park Shelters
Condition for use is first come, first served.
Each shelter provides:

  • Two tables with seating for 16
  • Two charcoal grills

Amenities

  • Lake Olathe Map
  • Playground
  • Fire ring
  • Two fishing docks
  • Fishing pier provides ADA accessibility
  • Boat ramp
  • Disc golf
History
From September 1953 until March of 1954, a severe drought condition in Olathe forced water to be brought to the City by rail or truck. Olathe’s primary source of water, the “Old” Olathe Lake, now called Cedar Lake, had become not more than a bed of silt. In September of 1953, Olathe put forth plans to build a new and larger water source for the city.

Plans included a 1,500 ft. dam on a lake with 170 surface acres and an average depth of 28.5 ft. and a maximum depth of 60 ft. Total cost of the dam, concrete, access roads and laying pipeline to the water treatment plant was set at $531,243 in October of 1953.  The City of Olathe approved a $590,000 bond issue to build the lake. The lake was formed by damming up Cedar Creek and its drainage basin with an area of approximately 16.9 square miles.
 
Today, Lake Olathe is a 170 acre lake surrounded by a 208 acre community park and was originally dedicated in 1959.

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