Event Calendar


02/12/2016

Boy Scouts Western Klondike Campout

Location: Cedar Bluff State Park

Type: Group Campout

Dates: 02/12/16 - 02/14/16

This is an All Day Event


02/14/2016

2nd Sunday Guided Hike

Location: Clinton State Park - North Shore Trails

Type: Guided 2 hour Hike

Date: Sunday, February 14, 2016

Contact: Clinton State Park Office

Phone No: 785-842-8562

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Other Information:

Clinton State Park and AmeriCorps invite you to join us for monthly hikes through the park every Second Sunday through the coming year. Each journey will take you approximately 2 miles along the sections of the existing North Shore Trails that flow throughout Clinton State Park. We'll be exploring the understatedly hilly terrain and abundant wildlife of Eastern Kansas. Amateur arborists and bird watchers will be amazed at the numerous species present within the park boundaries.
For this upcoming hike, and as a general rule for our Second Sundays, we do not recommend children under the age of six attend. Pets must be on a leash no longer than 10 foot. Younger children are welcome, but be aware that the uneven terrain and length of the hikes may create the need for more adult assistance.
Don’t forget to bring water and dress appropriately!
A Vehicle Permit will be required. Purchase one by the day at $5.00 or Annually for $25.00 and get into ALL Kansas State Parks for the rest of the year.

What to Bring: Bring Water and Dress Appropriately


03/13/2016

2nd Sunday Guided Hike

Location: Clinton State Park-North Shore Trails

Type: Guided 2 hour Tour

Date: Sunday, March 13, 2016

Contact: Clinton State Park

Phone No: 785-842-8562

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Other Information:

Clinton State Park and AmeriCorps invite you to join us for monthly hikes through the park every Second Sunday through the coming year. Each journey will take you approximately 2 miles along the sections of the existing North Shore Trails that flow throughout Clinton State Park. We'll be exploring the understatedly hilly terrain and abundant wildlife of Eastern Kansas. Amateur arborists and bird watchers will be amazed at the numerous species present within the park boundaries.
For this upcoming hike, and as a general rule for our Second Sundays, we do not recommend children under the age of six attend. Pets must be on a leash no longer than 10 foot. Younger children are welcome, but be aware that the uneven terrain and length of the hikes may create the need for more adult assistance.
Don’t forget to bring water and dress appropriately!
A Vehicle Permit will be required. Purchase one by the day at $5.00 or Annually for $25.00 and get into ALL Kansas State Parks for the rest of the year.

What to Bring: Bring Water and Dress Appropriately


03/19/2016

Tuttle Creek State Park

Location: Tuttle Creek State Park

Type: Geocache Easter Egg Hunt

Dates: 03/19/16 - 03/27/16

Contact: Todd Lovin

Phone No: 78-539-7941

This is an All Day Event

Other Information:

The park will host an Easter Egg Hunt that will be done by geocaching.  The eggs will be out from March 19 - 27.  More details to come as information is available.


03/22/2016

Riley Co. - Manhattan

Location: Tuttle Creek State Park

Type: Hunter Ed Course

Dates: 03/22/16 - 03/29/16

Contact: Tuttle Creek State Park

Time: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Other Information:

March 22 and 29 from 6-10 (classroom) and 3/26 from 8-5 (field day).

Course limited to 50 students. Sign-up at Tuttle Creek State Park Office, students receive course syllabus, class locations, home work assignments, and manual at sign-up (must be done in person).


