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Lake Shawnee opened in 1939 as a project of the Works Progress Administration and has been providing the residents and visitors of Topeka with a host of recreational opportunities since that time. A recent addition to the lake area, the encircling Lake Shawnee Trail offers great views of the scenic lake and non-motorized access to all the surrounding amenities.
These amenities include a campground, golf course, swimming beach, playgrounds, fishing areas, tennis and volleyball courts and softball diamonds.
Several parking lots line Lake Shawnee’s shore. In the west, access the lots from SE West Edge Road. In the east, use SE Croco Road, SE East Edge Road or SE Tinman Circle.
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