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Sugar Valley Lakes in Kansas

Updated on July 23, 2017
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Kansas - It's dear to the heart of Virginia Allain. She grew up there & loves the big skies, the prairies, the small towns, & history.

Sugar Valley Lakes in southeast Kansas
Sugar Valley Lakes in southeast Kansas | Source

Fun at Sugar Valley and Nearby

Sugar Valley Lakes is a recreational area in Linn County, Kansas that's restricted to those owning lots or homes there. There are several lakes with camping, fishing, and boating. It's an area that's more wooded and rolling than most of eastern Kansas. It's a short drive south of Kansas City.

In the area around Sugar Valley Lakes, there are quite a few recreational opportunities. I'll feature a number of those here plus the activities at Sugar Valley Lakes as well.

In the past, I owned a prairie lot and also a lake lot at this resort. When we sold those, I realized that people have a hard time finding what lots are available. This webpage can also showcase lots or homes for sale at Sugar Valley Lakes. If you have a lot or home for sale, you can post it here.

Photo by Virginia Allain

Enjoy Fishing (Gail & Clyde Martin Caught All These at Sugar Valley Lake)

Enjoy Fishing (Gail & Clyde Martin Caught All These at Sugar Valley Lake). They usually caught bass and catfish. They caught so many one summer that they held a big fish fry for all the neighbors.
Enjoy Fishing (Gail & Clyde Martin Caught All These at Sugar Valley Lake). They usually caught bass and catfish. They caught so many one summer that they held a big fish fry for all the neighbors. | Source

Video of Sugar Valley Lake

Sugar Valley Lakes - Golf Course, Lake, and other Scenery

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The golf course (9 holes)
The golf course (9 holes)
The golf course (9 holes)

Sugar Valley Lakes

Activities at the Sugar Valley Lakes Resort

  • BOATING and FISHING Activities

    Look over the list of fishing tournaments planned for this year at Sugar Valley Lakes.

  • Schedule of Golf Events at Sugar Valley Lakes

    Don't miss out on the fun of scrambles and tournaments.

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Activities Right at Sugar Valley

Events for Owners at this Private Recreational Community, Golf Course and Lake range from an Easter Egg Hunt to a Hobo Dinner of "Beans & Cornbread" (wear "Hobo Clothes") to a Chuck Wagon Dinner (Meat furnished/bring side dishes). There's fun things to do in the community all year round!

Example of a prairie lot at Sugar Valley Lakes though few have trees like this (this one is sold)

Example of a prairie lot at Sugar Valley Lakes though few have trees like this (this one is sold). My parents used this lot for camping when they went fishing at Sugar Valley. Some lots are improved with the addition of electricity.
Example of a prairie lot at Sugar Valley Lakes though few have trees like this (this one is sold). My parents used this lot for camping when they went fishing at Sugar Valley. Some lots are improved with the addition of electricity.

Advantages of Buying a Prairie Lot at Sugar Valley Lakes

There are fewer and fewer waterfront lots available for building on at Sugar Valley Lakes Resort. Lake lots can cost $15,000 to $25,000 in the area. Prairie lots are available for less than $500. The annual fee is the same for either type of lot and the use of the community is the same. With a prairie lot you won't have a waterfront view or a place to build your own dock for your boat.

The prairie lots sell for very modest prices and allow the owners to use all the amenities of the Sugar Valley Lakes resort. That means you can become a member of the golf course, launch a boat to fish or water ski on the lake, use the tennis courts, pool, etc.

Usually, on a prairie lot, the taxes are around $5 a year, and the annual fee for the resort is less than $150. If you live in the south-central Kansas area, it's a modest cost for the amount of recreation you can enjoy there.

NOTE: This was my experience from about 5 years ago. The prices may have gone up since then.

This Lake Lot Just Sold - Only a few left on Sugar Valley Lake

Cities Near Sugar Valley Lakes - on Google Maps

It's just a short drive to fun at the lakes with your weekend home at Sugar Valley Lakes or camping in your RV. You can zoom in to see more detail.


