Saturday, October 22, 2022

Press Release: City of Fort Scott Kansas anticipated Lake Fort Scott water release

While Bourbon County, as well as many parts of the state and the nation, continue to experience drought conditions, the City of Fort Scott Water Production anticipates releasing water from Lake Fort Scott beginning next week (Oct 25, 2022). 

This will help to supplement the water already being released from both Cedar Creek and Rock Creek lakes. It is impossible to know when precipitation will relieve current drought conditions, or how much water will be required from our three available reservoirs.

Therefore, lake residents are encouraged to secure docks as needed in anticipation of possible lowering of lake levels. Fort Scott supplies water for the majority of Bourbon County, as well as parts of Crawford, Allen, and Vernon Counties. 

It is imperative that we keep the Marmaton River at adequate levels for our treatment systems to continue to deliver water. We are fortunate to have the water sources and infrastructure available to us that we do! Thank you for your patience and understanding.

For more information on this topic please contact Assistant City Manager, Brad Matkin at 620-223-0550 ext. 210 or email

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