Celebrations taper off in fall, but several mild-weather events remain
PRATT — October is one of the most consistently pleasant months in the Sunflower State, and as the weather cools, Kansas state park staff plan end-of-season events. Several special events are on the calendar for October, including dog field trials, equestrian rides, fishing tournaments, trail bicycling, and Halloween entertainment.

For more information on remaining state park events, phone individual parks or click the "Event Calendar" on the "State Parks" page of the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks website, The following is a list of October state park events:

  • Oct. 1-3 — Flint Hills Competitive Horse Trail Ride at Tuttle Creek State Park;
  • Oct. 2 — Coronado Area Council Boy Scouts fishing tournament at Wilson State Park;
  • Oct. 2 — Backlashers Bass Club fishing tournament at Clinton State Park;
  • Oct. 2 — OK Kids Day at Eisenhower State Park;
  • Oct. 16 — Toronto Reservoir 50th Anniversary at Cross Timbers State Park;
  • Oct. 22-24 — Prairie Long Rifles fall shoot at Kanopolis State Park;
  • Oct. 23 — Saddle Ridge Trail Riders equestrian ride at Hillsdale State Park;
  • Oct. 23 — Great Plains Running Company footrace at Perry State Park; and
  • Oct. 30-31 — Heartland Coursing Association dog field trials at Clinton State Park.

Fall can be a great time to enjoy Kansas state parks, and more than 90 cabins make convenient base camps for hunters. Go to to make a cabin reservation.