04/02/2016

USA BASSIN

Location: Wilson State Park Hell Creek Boat Ramp

Type: Fishing Tournament

Date: Saturday, April 02, 2016

Contact: Rick Wheeler

Phone No: 316-734-1430

Time: 7:00 am - 3:00 pm


04/10/2016

2nd Sunday Guided Hike

Location: Clinton State Park-North Shore Trails

Type: Guided 2 hour Tour

Date: Sunday, April 10, 2016

Contact: Clinton State Park

Phone No: 785-842-8562

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Other Information:

Clinton State Park and AmeriCorps invite you to join us for monthly hikes through the park every Second Sunday through the coming year. Each journey will take you approximately 2 miles along the sections of the existing North Shore Trails that flow throughout Clinton State Park. We'll be exploring the understatedly hilly terrain and abundant wildlife of Eastern Kansas. Amateur arborists and bird watchers will be amazed at the numerous species present within the park boundaries.
For this upcoming hike, and as a general rule for our Second Sundays, we do not recommend children under the age of six attend. Pets must be on a leash no longer than 10 foot. Younger children are welcome, but be aware that the uneven terrain and length of the hikes may create the need for more adult assistance.
Don’t forget to bring water and dress appropriately!
A Vehicle Permit will be required. Purchase one by the day at $5.00 or Annually for $25.00 and get into ALL Kansas State Parks for the rest of the year.

What to Bring: Bring Water and Dress Appropriately


04/24/2016

Kansas Walleye Tournament

Location: El Dorado State Park - BS Boat Ramp #2

Type: Competitive walleye fishing tournament

Date: Sunday, April 24, 2016

Contact: KS Walleye Association

Phone No: 620-899-0222

Time: 5:00 am - 4:00 pm

Other Information:

Sat. April 23th Pre-meeting - 6am.  Meeting location - Bluestem Shelter.

Tournament April 24th- Bluestem Boat Ramp #2


05/07/2016

USA Bassin

Location: Wilson State Park Hell Creek Boat Ramp

Type: Fishing Tournament

Date: Saturday, May 07, 2016

Contact: Rick Wheeler

Phone No: 316 734 1430

Time: 6:30 am - 2:30 pm


05/08/2016

2nd Sunday Guided Hike

Location: Clinton State Park-North Shore Trails

Type: Guided 2 hour Tour

Date: Sunday, May 08, 2016

Contact: Clinton State Park

Phone No: 785-842-8562

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Other Information:

Clinton State Park and AmeriCorps invite you to join us for monthly hikes through the park every Second Sunday through the coming year. Each journey will take you approximately 2 miles along the sections of the existing North Shore Trails that flow throughout Clinton State Park. We'll be exploring the understatedly hilly terrain and abundant wildlife of Eastern Kansas. Amateur arborists and bird watchers will be amazed at the numerous species present within the park boundaries.
For this upcoming hike, and as a general rule for our Second Sundays, we do not recommend children under the age of six attend. Pets must be on a leash no longer than 10 foot. Younger children are welcome, but be aware that the uneven terrain and length of the hikes may create the need for more adult assistance.
Don’t forget to bring water and dress appropriately!
A Vehicle Permit will be required. Purchase one by the day at $5.00 or Annually for $25.00 and get into ALL Kansas State Parks for the rest of the year.

What to Bring: Bring Water and Dress Appropriately


06/03/2016

Hell Creek Hoedown

Location: Wilson State Park Pine Shelter

Type: Acoustic Music Jam

Dates: 06/03/16 - 06/05/16

Contact: Todd Toman

Phone No: 785 216 0662

Time: 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Other Information:

Jams on Friday and Saturday evening will begin around 7pm and the Gospel Jam on Sunday will begin at 10am. Everyone is welcome to pick, grin or sing along.


06/04/2016

Storm the Dam

Location: El Dorado State Park

Type: Race - Marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K

Date: Saturday, June 04, 2016

Contact: Oz Endurance

Phone No: 316.516.5145

Time: 6:00 am - 1:00 pm

Other Information:

The chip timed trail run winds through scenic   El Dorado Lake State Park and adjacent private property. The double loop marathon, half marathon and 10K connect to the Teter Nature Trail; with some challenging single track trail. Depending on rainfall expect some wet and muddy crossings. Storm up the dam and enjoy lake views as you run along the lakeshore. Grassy moderate rolling hills of the Boulder Bluff horse trail await you next, work your way through the Walnut Ridge Trail before crossing the finish line near the amphitheater.

