Legislative action to enhance funding enables KDWP fee reduction effective Jan. 1
PRATT -- The cost of visiting Kansas state parks is going down in 2007. In a public hearing in Chanute Oct. 26, the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission approved changes in state park vehicle entrance fees, effective Jan. 1, 2007.

The fee changes were made possible by the 2006 Kansas Legislature’s decision to provide enhanced funding for state parks in 2007. Historically, Kansas state parks have been funded by a combination of user fees and state income tax funds. However, in recent years, Kansas state park fees have increased to accommodate declining appropriations from the State General Fund. The 2006 Legislature’s action reversed that trend, at least for calendar year 2007. As a result, state park visitors in 2007 will enjoy vehicle entrance fees that are roughly half the cost of fees in 2006.

For 2007, the following state park vehicle entrance permit fees apply.
Off-season (Oct. 1-March 31)

  • Daily Vehicle permit -- $3.70 (senior/disabled: $2.60)
  • Annual Vehicle permit -- $19.35 (senior/disabled: $10.75)
  • Additional Annual Vehicle permit -- $11.85 (senior/disabled: $7)

In-season (April 1-Sept. 30)

  • Daily Vehicle permit -- $4.20 (senior/disabled: $2.85)
  • Annual Vehicle permit -- $24.35 (senior/disabled: $13.25)
  • Additional Annual Vehicle permit -- $14.35 (senior/disabled: $8.25)

Costs listed include applicable service fees, except online purchase convenience fee.

The Parks Division of the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks operates a system of 24 parks and the Prairie Spirit Rail-Trail. Most state parks provide utility and primitive camping and are located adjacent to lakes or reservoirs. In addition to camping facilities, parks offer boat ramps, courtesy docks, shelter houses, swimming beaches, trails, and a variety of other amenities. Parks also host numerous special events, such as concerts and festivals, throughout the year.

More information on state parks is also available at the department’s website,