Cedar Bluff State Park
Cedar Bluff State Park is divided into two, unique areas along the shorelines of Cedar Bluff Reservoir. The Bluffton Area, on the north shore, provides nearly 350 acres for visitors.
It is the most developed area and provides a variety of facilities to meet the outdoor enthusiasts needs. They include: two boatramp facilities, 96 utility campsites, two community shelters, a reservable group utility campground, two large showerhouses and dumpstations; five modern rental cabins and numerous undesignated primitive campsites and picnic areas. While visiting enjoy some of the opportunities including sand volleyball, horseshoes, shore side basketball, bicycling on our BMX track or swimming on our beach. Fishing can be fantastic in the Bluffton area also. Nearly all of the shoreline is accessible and there's a covered, handicap accessible fishing dock as well.
The Page Creek Area, on the south shore of the reservoir, is nearly 500 acres in size. It is not quite as developed but provides some of the finest primitive camping in the state with its large shade trees and sandy shorelines. The Page Creek Area contains 36 utility campsites, a community shelter, two dumpstations, two boatramp facilities, two showerhouses and two vault toilets; one designated primitive campground and numerous undesignated campsites. This area is a favorite for boaters, jet skiers and for those who seek a little more solitude when relaxing outdoors.
Prices for 2015:
Below is a listing of common park issuances for the 2015 year:
Annual vehicle permit (Upon vehicle registration renewal) $15.50
Annual vehicle permit (Through a vendor) $25.00
Annual camping permit $202.50
Daily Camping Permit $8.00 per night
1 utility campsite $9.00 per night, in addition to the daily camping permit.
2 utility campsite $11.00 per night, in addition to the daily camping permit.
3 utility campsite $12.00 per night, in addition to the daily camping permit.
Daily vehicle permit $5.00 per day
New Fish Cleaning Station:This spring the Cedar Bluff State Park Bluffton Area received a top of the line Barracude I Model 6096 Fish Cleaning Station. This is to replace the old one that went down this past summer. The new cleaning station features a heavy-duty waste grinder, cutting boards, and four automatic flush nozzles. Anglers will appreciate the new system.
New Mooring Piers: During the off-season the staff uses this time to make improvements to the park which often means taking advantage of the lower water levels; many projects can only be completed at lower levels to address future needs and opportunities. This is one of the reasons Cedar Bluff Reservoir has great reservoir access at varying water levels.
Here are the new mooring piers that we installed this year, ready for action when mother nature blesses us!
Hoonii Campground: Last year the park staff developed five new full-hookup, long-term campsites. These will replace the five long-term campsites which were spread throughout the Bluffton Area's campgrounds. Each campsite has 50 amp electrical service, water and sewer, and each includes a fire ring, an evening deck and a concrete pad for the camper. When these campsites are not reserved on a long-term basis they will be available on a walk-in, first come- first serve basis. For more information or to check on availability please contact the park office. (Hoonii is from the Arapaho language, meaning long stay, it is pronounced Hawnee.) The Staff want to give a special thank you to Joby Henning for her WildTrust Donation; her donation made the development of the evening decks possible.
If you have questions pertaining to the park please call the park office at 785-726-3212.
Here are some helpful downloadable documents for your trip to Cedar Bluff State Park.
Cedar Bluff Park Office - (785) 726-3212
Regional Office - (785) 628-8614
Questions pertaining to fishing should be directed to Dave Spalsbury, Fisheries Biologist at 785-726-3212.
Questions pertaining to hunting and the wildlife area should be directed to Kent Hensley, Public Lands Manager at 785-726-3212.
The park office is now open Sunday- Thursday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and Friday - Saturday 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
For Campsite or Cabin Reservations... Visit www.reserveamerica.com
Thirteen miles south of I-70, exit 135, on highway 147.
Construction of Cedar Bluff Reservoir began in April of 1949 with the intention of providing flood control, irrigation and recreation. The reservoir was completed in 1951 and filled that same year. This Bureau of Reclamation owned reservoir, which is managed by the
Department of Wildlife and Parks, quickly became a popular recreational destination. The reservoir and surrounding public lands provided many opportunities that had previously been non-existant to this region. In 1962, Cedar Bluff State Park was developed to accommodate the public by providing outdoor recreational facilities and activities. Cedar Bluff State Park continues to thrive today. Annual visitation is consistently over the 250,000 mark.
