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Located only four miles west of Lawrence, and the University of Kansas, Clinton State Park meets the needs of traditional recreationalists while also providing a venue for a variety of non-traditional uses. Some special events draw visitors from across the country. One of the largest marinas in the state, and abundant scenic beauty, offer satisfaction on the lake.

  • Park Office: year round operation for all department sales and customer service.
  • Clinton Marina: private enterprise; boat storage and sales.
  • Park day use areas: open fields picnicking, 6 reserveable shelters, playgrounds and special event venue areas
  • Campgrounds: 383 total sites; 140 sites with water and electricity (30 & 20 amp plugs), 74 sites with water and electricity (50/30 & 20 amp plug ins), 169 as primitive sites,
  • Reservations: 160 sites available for reservation by visiting reserveamerica.com
  • Cabins: 6 Cabins that sleep 6 and 1 two bedroom cabin that sleeps 8.
  • Year round camping with heated shower houses, frost free hydrants and laundry facilities in campground #3.
  • Boat launch areas: 16 lanes, eight accessible courtesy docks and parking areas.
  • Special use amenities: 25 mile hike/bike trail, 5 mile cross country ski trail, 1 mile self-guided nature trail, archery range, 11 hole disc golf course, swim beach, sand volleyball, mountain bike skills course, 3 acre trout pond, 1 acre children’s fishing pond, accessible shoreline use trail, fish cleaning station and 2 fish feeders, 4 playgrounds.
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798 N 1415 Rd
Lawrence,KS    66049
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Park News - Updated: 08/26/2016
CG#1 SITES 54 - 48
Park Office Phone Number - 785/842-8562

The Park Office Summer Hours - Open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. & Saturday's from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Email us: clintonsp@ksoutdoors.com

IMPORTANT INFORMATION....   8/26/2016

LABOR DAY WEEKEND RESERVATIONS...   No Electric and Water Sites left to reserve for the upcoming Labor Day weekend, but you can bring your camping unit out and set up on one of our 100 first come first serve walk-in utility sites.

We will have plenty of Non-utility PRIMITIVE sites to choose from.

You'll pay the camp host in that campground during their evening hours of 4 pm - 10 pm for the number of days that you occupy the site.

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OK Kids Day was a HUGE success!  Our 13th Annual Outdoor Kansas for Kids Day was on Saturday, August 13th. We hadrecord numbers of children out with their parents and grandparents for fishing, practicing archery and enjoying our Naturalist Animal Programs. 

At the morning Fishing Derby we had 84 little anglers that ranged from 2 to 16 years old.  After KDWPT Fisheries Biologist, Richard Sanders talked about fishing safety and fish identification we set them out in search of the “big one”.  We had winners for the Biggest Fish Caught, Smallest Fish Caught, the one who caught the Most Fish, the one who caught Different Kinds of fish along with the Weirdest thing that was caught (a little turtle who liked worms apparently).    We had 2 additional winners for a special drawing we did for kids that were fishing for the very first time!     Thanks to generous donations that were collected before the event, each child was given a little back pack full of prizes.   They then went through our Hot Dog station for their free sack lunch.  Also at the Derby we had Phil Taunton from Fishing’s Future put up his Critter Camp information and he ran a Backyard Bass Game area for those who wanted to practice casting.    That turned out to be quite a blessing for those who didn’t have a lot of patience to wait for the fish to come to them. 

At the afternoon Archery Target Program we borrowed the Archery in the School’s equipment trailer with all the supplies to set up five stations.   Everyone took turns shooting 5 arrows a piece for each turn that they took.   Thank you to Archery Instruction / NRO Ranger Jeff Zeiler and Archery Instructor/Park Manager, Todd Lovin from Tuttle Creek State Park for bringing your knowledge and patience.   We had 77 Kids participate along with some of their parents.   Fun was had by all!  There were conversations overheard in the spectator area from first timers that archery is now their favorite activity.  We had drawings for first timers and for those who pre-registered and then they were all given a bag full of goodies to take home.

In the evening we put together two Animal Naturalist Programs – “The Night Shift” put on by Gary Crain, a volunteer from Operation Wildlife and our “Snake Scales and Turtle Tales” program given by Sherri Withers, Admin. Specialist/NAI Guide.  Gary brought out 4 different species of Owls that he was able to share.  Attendees learned the hunting habits and adaptive characteristics of the birds shown.  Sherri talked about the 5 different species of turtles and 3 different snakes that are kept on display at the Clinton State Park Office.   There were approximately 80 attendees that stayed for both programs.  We had drawings for those who pre-registered and a special drawing that those who were able to attended.   For each event they participated in they got an extra chance to win.    After all the fun and festivities we gave each child a little backpack of goodies.    Of course “Slick” the Coach Whip snake was a big hit again this year.   Kids and Adult alike were able to hold him so they can get their photo taken.  It’s amazing to me the number of people that we have who at the start of our presentation are scared to be near a snake, turn out to be the ones we have to beg to get him back from.  I think that is my favorite thing about doing programs. 

They all had a blast and we got many compliments and promises that they would definitely come back next year!  

