Explore With Kids: Santa Fe Lake | Augusta, KS


Santa Fe Lake is a local treasure and the perfect spot to explore with kids! Santa Fe Lake’s season is open spring-fall and full of scenery, activities, and adventure. 


11367 SW Shore Drive August, KS 67010Santa Fe Lake Waterfall


Daily Pass: $10 per car (expires at sundown the day the pass is purchased)
Season Pass: $25 Augusta residents
Season Pass: $55 non-Augusta residents
*Visit Santa Fe Lake website for rates on boating or camping permit

Things To Do:

Trails | Hiking | Biking

Santa Fe Lake has 7 miles of scenic trails for walking, hiking, and biking. Check here for updated trail information (when trails are closed due to weather).

*For the mamas with strollers: the North Trail is 5 miles and best for strollers as it is mostly flat and surrounded by a beautiful wooded area. *Also great for family biking.

The South Trail is around 1.7 miles and much more difficult with steep climbs and rough terrains – this is also the path to the waterfall (the path directly to the waterfall is



Who knew Kansas had beaches? This is one of our favorites – simply bring a cooler for your lunch, pack beach towels, and bring floaties and sand toys for the kids. There are two sand beaches at Santa Fe Lake, great for all ages.  

Sally Cavanaugh Films and Photos


Waterfall Exploring

Also one of our favorite waterfalls near Wichita, Santa Fe Lake has a great waterfall. There is a straight path (great for little ones and strollers) or a more challenging hike to get to the falls. 

*It is important to note that the falls only flow when there has been a lot of rain, and the lake is overflowing – typically in April and May. If you are going strictly to see the falls, we suggest you contact ahead of time, 316-775-9926.



A great activity for kids, Santa Fe Lake offers fishing along the shorelines. Fishing at the lake is catch and release only, and here is more information about fishing in Kansas.



Most of the camp sites are along the shoreline and offer the following amenities: firepits/grills, electricity access, accessible restrooms & showers, and of course the beauty of nature around.

At this time, camping is only available to season pass holders.


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