Heated dock open for winter

Josh Rouse

For those anglers in need of a winter fix, Lake Shawnee has the answer.

The lake’s heated dock, located at the marina at 3320 S.E. Dock Dr. in Topeka, recently opened for business. The dock’s operating schedule is from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week. The dock opened Dec. 1 and will run through March 31.

Regular fishing licenses are still required for winter fishing. A Kansas resident may purchase a fishing license from local stores such as Wal-Mart or K-Mart or through the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks for $20.50 for the year. A resident can also buy a combo license (hunting and fishing) for $38.50 and a trout license for $12.50. Non-residents can purchase an annual license for $42.50. Five day and 24 hour licenses may also be purchased for $22.50 and $5.50, respectively.

Mild or severe weather conditions, however, may result in early or delayed opening or closing of the facility.

If in doubt about the heated dock’s operating schedule, call the Lake Shawnee Marina at 785-267-2211.