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The 14th Annual OK Kids Day will be on August 12, 2017 (Outdoor Kansas for Kids)   Be sure to pass along the information to anyone who would like to have fun at a Fishing Derby, practicing Archery or see live Animals on display as we talk about our "Snakes and Scales and Turtle Tales".   All programs are FREE with FREE entrance into the park that day!   Prize Goodie Bags for everyone and Drawings at each event!  Please Pre-Register by contacting the Park Office via phone 785/842-8562  or by emailing clitnonsp@ksoutdoors.com with the child’s name and date of birth.    Hope to see you there!

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Camping fees as of Friday, April 1..............

Tent Camping - $8.00/night per tent or camping unit.

30 amp & water site is $19.00/night
50/30/20 amp hook up & water is $21.00/night.
(Don't forget the $3.00 one time processing fee that is charged per stay.)

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Both Campground Hosts are now on the Summer Operational Schedule!  
Monday - Thursday....................... 4 pm - 8 pm
Friday's....................................... 4 pm - 10 pm
Saturday's................................... 9 am - 11 am & 4 pm - 10 pm
Sunday's ..................................... 9 am - 11 am
Get set up or find the site you reserved and Check In with them!

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June's 2nd Sunday Guided Hike - Another month, another Second Sunday Hike! We had a great turn out for June's hike on the 12th. To accommodate for hotter weather, we moved the start time to 9am. There was also an RSVP only evening hike provided. 40 hikers came out for the morning hike, and then another 10 for the hike at 6pm - 50 people all together! This month we got to see the arch and the old car (though it is difficult to see with all the summer foliage.) One of the groups on the morning hike got to see a skunk! When we saw the little guy, we stopped the group and let him get a bit farther away before continuing on; this way no one got sprayed! The evening group got to see a couple of deer as we finished up the hike. Everyone seemed to have a great time even though it was quite humid that morning!
Our next hike will be July 10th and we will get to see another 2 mile section of our beautiful North Shore Trails. The time will again be 9am, and there will again be an RSVP only evening hike provided at 6pm. Please see the event page for more details on that! We are hoping to keep the group sizes up for the summer, so do come out and join us next month! We are also looking for some volunteers to help out with next month's hike. If that might be something you're interested in, let us know! Thanks to everyone who came out this month, and we look forward to seeing some new faces along with the old in next month's crowd!

Site Improvement -- Great news! We have upgraded most of our utility campsites with NEW GRAVEL! The sites that needed leveling the most were first to receive this improvement.  1/20/2016

Campground Electricity Improvement ---  in March of 2016 Kaw Valley Electric Company added in new electricity lines and update/upgrade existing lines in Campground #3.   

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Our 3rd Annual First Day Hike was a huge success!   1/1/16 - 145 in attendance plus some of their little furry friends!  

First Day Hikes were held in many state parks in Kansas and across the country. This year's First Day Hike, the third year running we have held it at Clinton State Park, was an incomparable success. The total tally of hikers was a whopping 145! It was by far the largest hiking group we have had so far. We had a wide variety of people in that 145, ranging from children and dogs all the way up to some folks in their retirement years.

With this large group, we took hikers ...up Bunker Hill, through our newly renovated Disk Golf Course, and finally through the cross country ski trail. It was a perfect day for this time of year - the sun was out, the wind was mild, and the temperature moderate. The group took two interpretive stops, one to discuss the history of Bunker Hill and another to discuss why many oak trees keep their leaves through the winter.

All together everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, myself included! I would like to take a moment to remind any hikers we had on the trails with us last Friday, to remember to come back for our Second Sunday Hikes! Meet at the state park office at 1 pm, and we hope to see many of you there!

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 Healthy Fun at the State Parks Day - September 26, 2015

We had some great fun on Saturday during the Healthy Fun at the State Park Day! Pictures will be posted soon! The winners for a free camping weekend have been drawn.
Congratulations go to................ M. Haas, G. Hopkin, H. Harmon, T Chapman & E. Cain! Thank you everyone for participating! We hope you had a great time while you were here in our park. Winners - If I haven't gotten in touch with you call us at the office 785/842-8562 and we'll get you your gift certificate!

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OK Kids Day was a HUGE success!  Our 12th Annual Outdoor Kansas for Kids Day was on Saturday, August 8th.  We had record numbers of children out with their parents and grandparents fishing, practicing archery and enjoying our animal show and tell.   

The 13th Annual OK Kids Day will be on August 13, 2016 (Outdoor Kansas for Kids)   Be sure to pass along the information to anyone who would like to have fun at a Fishing Derby, practicing Archery or see live Animals on display at our Animal Program "Snakes and Scales and Turtle Tales".   All programs are FREE with FREE entrance into the park that day!   Prize Goodie Bags for everyone and Drawings at each event!  Please Pre-Register by contacting the Park Office via phone 785/842-8562  or by emailing clitnonsp@ksoutdoors.com with the child’s name and date of birth.    Hope to see you there!

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NEW SHOWER BUILDING IN CAMPGROUND #1 OPEN....  As of 2/4/15  the new shower house/restroom in the South East corner of campground #1 is ready for business! It features a Men's and Women's restroom facility in the front of the building and 4 separate shower rooms in the back of the building. 3 single showers and 1 ADA accessible.   This building is winterized and will be open Year Round!

