Lake Shawnee Topeka Wedding Venues

Lake Shawnee has to be the most popular location for an outdoor wedding in Topeka. Located in the southeast part of Topeka, Lake Shawnee, in particular the Ensley Garden area, has a very high utilization rate. Topekans when asked where they got married just say “The Lake” and all the locals understand. Built in the late 1930’s Lake Shawnee was built as a WPA project (remember The New Deal from school?). For many years Ensley Garden’s, named after a long time superintendent of Lake Shawnee, consisted of a wooden gazebo, some roses and Mr. Ensley’s old residence, now The Garden House. In the 1990’s Jerald Binkley along with the Topeka Beautification Society started raising money via “Tulip Time” each spring, to make what we now know as Ensley Gardens. There are a lot of options at Lake Shawnee for wedding venues and/or receptions.

The newest addition to Ensley Garden’s is the Pagoda. Many people rent both the Garden House and the Pergola in the Gardens. They use the Pergola for their ceremony and the Garden House for the reception. Likewise, many people rent Reynold’s Lodge on the other side of the lake so that they can have the ceremony outside and the reception inside Reynold’s lodge.

Ensley Gardens is very pretty and there really isn’t anything like it for the variety that you will find anywhere else in the Topeka area. People though need to be aware that in the busy wedding months it does get crowded. Saturdays in June may see as many as 4 or more weddings in one day in Ensley Gardens alone. Parking can get tight. Also many brides that get married in other places often come to The Gardens after their ceremony other places to have photographs taken.

There are some other venues at Lake Shawnee I haven’t mentioned or have photos of. The venues that I have left out, in my opinion are a little small or lack some amenities. If you are having a small function or are wanting something different make sure you explore the lake a little and visit with the people in the Lake Shawnee office. They are very helpful and nice in the office.

You can book any of the venues up to one year in advance of your function online. If you want to book in person there is a fully staffed office at 3137 SE 29th St. Make sure you understand the alcohol rules and the cleanup requirements.

Shawnee County Parks & Rec. Lake Shawnee Website
 Shawnee County Parks Facilities Online Reservations

Lake Shawnee reservation office at 3137 SE 29th St.  Topeka, KS 66605  Ph: (785) 251-2600

Lake Shawnee reservation office at 3137 SE 29th St.
Topeka, KS 66605
Ph: (785) 251-2600

Reynolds Lodge East Side of Lake Shawnee

Reynolds Lodge East Side of Lake Shawnee

Reynolds Lodge

Reynolds Lodge

Reynolds Lodge back view

Reynolds Lodge back view

Reynolds Lodge area behind shelter house.

Reynolds Lodge area behind shelter house.

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Shelter House #6

Shelter House #6

Shelter House #6

Shelter House #6

Shelter House #6

Shelter House #6

Shelter House #6

Shelter House #6

Shelter House #6 parking

Shelter House #6 parking

Shelter house #3 on southwest side of the lake

Shelter house #3 on southwest side of the lake

Shelter house #3 parking

Shelter house #3 parking

Lake Shawnee was a WPA project built in the late 1930's.

Lake Shawnee was a WPA project built in the late 1930’s.

Shelter house #3

Shelter house #3

Shelter house #3 back deck

Shelter house #3 back deck

Shelter house #3 back deck

Shelter house #3 back deck

Shelter house #3 back deck

Shelter house #3 back deck

Shelter house #3 back deck

Shelter house #3 back deck

View looking from Shelter house #3 to Stone Gazebo #2 Lake Shawnee

View looking from Shelter house #3 to Stone Gazebo #2 Lake Shawnee

Gazebo #2 (Stone) Lake Shawnee southwest part of the lake.

Gazebo #2 (Stone) Lake Shawnee southwest part of the lake.

Gazebo #2 (Stone) dropoff.

Gazebo #2 (Stone) dropoff.

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Gazebo #2 (Stone) looking up from Lake Shawnee.

Gazebo #2 (Stone) looking up from Lake Shawnee.

Bridge to Lake Shawnee Ensley Garden area.

Bridge to Lake Shawnee Ensley Garden area.

Water feature Lake Shawnee Ensley Garden.

Water feature Lake Shawnee Ensley Garden.

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Pagoda Lake Shawnee Ensley Garden

Pagoda Lake Shawnee Ensley Garden

Pagoda Lake Shawnee Ensley Garden

Pagoda Lake Shawnee Ensley Garden

Pagoda Lake Shawnee Ensley Garden

Pagoda Lake Shawnee Ensley Garden

Pergola Lake Shawnee Ensley Garden

Pergola Lake Shawnee Ensley Garden

Pergola Lake Shawnee Ensley Garden

Pergola Lake Shawnee Ensley Garden

Pergola Lake Shawnee Ensley Garden

Pergola Lake Shawnee Ensley Garden

Lake Shawnee Ensley Garden

Lake Shawnee Ensley Garden

Garden House Lake Shawnee Ensley Garden

Garden House Lake Shawnee Ensley Garden

Garden House Lake Shawnee Ensley Garden

Garden House Lake Shawnee Ensley Garden

Garden House Lake Shawnee Ensley Garden

Garden House Lake Shawnee Ensley Garden

Rules Garden House Lake Shawnee Ensley Garden

Rules Garden House Lake Shawnee Ensley Garden

Garden House Lake Shawnee Ensley Garden

Garden House Lake Shawnee Ensley Garden

Garden House Lake Shawnee Ensley Garden

Garden House Lake Shawnee Ensley Garden

Garden House Lake Shawnee Ensley Garden

Garden House Lake Shawnee Ensley Garden

 Lake Shawnee Ensley Garden leading to Gazebo #1

Lake Shawnee Ensley Garden leading to Gazebo #1

Gazebo #1 (Steel) Ensley Garden Lake Shawnee

Gazebo #1 (Steel) Ensley Garden Lake Shawnee

Gazebo #1 (Steel) Ensley Garden Lake Shawnee

Gazebo #1 (Steel) Ensley Garden Lake Shawnee

Gazebo #1 (Steel) Ensley Garden Lake Shawnee

Gazebo #1 (Steel) Ensley Garden Lake Shawnee

Gazebo #1 (Steel) Ensley Garden Lake Shawnee

Gazebo #1 (Steel) Ensley Garden Lake Shawnee

Walk way to/from Gazebo #1 (Steel) Ensley Garden Lake Shawnee

Walk way to/from Gazebo #1 (Steel) Ensley Garden Lake Shawnee

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Ensley Garden Lake Shawnee

Ensley Garden Lake Shawnee

Water feature Ensley Garden Lake Shawnee

Water feature Ensley Garden Lake Shawnee

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