Cedar Bluff State Park

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Office Closing: 
January 16th
January 31st- February 2nd  
February 8th- February 9th

Open Boat Ramps:

North: Bluffton Overland Boat Ramp

South: Page Creek Mulley Boat Ramp

  Starting October 17th until April 15th  Water will now by shut off to all campsites. shower-houses, and dump stations.   There will be a year-round freeze hydrant located at the Cedar Bluff Bluffton Office so you can fill your holding tank.  We will also have the North shower-house located in the Bluffton Campground by the rental cabins open all year.

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.

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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.

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Phone:
Address:
32001 147 Highway
Ellis,KS    67637
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Park News - Updated: 01/04/2017
Starting October 17th until April 15th  Water will now be shut off to all campsites, shower-houses, and dump stations.   There will be a year-round freeze hydrant located at the Cedar Bluff Bluffton Office so you can fill your holding tank.  We will also have the North shower-house located in the Bluffton Campground by the rental cabins open all year.  We had a great summer and we look forward to seeing everyone again!
SPECIAL WATERFOWL YOUTH HUNTS AT CEDAR BLUFF STATE PARK STILL AVAILABLE
100 acres south of Cedar Bluff Area Office within the State Park's Bluffton Area. Eleven (11) YOUTH hunts will be issued for mornings on some Sundays of the dark goose season. One hunt permit will be assigned for each hunt date.  This hunt requires a maximum of three youth hunters less than sixteen years of age per hunt, who must by supervised by a licensed hunter 18 years of age or older.  Only the youth may hunt.
General Information
Phone:
Address:
32001 147 Highway
 
Ellis, KS    67637
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Office Hours:
Monday- Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

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 Monday- Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

For Campsite or Cabin Reservations... Visit www.reserveamerica.com

Thirteen miles south of I-70, exit 135, on highway 147.


History

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

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 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.

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Cedar Bluff Areas
Page Creek
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: Yes
  • Reservable Sites: No
  • Primitive Camping: 243
  • Water, Electric: 37
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Bluffton Overview
Bluffton
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: Yes
  • Reservable Sites: Yes
  • Primitive Camping: 250
  • Water, Sewer, Electric: 16
  • Water, Electric: 87
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Cedar Bluff Cabins

Important Cabin Information:  Reservation Terms and Conditions, Cabin Reservation Information

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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.

"RUSTIC CABINS"

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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 refrigerator, 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.

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"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 refrigerator, 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.

 

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.

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The two, modern two bedroom cabins (The Flyway and Gobbler's Roost)can comfortably accommodate up to six adults.

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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 accommodate up to four adults. 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.

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Email Cedar Bluff

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.

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