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ARCHERY RANGE UPDATED EQUIPMENT - 11/4/14 - We added archery target backdrops to our Archery Range. The Archery Range is located near the entrance of Campground #1. Open Year Round! NO Broadhead Arrows Allowed!!! All you need is your own equipment and a vehicle permit to have sunup to sundown access to the Archery practice area. Enjoy!.

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TROUT SEASON!  Trout season is November 1, 2015 to April 15, 2016. Lake Henry is stocked on a regular basis during trout season. Lake Henry is our 3 acre stocked pond that is located just South of the Park Office. Dates of future stockings at Lake Henry can be found by following the link below.

http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/Fishing/Special-Fishing-Programs-for-You/Trout-Fishing-Program/Stocking-Schedule

REMEMBER.... You have to have a vehicle permit, fishing license and a trout stamp to fish in Lake Henry during trout season even if you aren't fishing for trout. Just in case you catch one!

 If you don't have a trout stamp for this year, you can get one here!!
 The Park Office is open 8-4 (M-F)
 The Entrance Booth is open FRIDAY'S - Noon - 9 PM
 SATURDAY'S - 8 AM - 8 PM
 SUNDAY'S - 9 AM - 6:30 PM

 If you miss us you can purchase your trout stamp at local Walmart stores in the Sporting Goods department or online at ksoutdoors.com

A common question that we get asked is "If I want to fish at Lake Henry during trout season (Nov. 1 - April 15) but I'm not fishing for trout, do I still have to have a Trout Stamp?" The Answer..... Yes! Although there are many different species of fish in Lake Henry. (Channel Catfish, Bluegill, Large Mouth Bass, White Crappie, Black Crappie, Green Sunfish and Trout (Stocked during season), if you are fishing during the trout season, you must have a trout stamp!   They do this in case you do catch trout. If you are caught with a trout on your line or in your possession and you do not have the stamp then you will be in violation and will be ticketed for it.      Good luck!!!!     Happy Fishing!

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CAMPING INFO.....
YOUR CAMP SITE.... Each numbered campsite has gravel surface parking, includes a picnic table and a fire ring!

FIRE RING............ Fire Ring’s are half open for a campfire and other half with a grill that raises & lowers. You’ll have to bring your own charcoal or “duralog” to burn. Because of the Emerald Ash Borer found near our county (Douglas) we will only allow firewood from local sources. You may forage in the wooded area near your campsite for dead and fallen wood if you have trouble locating firewood. NO Chainsaws! The Clinton Marina (clintonmarina.com or 785/749-3222) and some of the local convenience stores sometimes carry bundles of wood for around $5.00.

MAPS.................... Visit the Gallery (camera icon on our parks home page) to see copies of the campground maps with site numbers and types of sites listed.      

If you would like to see a picture of the actual sites - Paste the URL address listed below into your search browser.
Just click on the site number. (Just FYI - Some of these pictures were taken in late fall. You may not get the "complete" picture of what it will look like, but the "jest" of it.)
http://www.reserveamerica.com/campgroundMap.do?selectedSiteRb=7313&contractCode=KS&parkId=519117

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RESERVATIONS FOR CAMPING April - September of 2016 may be done via reserveamerica.com on December 18, 2015.
http://www.reserveamerica.com/campgroundMap.do?selectedSiteRb=7256&contractCode=KS&parkId=519117

Reservations for Legends Triathlon 6/5/16 - will be taken by contacting the Park Office starting on January 6th.   785/842-8562 (8 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

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ZEBRA MUSSELS FOUND IN CLINTON RESERVOIR - TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) has confirmed the presence of zebra mussels in Clinton Reservoir in Douglas County. An adult population was discovered by KDWPT fisheries staff during routine fish sampling activities, and a subsequent survey of other locations around the lake indicated the population was widespread. Twenty-two Kansas lakes have now been confirmed to have zebra mussels. Other reservoirs in northeast Kansas with zebra mussel infestations include Milford, Perry, John Redmond and Melvern.

For information about Clinton Reservoir, visit http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/DistrictLakes/ClintonLake.aspx

For information about Clinton State Park and Wildlife Area, visit www.ksoutdoors.com and click on State Parks.

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  • Our Venomous Snakes have a new home. As many of you know for the past 18 years we've housed three of the most common venomous snakes found on our area. The Timber Rattlesnake, Copperhead and Massasauga Rattlesnake. On 11/13/13 they were donated to the Fort Hays State University Sternberg Museum of Natural History. If your travels takes you out that way, stop in and visit them.

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In the Summer months the Park Office is open on Saturday's! 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (until Oct. 1st) We sell:
• all types of Hunting and Fishing licenses,
• Turkey and Deer tags,
• State Park Annual Permits for your vehicle and camping,
• Reservations for camping or a cabin stay,
• Boat Registration’s

  • Current Lake Information.......If anyone has an immediate need to check the lake conditions you may sign on to the US Army Corps of Engineers "Daily Lake Information" web-site for Clinton Reservoir at: http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/cl/daily.cfM

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Our State Park IS open year round for camping.