The 5K starts with a storm up the dam, enjoy lake views as you run along the shore, find adventure on a short portion of trail course, cross the Walnut River bridge for a final push on paved surface to the finish line.


06/05/2016

Kansas Walleye Association

Location: Wilson State Park Hell Creek Boat Ramp

Type: Fishing Tournament

Date: Sunday, June 05, 2016

Contact: Shandi Webster

Phone No: 620 899 0222

Time: 5:45 am - 4:00 pm


06/11/2016

Lantern Fest 2016

Location: El Dorado State Park - WR Area

Type: El Dorado CVB

Date: Saturday, June 11, 2016

Contact: Jen Cook

Phone No: 316-321-9100

Time: 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Other Information:

At The Lantern Fest, thousands of revelers join together armed with lanterns for one unforgettable spectacle. There will be music, dancing, s’mores and, when the time is just right, we will light the sky with our highest hopes, deepest regrets, and fondest dreams.

Register at http://www.thelanternfest.com/events/wichita/

With your Lantern Pass, you will receive a wristband granting you entrance to the event, a Lantern, a marker, a lighter, and a s'mores kit (with enough supplies to make 4 s'mores).

***NOTE: Kids 3 and under are free, ages 4 to 12 will need to register with a "$5 kids pass", they will receive entrance to the event as well as a small gift ***

EVENT DAY INFO:

Gates open at 3pm. 

Lanterns will fly when the sun goes down. Be sure to arrive early enough to park, check-in and find a place to enjoy the event.

 THINGS TO BRING WITH YOU: 

**No glass containers and no outside alcohol will be permitted by the venue

~A blanket or chairs for sitting
~A jacket in case you get chilly
~A smile, because you’re never fully dressed without it
~Some money or a credit card to buy a snack or drink
~Your dancing shoes!

***Oh and one more thing, please try to carpool. The venue may be charging for parking.


06/12/2016

El Dorado Lake Triathlon

Location: El Dorado State Park

Type: Race

Date: Sunday, June 12, 2016

Contact: Oz Endurance

Phone No: 316.516.5145

Time: 7:00 am - 11:00 am

Other Information:

Swim Course
Swimmers will start at the Walnut River Beach and complete one loop for the Sprint distance and 2 loops for the Olympic distance race.

Bike Course
The bike route starts at the Walnut River campground and continues out to Boulder Bluff Rd. Rd. The bicycles with then turn right and continue to the turnaround point before 12th St. Cyclists with then turn around and continue along Boulder Bluff Rd. until just before the Boating Dock parking lot. The cyclists will then turn around and continue to Myers Rd. where they will turn right. The turnaround on Myers Rd. will lead cyclists back to Boulder Bluff Rd. where they will again turn right and continue back to the transition area. The Olympic distance participants will then complete a second loop.

Run Course
Runners will head out of the transition area and run a loop around the campground and along the bike path for the Sprint distance race. The course is 2 loops for the Olympic distance race.


Kids Fishing Clinic

Location: Lovewell State Park

Type: Kids Fishing Clinic

Date: Sunday, June 12, 2016

Contact: Thane Loring

Phone No: (785) 753-4971

Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Other Information:

Kids Fishing Clinic. Ages 7-15. No fishing license required. Pre-Registration at the State Park Office no later than Thursday, June 9th. Participants will learn fishing techniques and fish identification, with an adult mentor.  Registration is limited.


