If you’re looking for a taste of truly rural Kansas life — the Kansas of 100 years ago — then you’ll enjoy a visit to Miami County’s smallest city, Fontana, with a population of about 220.
Fontana is home to three parks. The Miami State Fishing Lake is a 101-acre lake that is an ideal destination for hunting, fishing and birding. It still retains much of the original tallgrass prairie. The lake area is populated with white-tailed deer, and birders can spot loggerhead shrikes, grebes, great blue herons and even the occasional pileated woodpecker. Primitive camping, restrooms and courtesy docks are available.
The Fontana Fire Station Park is a city park by the fire station that features an original, historic pump well. The newer Fontana City Park is equipped with a shelter house, picnic tables and plenty of play area for kids.