For stays April - September you may make your own reservation by visiting the reserveamerica.com website.  Type in our zip code of 66049 to find us the fastest.   Reservations for stays October - March can still be made, just contact us here at the Park Office (Mon - Fri 8 am - 4 p.m.). Payment for your stay will be due at the time of your reservation. 785/842-8562 --------------

Our State Park is located on an 80-foot bluff, so the camping is not near the water, but access to the water may be obtained. In addition to camping facilities, we have a beach area, 4 boat ramps, fish cleaning station, 20 miles of hiking/biking trails, picnic area, 6 shelters, archery range and the Clinton Marina is located here at the State Park. Sites in both campgrounds are flanked by wooded areas on at least 3 sides. (So plenty of shade to go around.) Most sites in either campground are large enough to accommodate up to 70 Ft. trailer.

WINTER MONTHS...   Water at Camp Sites shut off in Mid October to Mid November (weather permitting), but WATER is still available at Frost Free Hydrants, a dump station and a Shower House in each campground.  When you arrive, set up a camping unit in the site of your choice and then check-in & pay at the Park Office, with the Camp Host in campground #3 or use the selfpay station if you arrive after hours.

We have almost 400 campsites and 7 cabins. If you would like set-up your customer profile to help expedite the check-in procedure or make a reservation for a cabin stay, please visit reserveamerica.com Type in 66049 to find us the fastest.

Reservations to CAMP may be done for stays from April – September may be made. (If you would like a specific site from October 1 - March 31st . and it is a reserveable site, you may contact the Park Office to make your reservation.)

Reservations for CABINS may be done up to a year in advance.

Both Camp Hosts are available to take camping fees or sell permits and licenses in April - October. See hours listed below...

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Entrance Booth Hours - (The booth will be staffed for your convenience to purchase daily & annual vehicle permits, annual camping permits, hunting/fishing licenses, Trout Stamps etc.. They do accept: Cash, Check with ID, Visa, Master Card and Discover Credit Cards as payment.)

Monday - Thursday - 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. **** Friday's - Noon p.m. - 11 p.m. *** Saturday's - 7 a.m. - 11 p.m. AND
Sunday's - 8 A.M. - 9 p.m.

Camp Host Hours - (available to take your camping fees, other hunting / fishing licenses and permits. They can also accept: Cash, Check with ID, Visa, Master Card and Discover Credit Cards as payment.)

Campground #1 Host…… (Summer Hours April 15 - October 15)

 Monday’s and Tuesday’s 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.    AND   

 Wednesday's and Thursday's 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

 Friday's - 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
 Saturday's - 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. and then again 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
 Sunday's - 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Campground #3 Host…… (OPEN year round!)

Monday's and Tuesday's  5 p.m. - 8 p.m.      AND     Wednesday's and Thursday's 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
 Friday's - 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
 Saturday's - 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. and then again 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
 Sunday's - 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

REMEMBER..... To expedite the check-in procedure please go to reserveamerica.com and CREATE YOUR OWN CUSTOMER PROFILE. Camping on any site, requires us to enter your account information and payment into our new reservation system. The internet connect at Camp Host sites isn't what we'd like and sometimes it may take a few minutes to navigate through all of the screens of the program. Creating your own profile ahead of time saves us all time so you can get started with your fun right away!

Set up your Customer Profile @ Reserveamerica.com......... We encourage you to go the reservation site to make a reservation OR to setup your customer profile. All camping done in the state park must be entered into this new system. (Reservations AND Walk-in Sites) By having this step done ahead of time, you'll make the check-in procedure much faster. Type in our zip code - 66049 to find us the fastest when making a reservation.

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PLAYGROUND IN CG#3 We installed a new playground in the Fall of 2011 and swing set in spring of 2013 in the campground. It's ready for climbing and FUN!

Come let us help you have a wonderful time @ Clinton Lake!

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PRICING.... The reservation system adds $3.00 to every transaction made when entering in camping fees. To offset this change the Department has lowered your Camping and Utility Cost.

Daily Vehicle permit is $5.00/day

Camping is $7.00/per camping unit (Camping April - September cost is $8.00/unit per day)

30 amp sites with water are an additional $11.00 (We have water available year round - same price year round.)

We do have 75 campsites with 50 amp service. The extra amp charge is $2.00/day ($13.00 total per day for regular utility charge and 50 amps.) No Charge from Oct. 1st to March 31st.

Add up the fees above for the services you'll require and the additional $3 one time transaction fee to get your total for your stay.

Please see the Gallery for maps and pictures!

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK TO SEE MORE PICTURES AND DETAILS.... http://www.facebook.com/ClintonStatePark

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Campground information

Clinton State Park offers 387 improved campsites located in two campgrounds, 240 have water and electricity, the rest are primitive. Regular utility sites have 30amp service while "Prime Sites" have 50amp electric available. Campsites vary in size from smaller primitive campsites, 20'x40' to the larger Prime Sites, 30'x70'. All are outfitted with picnic tables and campfire rings or BBQ grills. As in most campgrounds some sites offer more shade than others, but most are in or near the tree line. The campgrounds at Clinton were built on high bluffs well above the shoreline. This type of development protects the areas from flooding, but makes lake access directly from the campsites difficult if not impossible.

