Watch the Sunrise at Tuttle Creek Lake

Sunrise Cove, Manhattan, Kansas, United States

  • Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    1 Miles

Lake
Scenic

Take in the beauty of Kansas by being at the right place and the right time. This easily accessible cove at Tuttle Creek Lake is a perfect location to take in a spectacular sunrise.

This cove at Tuttle Creek Lake is not in an official park, but it is open to the public. It is a place I have come to again and again. Be here an hour before sunrise on a partly cloudy morning and watch as nature puts forth its finest firework show. Don't be late and don't leave too early. Golden hour near sunset isn't too bad either.

Because this lake is primarily for flood control, the lake level is frequently kept low enough that there is plenty of open shoreline. This makes it practical and enjoyable to hike along the shoreline. I typically hike a half mile to the north and then turn around. Alternatively hike the short distance along the abandoned highway and see where it drops off into the lake.

Getting there: From the north east side of Tuttle Creek Lake near the dam, take Tuttle Cove Road and drive 2.4 miles. Then turn right onto "County Highway 897" as named by Google Maps. Drive less than a quarter mile and park where convenient.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Hiking shoes
  • Flashlight
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Lots to do at Tuttle creek. Lots of other beautiful places to watch the sun rise.

11 months ago
11 months ago

Truly a sight worth getting up for!

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

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