Potter Lake

Potter Lake is the setting for many picturesque photos taken by KU students who study or relax on its banks. In 1910, the Kansas Board of Regents decided to construct a reservoir on the north side of campus to be used as a water source in case of fire. The two-acre lake was named Potter Lake for state Sen. T.M. Potter, and until 1927, when Lawrence built a public pool, it served as a swimming hole.

Today, the lake is used as a storm water retention pond, and swimming is prohibited. Some classes and academic research occur at the site, and canoes and non-motorized boats are permitted in those instances. State fishing laws apply.

Lawrence, KS 66045