Reservations may be made by visiting reserveamerica.com. (Type in our Zip Code of 66049 to find us the fastest!) The interactive web-site that will provide detailed descriptions and pictures of individual campsites. Sites in both campgrounds may be reserved. All others are on a first come first service basis. Reservations are convenient and guarantee an available campsite, but not particularly necessary except on major holidays. (Reserving on a holiday requires a 5 night stay.)

And there's plenty to do while you're here.

Trails

The park has over 25 miles of multi-use recreation trails, hiking and mountain biking. It is frequently said Clinton offers some of the most technically challenging and physically demanding mountain bike trails in the mid-west.

To round out the biking experience we offer a "Mountain Bike Skills Course". It's a virtual playground for the more technically skilled biker. Similar to a trials course it provides the opportunity to test your finesse with a bit of a thrill as a bonus. Views of the beautiful lake, shoreline and surrounding lands make your hike or bike workout a real sensory treat.

Or, if a leisurely hike or walk is more your taste there are miles of paved road to accommodate you, or a 3/4 mile self guided nature trail through the prairie.

So as not to leave out the "alternative trail enthusiast" we offer a five mile cross country ski trail that's a unique Kansas experience when mother nature cooperates.

Archery

The park has one of the only outdoor archery ranges in the area. Six shooting lanes with soft targets at 20, 40 and 60 yards offer the chance to hone your skills at "target shooting" or for that all important pre-hunting season tune up for you or your equipment.

Disc Golf - IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS.....  

There is a disc golf course located in the park. A 11 hole course with some very challenging tee shots, fairways and greens. It's literally carved through the timber and prairie so, you had better have a keen eye and good spotters or plenty of discs to spare.   We have a designated parking area located near the start / finish of the course.  It's located just past the first dump station after campground #1.   Take the gravel road just past that area and you'll see the parking lot just past that on your right.   At the information stand in the parking area you can get a course map with a score card on the back. 

The Water

Clinton Reservoir has some of the most beautiful water in Kansas, clear, clean and always ready for your boating or fishing fun. A day on Clinton Lake is never a disappointment. Sixteen boat ramp lanes, eight courtesy docks and lighted parking areas make the access a breeze.

If big water fishing isn't your thing there are two smaller ponds in the park. "Lake Henry" is a quiet secluded four acre pond built in the 1940's with healthy populations of sunfish, largemouth bass and channel catfish. And during the trout season its well stocked with trout. The "Prairie Pond" a 3/4 acre kid's only fishing pond stocked with sunfish and channel catffish that guarantees fun for the little fisherman in your group.

You may want to cool off at the beach too. The park has a sand beach and swimming area. It's part of the lake so feel free to moor your boat outside the buoy line or take the trail from the parking lot and get wet.

No commentary on Clinton Lake would be complete without a word about the "Clinton Lake Marina". Located in the state park it's one of the finest marinas in the country. Annual and daily rental boat slips, secure dry storage, a retail shop, boat rentals and a deli round out the operation. The marina is neat and clean it's well kept and professionally operated, you won't find a better selection to fit your boating needs or friendlier service anywhere.

Cabins

As of April 2013 we now have SEVEN cabins available to reserve.... Chicken Creek, Camp Creek, Deer Creek, Coon Creek, Washington Creek, Elk Creek and Wakarusa River Cabins sit atop a high bluff overlooking Clinton Reservoir with a view as far as the eye can see. From the front porch the vistas are stunning; as miles of rugged timbered shoreline roll on beautiful sunsets illuminate a western skyline with Clinton Lake’s solitary “Pelican Island” centered in this breathtaking view.

Faux log siding, a large sitting porch and concrete parking and patio areas come together to create a homey yet rustic appeal. The spacious three room air conditioned and heated cabins offer all the amenities necessary for a comfortable stay. Accommodations include a full service eat in kitchen, 3/4 bath and master bedroom. The One Bedroom cabin features the added pull down twin “Murphy bed” and fold out futon bed the cabin comfortably sleeps six people. Our Two Bedroom cabin (Wakarusa River) will sleep eight people comfortably and features a second bedroom with two sets of bunk beds. All you’ll need to complete the experience are your linens, bed pillows, bath towels, food and toiletries.

Check out the cabin reservation information, rates and procedures at www.reserveamerica.com (Type in our zip code of 66049 to find us the fastest.)

Please see the Gallery for maps and pictures! Or become a Face Book Fan! http://www.facebook.com/ClintonStatePark

BE SURE TO VISIT OUR PARK OFFICE 8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. (Monday - Friday) or 9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. (Saturdays in the summer months) TO SEE LIVE Kansas ANIMALS. We have several different varieties of snakes, turtles and fish to see.  Make a trip soon to our Park Office soon you can see a live specimen.

Please feel free to contact us at by phone at 785-842-8562; on the web at http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/ or via our e-mail address at clintonsp@ksoutdoors.com if we can help any further. Thank you for your interest in Clinton State Park.