Cedar Bluff State Park in central Kansas is the gateway to a canyon noted for its historic significance. Threshing Machine Canyon, accessible by a road west of the park, was the site of a station on Butterfield’s Overland Despatch (BOD) or the Smoky Hill Trail, called Bluffton Station.
In 1867, a wagon train transporting a threshing machine to Brigham Young in Salt Lake City camped for the night beneath a bluff overlooking the canyon floor. A group of Native Americans attacked the encampment, killed the travelers, and set the threshing machine on fire. Remains of the old burned threshing machine could be seen for years.
Travelers along the trail carved their names in the limestone bluffs. Threshing Machine Canyon was visited as early as 1849 (quite possibly earlier) and up to the present. In the historic canyon, you will find carvings dating back to the mid-1800s, and some are still visible today. Many of the inscriptions were carved by the "Pike's Peakers" in 1859 and U.S. cavalrymen (3rd Wisconsin and 13th Missouri) traveling along the BOD in 1865.
- Camping Available: Yes
- ADA Camping Available: Yes
- Reservable Sites: No
- Primitive Camping: 243
- Water, Electric: 17
- Electric: 20
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The Page Creek Area of Cedar Bluff State Park encompasses nearly 900 acres along the south shore of the reservoir, and although it is not as developed as the Bluffton Area it provides some wonderful camping opportunities. With its sandy shorelines and large shade trees this area provides some of the nicest primitive camping areas in the state. Many boating enthusiasts prefer this area because they are able to moore their boat along the sandy shore just below the campsite. Swimming is available nearly everywhere, there are two showerhouse facilities, a large community shelter, three boat launching facilities, two vault toilets, numerous shelters and picnic shades, two dumpstations, two utility campgrounds and a newly developed hiking and biking trail.
- Camping Available: Yes
- ADA Camping Available: Yes
- Reservable Sites: Yes
- Primitive Camping: 250
- Water, Sewer, Electric: 10
- Water, Electric: 86
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Cedar Bluff State Park offers three styles of rental cabins, each with its own, unique atmosphere. All cabins are available year-round. Whether you're planning a weekend escape or a base camp for your next outdoor adventure, our cabins are sure to accommodate your needs.
We offer two, two bedroom rustic cabins; "Whitetail Ridge" and "The Trapper's Lodge". Each are equipped with two, twin over full bunkbeds, electricity, air conditioning and heating, table and chairs, a small refridgerator, coffee maker and a microwave. Just outside, under the shaded patio, a charcoal grill, picnic table and fire ring; two exterior outlets are also available for your convenience.
"The Upland" is a one bedroom, rustic cabin which can sleep up to five. Bedding consists of a large, full over full sized bunkbed and a twin sized Murphy Bed. This cabin also includes a modest living area, dining table and chairs, a large counter, a microwave, a coffee maker, a charcoal grill, a small refridgerator, air conditioning and heat and a freeze proof hydrant just outside. The Upland is also equipped with a spacious deck and picnic table, which is shaded by a cedar pergola, exterior outlets and lighting and a large campfire ring. This facility is handicap accessible and within a very short walking distance to a family style showerhouse facility which is open year-round.
The rustic cabins rent for just $45.00 per night, plus reservation fees. For more information just select the specific cabin link of your choice at the bottom of this page.
We also offer three, Modern Cabins. Each cabin is equipped with a twin sized bed and two bunkbeds, picnic tables, kitchenettes with electric countertop ranges, small refrigerators, a microwave, a coffee maker and bathrooms with showers. All three have electricity and are equipped with air conditioning and heating.
The two, modern two bedroom cabins (The Flyway and Gobbler's Roost) rent for just $80.00 per night and can comfortably accomodate up to six adults.
The one bedroom (The Jumpin' Catfish) has, in addition to a twin sized bed within the bedroom, a sleeper loft above the bedroom which includes two single beds. This cabin can comfortably accomodate up to four adults. This cabin rents for just $60.00 per night. For more information select the link of a specific cabin below.
Cedar Buff State Park's rental cabins provide a unique opportunity to experience the outdoors, and all come with a fantastic view of the park and reservoir area. Reservations can be completed online by clicking the specific cabin below and the "Make a Reservation" button.
This form allows you to email Cedar Bluff State Park with any questions you might have about the State Park and its facilities. This includes season openings and closings, campsite reservations, special events, etc.