Fewer services in winter months, but uncrowded conditions prevail

Oct. 1-March 31 mark the off-season months for Kansas state parks, although some people prefer the uncrowded conditions available through fall and winter. During this time, many state parks cut down on services, although all remain open. Although hours and services vary from park to park, most office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Most are closed on holidays, as well.

In addition, most unheated toilets and shower buildings with running water are shut down for the cold season. Most heated buildings remain open through the regular firearms hunting seasons, and some remain open year round. While potable water is available at each park headquarters all year, water is shut off at campgrounds and day-use areas that are prone to freezing pipes.

Most parks have some potable water available at freeze-proof valves in campgrounds into late November or early December, depending on the weather. Electricity stays on year round where it is available. Each park will remain open to vehicles; however, some campground loops may be closed. Many boat ramps across the state are either closed or only usable by shallow-draft boats due to low reservoir levels.

For details, look up individual state parks at the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) website.