General Information
Phone:
Email:
Address:
798 N 1415 Rd
 
Lawrence, KS    66049
County/Counties:
Office Hours:
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday and 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturdays from May - October 15

Park Office phone: 785-842-8562


History

Dedicated in 1975, 1500-acre Clinton State Park is located on the northeast shore of Clinton Reservoir. Four miles from the City of Lawrence, the park serves the neighboring community well. The park’s nearly 600,000 annual visitors travel from across the country, passing through or as their destination. In either case, compliments about the facilities and the natural beauty of the park are common. The balance between recreation areas and natural areas within the park is carefully managed. Wildflowers and prairie grasses divide the turf and then blend gracefully into the timberline. Native wildlife is abundant and easily viewed along park roadways. Whitetail deer, turkeys, waterfowl and songbirds add a rich texture to the sightseeing experience. As the surrounding area becomes more urbanized the importance of the park and the experiences it provides becomes ever more critical in meeting that “need to escape”.

Clinton Areas
Lake Henry
  • Camping Available: No
  • ADA Camping Available: Yes
  • Reservable Sites: No
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    4 acre stocked lake with native game fish and lake trout during season (Oct. 15th - April 15th)

    Lake Henry is stocked with trout every other week during season from October until the water freezes (usually in December) the back up again the first week of February. Check Region 2 stocking report for more details.

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Clinton Marina
  • Camping Available: No
  • ADA Camping Available: Yes
  • Reservable Sites: No
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    private concessionaire. Contact the Clinton Marina 785/749-3222 or via their website www.clintonmarina.com

    They rent pontoon boats.


Handicap access trail
  • Camping Available: No
  • ADA Camping Available: Yes
  • Reservable Sites: No
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    Day use only; turn outs for picnicking and .25 mile asphalt walking trail. Parking Area near Boat Ramp and Restroom Facility.


Boat ramp #3 south
  • Camping Available: No
  • ADA Camping Available: Yes
  • Reservable Sites: Yes
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    day use only reserved for special events. Located at the West end of the State Park past Campground #3 about another mile.


Boat ramp #3 north
  • Camping Available: No
  • ADA Camping Available: Yes
  • Reservable Sites: Yes
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    Day use only reserved for special events, Located at the West end of the State Park past Campground #3 about another mile.


Boat ramp #2
  • Camping Available: No
  • ADA Camping Available: Yes
  • Reservable Sites: Yes
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    Day use only reserved for special events. Located near the Clinton Marina.


Boat ramp #1
  • Camping Available: No
  • ADA Camping Available: Yes
  • Reservable Sites: Yes
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    Day use only. Reserved for special events. South of the Entrance Station / Park Office. Vehicle permit required. $5.00/day or $25.00/year


Beach Area
  • Camping Available: No
  • ADA Camping Available: No
  • Reservable Sites: No
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    Day use only - Find by taking the 5th Left after passing the Park Office. Park at the Parking Lot up top, walk behind the Beach Shower house, and walk the short trail behind the building down 125 stairs to the beach.

    NO driving access down to the beach.

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Picnic Area - Day Use ONLY
  • Camping Available: No
  • ADA Camping Available: Yes
  • Reservable Sites: Yes
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    Day use only. 2 Shelters, Swing Set and Sand Volleyball Pit with net. (Bring your own ball.) 2 Flush Toilet Stations and Kids Only Fishing Pond.

    Shelters #1 & #2 are located in the Picnic Area.... The Special Event fee will be $30.00 for EVEN numbered Shelter's (they have electricity) and $25.00 for ODD numbered Shelters. All shelters are located across the street from a Shower House with flush toilets and have shaded areas with open field for any activities that you have planed.

    Shelter #1 - Located in the Picnic Area (East Side) Has a free standing grill and a swing set near it and is across the street from a flush toilet.

    Shelter#2 - Located in the Picnic Area (West Side) Our most popular Shelter! Has a built in grill pit, swing set near it with a sand volleyball court & flush toilet across the street.

     

    Reserve a Shelter by contacting the State Park Office 785/842-8562. You'll have access from Sun Up to Sun Down with your reservation.

    Please contact Sherri at the Park Office for a Special Event Form to complete & return to our office as soon as possible to ensure your reservation. Once the permit is approved, payment may be taken over the phone or in person. I will email/fax back a confirmation of your reserved area, as soon as I receive your completed form. (Alcohol is allowed, but NO KEGS! Beverages in Cans apposed to Glass containers are preferred.)

     

    Just FYI - each vehicle that enters the State Park must have a Vehicle Permit.

     

    Daily vehicle permit - $5.00/per vehicle per day. Each vehicle will be required to stop at the entrance gate vendor and pay the attendant at the booth or pay in the Park Office. You may pre-purchase daily vehicle permits for your group.

    If you'd like to use a shelter that isn't already reserved you may do that for no additional charge.


Campground #3
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: Yes
  • Reservable Sites: Yes
  • Primitive Camping: 84
  • Water, Electric: 176
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    Campground #3 has over 240 sites available.Half of the sites we have in this campground may be reserved.   To make a reservation, please contact the Park Office or visit reserveamerica.com.  