2nd sunday Guided Hike

Location: Clinton State Park-North Shore Trails

Type: Guided 2 hour Tour

Date: Sunday, June 12, 2016

Contact: Clinton State Park

Phone No: 785-842-8562

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Other Information:

Clinton State Park and AmeriCorps invite you to join us for monthly hikes through the park every Second Sunday through the coming year. Each journey will take you approximately 2 miles along the sections of the existing North Shore Trails that flow throughout Clinton State Park. We'll be exploring the understatedly hilly terrain and abundant wildlife of Eastern Kansas. Amateur arborists and bird watchers will be amazed at the numerous species present within the park boundaries.
For this upcoming hike, and as a general rule for our Second Sundays, we do not recommend children under the age of six attend. Pets must be on a leash no longer than 10 foot. Younger children are welcome, but be aware that the uneven terrain and length of the hikes may create the need for more adult assistance.
Don’t forget to bring water and dress appropriately!
A Vehicle Permit will be required. Purchase one by the day at $5.00 or Annually for $25.00 and get into ALL Kansas State Parks for the rest of the year.

What to Bring: Bring Water and Dress Appropriately


06/18/2016

OK Kid's Day/Free Park Entrance

Location: Wilson State Park

Type: OK Kid's Day

Date: Saturday, June 18, 2016

Contact: Wilson State Park

Phone No: 785 658 2465

Time: 8:30 am - 2:00 pm

Other Information:

Fishing Clinic, Ping Pong Ball Drop, Lunch and afternoon events. Details will be posted at a later date.


06/19/2016

Sand Castle Contest

Location: Lovewell State Park

Type: Family/Team Sand Castle/Sculpture Contest

Date: Sunday, June 19, 2016

Contact: Thane Loring

Phone No: (785) 753-4971

Time: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Other Information:

Teams of up to 5 persons build sand castles or sand sculptures for fun and prizes. Registration at the State Park Office 8 am to 12 noon. Sand castles/sculptures will be judged at 2 pm.


"Float Your Boat" contest

Location: Lovewell State Park

Type: Family/Team or Individual Cardboard Boat Building Contest

Date: Sunday, June 19, 2016

Contact: Thane Loring

Phone No: (785) 753-4971

Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Other Information:

Participants must design and build a cardboard boat (specifications will be available in early June), and bring it to the Southwinds Beach for the contest to see who’s boat can float through the designated course without sinking! The boat’s “captain” must be aboard to qualify.


06/25/2016

USA Bassin

Location: Wilson State Park Hell Creek Boat Ramp

Type: Fishing Tournament

Date: Saturday, June 25, 2016

Contact: Rick Wheeler

Phone No: 316 734 1430

Time: 6:00 am - 2:00 pm


Friend of El Dorado Lake Mud Run & Garden Tractor Pull

Location: El Dorado State Park

Type: Mud Run

Date: Saturday, June 25, 2016

Contact: Randy Buell

Phone No: 3163217180

Time: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Other Information:

Admission - $10 Adult

11 and under Free

Admission includes your Park vehicle permit!

Racing starts at NOON

Garden Tractor Pull starts at 1:00pm.


06/26/2016

Bureau of Reclamation Fireworks Ban

Location: Lovewell State Park

Type: Fireworks Regulation - Fireworks Ban

Dates: 06/26/16 - 07/05/16

Contact: Thane Loring

Phone No: 785-753-4971

This is an All Day Event

Other Information:

On Wednesday June 12, 2013 the Bureau of Reclamation announced that fireworks will no longer be allowed on lands or waters owned by the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR regulation 43 CFR 423.30 C) due to liability issues. Therefore, the discharge of personal fireworks at Lovewell State Park (including the Pioneer Day Use area), Lovewell Wildlife Area, Twin Coves Private Trailer area and Lovewell Private Cabin area is strictly prohibited. Persons discharging fireworks within these areas will be subject to penalties. Questions can be directed to the Lovewell State Park Office at (785) 753-4971.


07/23/2016

USA Bassin

Location: Wilson State Park Hell Creek Boat Ramp

Type: Fishing Tournament

Date: Saturday, July 23, 2016

Contact: Rick Wheeler

Phone No: 316 734 1430

Time: 6:00 am - 2:00 pm


08/06/2016

Lovewell Fun Day

Location: Lovewell State Park

Type: Outdoor Games and Recreation

Date: Saturday, August 06, 2016

Contact: Thane Loring

Phone No: (785) 753-4971

Time: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Other Information:

5K or 2 mile Fun Run/Walk, Co-Ed Mud Volleyball, Rock/Paper/Scissors Tournament, Sandpile Treasure Hunt Pre-Registration required for Mud Volleyball, no later than August 4th.


