Outdoor Fun

Jayhawk Marina

The Jayhawk Marina is an upscale facility that offers more than 230 slips and 50 personal watercraft hydroports. Whether you are staying for the day or the weekend, the marina’s store offers all the bait, fishing and camping supplies you’ll need. A heated dock provides year-round access to the lake’s fishing. All licenses and permits are sold onsite.

KC Watersports

Kansas City’s premier watersports destination for wakeboarding, wakesurfing and waterskiing is located near Hillsdale Lake. KC Watersports  offers open riding times, summer day camps and private lessons for beginners , or if you’re a little more practiced, challenging rails, ramps and sliders. Come climb or jump around at the aqua park with its inflatable obstacles. Observers can lounge on the beach and just relax. You don’t need equipment – you can rent or buy here. A perfect place for summertime family or group outings. Special “dive-in” movie nights provide a cool break during the summer.

S&S Stables

S&S Stables, a family-run business, breeds and rides Missouri Foxtrotter horses known for their smooth ride and surefootedness. Choose a one- or two-hour guided ride through the wooded trails surrounding Hillsdale Lake. Camping and boarding are also available. Ideal for the beginner or expert-level horse enthusiast.

Golf Courses

Sycamore Ridge Golf Club in Spring Hill was rated the top public golf course in Kansas City six years running by Golf Digest and has been acclaimed by Zagat and Golf Magazine. People travel across the Midwest to play its 18 holes of superb bentgrass. The newly upgraded greens feature elevated, wooded hills and creeks, followed by gentle rolling hills.

The Osawatomie Golf Course will work your entire game – the front nine rewards good approaches and the back nine a good short game. Also available is a bar and grill, practice facilities with 10 hitting stations, a golf shop and lessons.

Metcalf Ridge Golf Club offers 6,412 yards of beautiful golf. The course offers a membership and a junior golf program.

The public is also welcome to play the nine holes managed by the private Paola Country Club. The clubhouse features a full-service restaurant and bar.


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 of every possible terrain in Miami County. The Flint Hills Nature Trail State Park is the seventh longest trail in the United States and the longest in Kansas. It runs for 117 miles across the northeast part of the state along an 1880s railroad route. With a trailhead in Osawatomie, it crosses five counties and dozens of towns. The trail runs along the Marais des Cygnes River where you can enjoy views of rushing water, bluffs, farmland and woodland. It follows the general route of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail and is a component of the coast-to-coast American Discovery Trail.
Hillsdale Lake offers several trails for cyclists, 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 horsemen.
In Paola, visit the 10-mile trail that winds through Wallace Park and Lake Miola. This family friendly, non-motorized trail system is designed for walkers, runners and bicyclists.
At Louisburg’s Lewis-Young, the more rugged trail system winds within a wooded area offering glances of wildlife. Louisburg City Lake is surrounded by a paved, one-mile walkway connecting nearby neighborhoods.
Users of Miami County trails can find their way using an online tool to keep them on track. By logging onto http://bit.ly/micotrails and turning on your smartphones location services, the user can follow along the trail path in real time.