    You may make a reservation on:

    9 Sites with 50/30/20 Electricity and Water Sites, 40 Camp Sites with 30/20 amp & water and 57 primitive campsites. 

    2 Shower houses are open during season and one with a year round heated shower house with laundry facility. Camp host on staff April - October. Frost Free Hydrants are available year round at the Open dump station and several spigots around the non-utility areas for your use.  The South Shower House in this campground has a laundry facility that is open year round as well. 

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Campground #2
  • Camping Available: No
  • ADA Camping Available: No
  • Reservable Sites: No
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    undeveloped campground - One of the entrances in this area is the parking lot to our beach. Park at the shower house and take the trail down the stairs to the beach.

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Campground #1
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: Yes
  • Reservable Sites: No
  • Primitive Camping: 70
  • Water, Electric: 89
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    Campground #1 has over 160 sites - 30 of the utility sites have 50 amp service for additional charge. 2 Shower houses open during season with camp host on staff from April - October.

    Half of the sites we have in this campground may be reserved.   To make a reservation, please contact the Park Office or visit reserveamerica.com.  

    You may make a reservation on 12 Sites with 50/30/20 Electricity and Water Sites, 11 Camp Sites with 30/20 amp & water and 28 primitive campsites. 

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Clinton Trails
Cross-Country ski trail
  • Trail Season: winter use
  • Length of Trail: 5 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities:
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: N38 56.516 W095 21.263
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    cross-country ski trail


Prairieview Nature trail
  • Trail Season: all season
  • Length of Trail: 0.75 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: N38 56.463 W095 22.704
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    .75 self-guided nature trail


North Shore Trail
  • Trail Season: all season
  • Length of Trail: 25 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Mt. Biking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: 38.936083 -95.35325
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    The North Shore Trails run along the north shore of the lake, from the Overlook Park (Corp of Engineer's daily use area.) through the Clinton State Park.  The trails in this 23 mile system are single track, dirt hiking and biking trails with mile markers.  Each trail is blazed with Blue, White or Red (Shoreline) and connector trails are blazed with two colors corresponding to the trails being connected.   The North Shore Trails pass through an oak and hickory forest as it follows the lake shore. 

    • The Blue trail is 7.9 miles and runs closer to the shoreline or easier access to shore.  It's a easier maneuverable trail.  
    • The White Trail is 12.8 miles and is mostly used for the mountain biker with more inclines and small obstacles to maneuver around.
    • The Red Trail is 1.2 miles for the very advanced mountain biker.   Just enough room for your bike tire and little else in many areas of this stretch of trail. 

Clinton Cabins

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

Reserve Now

Chicken Creek, Camp Creek, Deer Creek, Coon Creek, Washington Creek, Elk Creek & the two bedroom – Wakarusa River Cabins sit atop a high bluff overlooking Clinton Reservoir with a view as far as the eye can see. From the front porch the vistas are stunning; as miles of rugged timbered shoreline roll on beautiful sunsets illuminate a western skyline with Clinton Lake’s solitary “Pelican Island” centered in this breathtaking view.

Terms and conditions of Reserving a Cabin

List of ITEMS that you should plan to bring….

  • Bed linens (2 Full/2 Twin for ONE Bedroom Cabins and 2 full / 6 Twin for TWO Bedroom Cabin), blankets and pillows.
  • Bath towels
  • Personal care items
  • Spices, condiments, all of your food and beverages
  • Charcoal for outside grilling & campfire wood for fire ring  
  • Firewood must be purchased or collected LOCALLY!  A recent issue near our county with an invasive beetle - the Emerald Ash Borer, has caused the State to issue the ban to preserve our tree population.  More detailed information can be found by going to: www.emeraldashborer.info      The Clinton Marina usually has firewood for sale along with a couple of convenience stores within a couple of miles from here.  To contact the Clinton Marina -  785/749-3222.   You may also forage in the timber near your campsite for dead and fallen small branches and sticks.

F.Y.I. – No dressers or night stands in the bedroom but they do have a shelf with hanging rod.  Hangers are not provided.

Television, internet and phone services are not provided.

Our cabins offer all the convenience of home, enjoyment of nature and Lake Activities. All Cabins are ADA compliant and are comfortably equipped with the following.

  • Air-Conditioned & Heated, Full Size Bed, Futon (in front room), Murphy Bed (1 bedroom cabins), 2 Sets of Bunk Beds (2 bedroom cabin), Couch (in bedroom), Bathroom with Shower, Full Kitchen with Utensils & Cookware, Dining Table, Ceiling Fans, Microwave, Toaster, Coffee Pot, Picnic Table, Grill, Fire Ring

#3 Deer Creek Cabin
  • Type of Facility: Cabin
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N38 55.789 W95 21.462
  • This Facility is Reservable. Check availability and reserve #3 Deer Creek Cabin
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    Deer Creek Cabin is the third cabin as you enter the area, and this one-bedroom cabin has a great view of the lake from its porch. All cabins have concrete parking and patio areas with picnic tables and grills, as well as large campfire rings.