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A markerKansas City, KS -
Kansas City, KS
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B markerFort Scott, Kansas -
Fort Scott, Kansas
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C markerMound City, KS -
Mound City, KS
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D markerTopeka, KS -
Topeka, KS
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E markerLawrence, KS -
Lawrence, KS
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F markerSpringfield, Missouri -
Springfield, Missouri
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What is There to Do Around Sugar Valley Lakes? - Here's a list of ideas

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Graphic is available from Zazzle on a mousepad: bass-largemouth by canoeriver

  1. Fishing
  2. Boating and water sports
  3. Golfing
  4. Sightseeing (Fort Scott, craft fairs, Kansas City, county fair and more)
  5. Pot luck dinners and a pig roast
  6. Nature walks and hikes
  7. Swimming
  8. Picnics
  9. Relaxing and enjoying life


My Folks Caught Several Award Winning Fish at the Resort

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Think about spending weekends or the whole summer at the lake.

Actually some people live there full-time. Don't let them have all the fun. Join in and become part of the Sugar Valley Lakes community.

My Photos of Sugar Valley Lakes - Click on any photo to see it larger

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Down the hill and around the curve to the lakesBoat Launch at Sugar Valley LakeTake a turn from Elm onto Oak Drive.Take a look at the lake lot we have for sale. This is the cove that it's on.
Down the hill and around the curve to the lakes
Down the hill and around the curve to the lakes
Boat Launch at Sugar Valley Lake
Boat Launch at Sugar Valley Lake
Take a turn from Elm onto Oak Drive.
Take a turn from Elm onto Oak Drive.
Take a look at the lake lot we have for sale. This is the cove that it's on.
Take a look at the lake lot we have for sale. This is the cove that it's on.

Videos about the Area

Videos about Linn County, Kansas

Scarecrow at Kansas craft fair
Scarecrow at Kansas craft fair

Do You Like Craft Fairs?

There are lots of these around!

Maple Leaf Festival Arts and Craft Show - Drive over to Baldwin, Kansas of a crisp fall day to see hundreds of craft vendors display their goodies. I found this to be one of the most reasonably priced craft fairs that I've ever attended.

Sugar Mound Arts & Crafts - Held in October in Mound City.

Visit Nearby Fort Scott

Places to Check for Lots

Many of the lots around the lake are already built on, so if you want to be on the "big lake" then start shopping. Check list just below on this webpage to see if any are listed. Check the Kansas City Craigslist. Check at the Sugar Valley Lakes office where they maintain a card file of lots for sale by owners. Look on the bulletin board there as well.

If you have a lake lot or prairie lot for sale or a house in Sugar Valley, you can list it here. Please describe it and give your contact information. (I no longer have a lot for sale of my own)

This place for people to post their lots or to inquire about available lots is a free posting and I have no stake in the sale of these lots.

You need to check back now and then to see if anyone is inquiring about your lot.

© 2009 Virginia Allain

If you have a lot for sale, you can list it here

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    • KimGiancaterino profile image

      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      The more I see of Kansas, the more I want to visit. Sugar Valley Lakes looks like a great place to unwind.

    • KateHonebrink profile image

      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      Marvelous job! I already feel as if I've been on a restful weekend getaway!

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      Paul Franciskato 5 years ago from Junction City, Kansas

      Your Sugar Valley Lakes lens is a nice resource for people considering a seasonal or permanent move to this area of Kansas!

    • hsschulte profile image

      hsschulte 6 years ago

      That certainly looks like home! This is a wonderful resource for anyone hoping to purchase a lake house at sugar valley.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      Looks and sounds like a beautiful place

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      Snozzle 7 years ago

      Looks just wonderful. No a part of the USA I have visited as yet (I'm in England). Thanks for the introduction.

      Mike

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      bestill lm 7 years ago

      This looks like a relaxing spot. If I ever make it to Kansas...I will be sure to check it out.

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      jolou 7 years ago

      Sounds like a great place to relax and unwind. I really like craft fairs also, we have many of them where I live in the summer and fall.