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Neosho River Picnic and Fishing
West of Iola on Hwy 54
About this Exploration:
The Neosho River has been in place long before Iola was even thought of, and since the beginning of time for Iola, that same river has held an important role in Iola's growth. In particular, all towns had to have a good water source, and an added bonus was the perfect bed for the Iola Button Factory. It was located on the west side of Iola in the late 1800s because of its access to the Neosho River and her mussel shells. The button factory closed during the depression.
In 1870 bonds were issued for a bridge on the west side of Iola, and in 1871, a steel bridge was completed as a “free” bridge over the Neosho River. If a person ran across the bridge, he would get a fine. In 1927, the beautiful Marsh Arch Bridge was built to the south of the old steel bridge. Concrete for the Marsh bridge was mixed, poured and finished by hand. This bridge replaced the old iron bridge and was used west for 68 years. It was replaced in 1995 with the bridge Iola currently has leading hwy 54 traffic into Iola.
The fishing heritage runs deep in Iola, and fishing is important to the quality of life. Programs through the Iola Elks and Iola Police Department are designed to engage children in fishing activities. In the Neosho River, west of Iola, you can find Channel Catfish, Crappie, Flathead Catfish, Spotted and White Bass. Fishing in the Neosho can be intense and thrilling or quiet and relaxing.
Bring your family, a picnic basket, hold on tight to your poles and have fun!
Fishing is allowed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at this location, but you must have a Kansas license to fish.
There are two cement picnic tables in the southwest area, and easy access to the river. If you have a boat or canoe, you can drive down a path on the southeast side of the river.
208 W. Madison Ave
Iola, KS 66749