Fontana is small but mighty. With a population of 220, it combines the best things about living in the country: hardworking people, great food and a lot of history.
Fontana is home to three parks, the Miami State Fishing Lake, Fontana Fire Station Park and Fontana City Park.
The Miami State Fishing Lake is an outdoorsman’s dream. While many visitors will be attracted to the park’s well-stocked 101-acre fishing lake and booming white-tailed deer population, it is also a hotspot for birdwatchers. Eagle-eyed birders can spot loggerhead shrikes, grebes, great blue herons and even the occasional pileated woodpecker at the park. Campgrounds, restrooms and docks are available. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism operates it.
Fontana City Park is equipped with a shelter house, picnic tables and play area, making it the perfect place to spend time outdoors.
The Fontana Fire Station Park is a unique spot located next door to the fire station. Park visitors can see and touch a preserved part of firefighter history, an antique fire pump well, something firefighters relied on before there were fire hydrants on every street corner.
Railroad in Fontana
Fontana Welcome Sign
Fontana Fire Station
Fontana City Hall
Isinglass Estate is a nearby 30-acre vineyard and tasting room. The winery offers visitors beautiful views and a place to relax surrounded by 600 acres of vines, forests, trails, lakes and fields. The production area contains 15 carefully monitored stainless steel tanks containing 6,000 gallons of wine. For a delicious final touch, Isinglass places selected wines into oak barrels to intensify natural flavors.For almost 150 years, the New Lancaster General Store has served many roles in the community. It has been a post office, creamery, farmer’s market, telephone office and meeting place of the Kansas Anti Horse Thief Association. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, Stephen and Kristin Graue of Middle Creek Winery own the store where visitors can sample their wines made from local grapes, fruit and honey. The general store also features an art gallery and shopping area that highlights work from local crafters. Visitors can wind down the day enjoying their purchases with a picnic in the park.
A drive to the Fontana Pines Christmas Tree Farm has become a yearly tradition for many families. The Christmas Tree Farm allows families the chance to pick out and cut down their own tree. For those who are feeling rugged, you can carry the tree back to the register, or staff will help you haul the tree back with assistance from an all-terrain vehicle. From there, your tree will be trimmed and loaded onto your vehicle. Fontana Pines includes a wide selection of 5-foot to 10-foot Scotch pines, Austrian pines and Fraser firs along with handmade wreaths and garlands
Visiting Fontana can often feel like taking a step into the past. Many of the original homes from settler days still stand with several that are nearly 100 years old. The small downtown retains the beautiful architecture and character of the 1800s.The original Fontana Bank and Fontana Jail still stand, giving you a feel for the magnificent buildings of yesteryear. The renovated Fontana City Hall is a throwback to an earlier time. In fact, it served as a single-room classroom well into the 1980s.
Visitors can get a sense of the culture and closeness of Fontana during this community’s three seasonal festivals.
During the November Festival, the United Methodist Church opens its doors to anyone who enjoys delicious homemade comfort food. A full plate of warm apple dumplings and chicken noodles will fill your belly and warm your heart.
Once the weather heats up, there’s nothing like a June cookout to bring together friends new and old. The annual Fontana Community Picnic, sponsored by the Fontana Church of Christ, city of Fontana and Heavenly Hotdogs, welcomes all ages. Live music, games, inflatable waterslide, food and drinks will get summer started.
On the first Saturday of October, to mark Fire Prevention Month, the Fontana Fire Station hosts an Open House. Families and children of all ages are encouraged to tour the fire station and enjoy lunch with local fire and rescue crews. Learn more about fire safety by exploring the station’s fire and rescue vehicles, rescue boats, life flight helicopter, fire trucks and ambulances. End your visit with a live demonstration of the “Jaws of Life” cutting open a wrecked vehicle.