Kansas isn’t necessarily known for it’s wildly interesting waterfalls, but there are a few that exist. Bourbon Lake Falls is one of the taller waterfalls in Kansas that I could find, and Rock Creek Lake Falls (sometimes just referred to as Rock Creek Falls) is not terribly far away (about 17 miles apart). Neither of them are particularly busy at any point in time.
I found Rock Creek Lake Falls to be the most interesting of the four waterfalls I visited in Kansas. One of the waterfalls seemed wildly man-made, but I still counted it. The other two falls at least seemed more realistic, while this one seemed the most authentic. I could be terribly wrong, but I found it to be the most enjoyable to visit. (Bourbon Lake Falls was a close second.)
I visited in mid-April before the trees had leaves, and when comparing it to other photos, it definitely has a different feel to it then. April might be one of the better times to view it due to water flow, but then again, in the photo with green leaves, there’s way more water…
- From Fort Scott (and US-69), figure out how to head west on W 18th Street, which then changes names to just 18th Street, then to Kansas Road, and then to 195th Street.
- When it’s 195th Street, it veers to the left, heading south. Continue on this road for a short distance.
- As you’re approaching Rock Creek Lake, you’ll pass Justice Lane on your left, and then shortly after that, you’ll see a road on your right that hugs the north edge of Rock Creek Lake, turn on this road and head to the end. There’s parking there, and then it’s a short hike to the falls.
Accessibility: 9/10 (easy)
Length of Hike: 0.3 miles round-trip
Rock Creek Lake Falls in April 2014
Where in the World is Rock Creek Lake Falls?
Kansas is another one of those states that you don’t expect to find many waterfalls. And there aren’t a whole lot of extremely exciting waterfalls here. Of the four waterfalls I visited in April 2014, I would say Bourbon Lake Falls was probably the most interesting.
At 30′ tall, it’s a relatively nice waterfall, and it had some water flowing over it, enough to make the visit worthwhile. From what I understand, there’s only a few months of the year (April to June) where it will be a worthwhile visit. It dries up later in the year as the lake level lowers. I have seen pictures of the falls in higher flow times. The other waterfalls I visited didn’t have a large amount of water flowing either, so I’m guessing it was just a low water year.
- There are numerous ways to arrive at the falls, so I’ll describe one way that’s not particularly difficult. From US-59 south of Moran, turn at the junction of US-59 and KS-203, which at different points in time will be called First Street, Delaware Road, and Indian Road. If you’re headed south on US-59, it would be a left turn.
- Continue on First/Delaware/Indian and then turn left on 20th Street after a few miles. (You’ll be extremely close to Bourbon Lake.)
- Drive to the end of 20th Street and turn right on Ivory Road. It’s a gravel road, but you’ll be traveling a short distance just past a little area where you can tell cars have parked before (just past the small bridge over the spillway-related creek).
- Park your car and follow the trail to the falls. (You’ll be following the stream/creek upstream toward the falls.)
Accessibility: 9/10 (easy)
Length of Hike: 0.1 miles round-trip
Bourbon Lake Falls in April 2014
Where in the World is Bourbon Lake Falls?