08/13/2016

USA Bassin

Location: Wilson State Park Hell Creek Boat Ramp

Type: Fishing Tournament

Date: Saturday, August 13, 2016

Contact: Rick Wheeler

Phone No: 316 734 1430

Time: 6:30 am - 2:30 pm


08/20/2016

Campground Christmas

Location: Lovewell State Park

Type: Christmas Lighting Contest

Dates: 08/20/16 - 08/21/16

Contact: Thane Loring

Phone No: (785) 753-4971

Time: 12:00 pm - 11:00 am

Other Information:

Campers decorate their campsites and camping cabins in yuletide themes. The public is encouraged to view the decorations. Entries must register at the State Park Office by 5 pm on Saturday. Decorations are judged Saturday evening, Prizes awarded Sunday morning.


08/27/2016

The Tiara Triathlon

Location: El Dorado State Park

Type: Race

Date: Saturday, August 27, 2016

Contact: Oz Endurance

Phone No: 316.516.5145

Time: 7:30 am - 11:00 am

Other Information:

On August 27th, 2016, El Dorado Lake will again host the area’s only all women’s triathlon. This all women’s triathlon event will be a Sprint Distance triathlon starting in the Walnut River Beach area. The 400 meter swim will follow a triangular course in the protected waters of Walnut River beach. The 9.5 mile bike course will follow a circular route throughout the lake and outskirts of El Dorado. The 3 mile run course will be throughout the lake property and along a paved bike trail. Aid stations will be found at every mile along the run course.

Various clinics and training opportunities will be hosted leading up to the event. Expect at least one clinic for each discipline hosted by local triathlon coaches and clubs.


09/10/2016

Hays Bass Anglers Assocation Big Bass Tournament

Location: Wilson State Park Hell Creek Boat Ramp

Type: Fishing Tournament

Date: Saturday, September 10, 2016

Contact: Clayton Rudman

Phone No: 785 639 1496

Time: 6:00 am - 2:00 pm


09/11/2016

3D Archery Shoot and Free Park Entrance

Location: Lovewell State Park

Type: 3D Archery Tournament; Free park vehicle entrance.

Date: Sunday, September 11, 2016

Contact: Thane Loring

Phone No: (785) 753-4971

Time: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Other Information:

3D Archery Shoot begins at 8 am - Individuals compete on 14 station 3D archery range. Divisions for Men, Women, Youth. Steel Deer Target Contest at 12 noon. Prizes awarded at 1 pm. Free Park Entrance Day, no vehicle permits required.


09/17/2016

Beatrice Bassmasters

Location: Wilson State Park Hell Creek Boat Ramp

Type: Fishing Tournament

Date: Saturday, September 17, 2016

Contact: Mike Jordan

Phone No: 402 806 5991

Time: 6:00 am - 3:00 pm


09/18/2016

Kansas BASS Nation

Location: El Dorado State Park

Type: Black Bass Tournament

Date: Sunday, September 18, 2016

Contact: Joel Porter

Phone No: 620-433-0121

Time: 6:00 am - 2:00 pm

Other Information:

This is a Black Bass Tournament! Shady Creek Marina


10/01/2016

OK Kids Day

Location: El Dorado State Park - BS Point Area 7

Type: Free Outdoor Events for Kids

Date: Saturday, October 01, 2016

Contact: Tyler Burt

Phone No: 316-321-7180

Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Other Information:

This will be the 16th year that kids get to come out and enjoy a free, fun filled day at the Park. The day includes a free lunch and prizes for all. A fishing contest (sponsored by the Bill Higgins family) allows for some friendly competition. Don’t tell the kids, but they’re actually learning skills and science facts during the day too!