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Lexington Lake Park is Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s newest park. Previously known as Rieke Lake, this 465-acre inverted L-shaped property features a 27 acre lake, which was previously a private fishing lake originally constructed in the 1950s. This 465-acre property is located west of De Soto north of Kansas 10 Highway.

One of the park’s unique natural features is a virgin prairie officials believe has never been plowed on the lake’s west side. This area, which encompasses about nine acres, has been surveyed and 120 prairie species, including the federally-threatened Mead’s milkweed, were found at the site.

In addition to the native prairie, JCPRD has converted an additional 60 acres to tallgrass prairie and there are plans to expand this in the future.

While visitors will enter the park through a grassy area, more than 300 acres of the site are covered in oak and hickory forest towards the northern side of the property. This area slopes downwards toward the Kansas River, which is about a half mile northeast of the park.

Park Ammenities

  • Approximately 160 acres
  • Lake area approximately 27 acres
  • Renovated dam
  • Boat ramp and courtesy dock with parking
  • Restroom facility
  • Picnic shelter with grills and water fountain
  • Playground with small shelter
  • Parking for restroom and shelters
  • Paved multi-use trail around the lake approx. 1.6 miles (approx. 2.5 kilometers)
  • Mountain Bike / Hiking Trail (approx. 1.5 kilometers)

    Patrons can reserve shelters by walk-in or by phone. For additional details visit our Reservation and Rentals page. To inquire or to reserve a shelter, visit our Registration Office in Antioch Park or contact us Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at (913) 831-3359.
    Note: During your event, please have a copy of your reservation form available.

    JCPRD Park Police and Park Safety
    If safety issues arise, contact the JCPRD Park Police.  If you’re contacting the Park Police to resolve a conflict related to a shelter reservation, please be sure to have your copy of the reservation with you.

    Fishing Lakes
    Lexington Lake Park offers a beautiful 27 acre fishing lakes for your fishing and boating enjoyment (District and state licenses and permits required).

    State license are NOT required for youth 15 and under or seniors 75 and older who are Kansas residents. A state license is required for Kansas state residents ages 16-74. State licenses are required for ANYONE 16 and older who is not a resident of the State of Kansas.

    District fishing permits
    are not required for Johnson County residents 15 years of age or younger or seniors 65 years of age or older. District fishing permits are required by ALL residents of Johnson County 16-64 years of age and ALL non-residents of Johnson County 16 years of age and older

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