    The cabins are outfitted nicely inside, too. Each has a refrigerator/freezer, four-burner electric stove/oven, microwave, toaster, coffee pot and all the utensils you'll need.

    • Bathrooms are comfortable with a walk-in showers, vanities, mirrors and flush commodes.
    • The master bedroom include full beds and sofa. The futon in the living area fold down to full-size bed. The living area also include a pull-down twin Murphy bed.

    All you need to bring is your bedding and towels, as well as food and beverages.

    The state park is located on a bluff 80 feet above the water, but there are several places on the trail system that will get you close to the lake shore.

    Two access points to the North Shore Hiking/Biking trails are nearby.

    • Just east of the Wakarusa River cabin, you can access the trail system. There is an eagle blind in the wooded area near there, and you’ll have a great view of the Clinton Marina Cove. The marina offers slip and boat rental and can be contacted by calling 785/749-3222 or visiting clintonmarina.co. Anglers will find convenient access to the lake shore.
    • Trails can also be reached by following the red handrail west of the shelter near the entrance of the cabin area, across from the shower house. Steps lead down to the hiking/biking trails. The White Trail is marked with paint on trees and leads to the easier Blue Trail, which takes hikers closer to the water. The Red Trail is more difficult; please use caution.
    • At most entrances to the hiking/biking trails, there will be trail maps to help you keep track of where you are and what you might see in that area. A master copy of that map will also be in your Welcome Packet we’ll leave in the cabin for you. It’s really quiet and beautiful on the trails. Keep an eye out for wildlife and enjoy this awesome addition to the state park. Don't forget sunscreen and bug spray before heading out on the trails

    A reminder if you stay with us: NO PETS are allowed in or around the cabins and NO SMOKING allowed inside the cabins!

    Check In and Out Times

    • Check in time is 2:00 p.m.       
    • Check out time is Noon

    Entry Key Codes

    Door Entry Codes will be the last four of your reservation number.


#4 Coon Creek Cabin
  • Type of Facility: Cabin
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N38 55.787 W95 21.524
  • This Facility is Reservable. Check availability and reserve #4 Coon Creek Cabin
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    The fourth cabin is Coon Creek Cabin, a one-bedroom cabin with a great view of the lake from its porch. All cabins have concrete parking and patio areas with picnic tables and grills, as well as large campfire rings.

    The cabins are outfitted nicely inside, too. Each has a refrigerator/freezer, four-burner electric stove/oven, microwave, toaster, coffee pot and all the utensils you'll need.

    • Bathrooms are  comfortable with a walk-in showers, vanities, mirrors and flush commodes.
    • The master bedrooms include full beds and sofas. The futons in the living areas fold down to full-size beds. The living areas also include pull-down twin Murphy beds.

    All you need to bring is your bedding and towels, as well as food and beverages.

    The state park is located on a bluff 80 feet above the water, but there are several places on the trail system that will get you close to the lake shore.

    Two access points to the North Shore Hiking/Biking trails are nearby.

    • Just east of the Wakarusa River cabin, you can access the trail system. There is an eagle blind in the wooded area near there, and you’ll have a great view of the Clinton Marina Cove. The marina offers slip and boat rental and can be contacted by calling 785/749-3222 or visiting clintonmarina.co. Anglers will find convenient access to the lake shore.
    • Trails can also be reached by following the red handrail west of the shelter near the entrance of the cabin area, across from the shower house. Steps lead down to the hiking/biking trails. The White Trail is marked with paint on trees and leads to the easier Blue Trail, which takes hikers closer to the water. The Red Trail is more difficult; please use caution.
    • At most entrances to the hiking/biking trails, there will be trail maps to help you keep track of where you are and what you might see in that area. A master copy of that map will also be in your Welcome Packet we’ll leave in the cabin for you. It’s really quiet and beautiful on the trails. Keep an eye out for wildlife and enjoy this awesome addition to the state park. Don't forget sunscreen and bug spray before heading out on the trails

    A reminder if you stay with us: NO PETS are allowed in or around the cabins and NO SMOKING allowed inside the cabins!

    Check In and Out Times 

    • Check in time is 2:00 p.m.         
    • Check out time is Noon

    Entry Key Codes

    Door Entry Codes will be the last four of your reservation number. 


#5 Washington Creek Cabin
  • Type of Cabin: Modern Cabin
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N38 55.791 W95 21.485
  • This Facility is Reservable. Check availability and reserve #5 Washington Creek Cabin
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    Fifth in line is the Washington Creek Cabin, which is a one-bedroom cabin with a great view of the lake from its porch. All cabins have concrete parking and patio areas with picnic tables and grills, as well as large campfire rings.

    The cabins are outfitted nicely inside, too. Each has a refrigerator/freezer, four-burner electric stove/oven, microwave, toaster, coffee pot and all the utensils you'll need.

    • Bathrooms are  comfortable with a walk-in showers, vanities, mirrors and flush commodes.
    • The master bedrooms include full beds and sofas. The futons in the living areas fold down to full-size beds. The living areas also include pull-down twin Murphy beds.

    All you need to bring is your bedding and towels, as well as food and beverages.

    The state park is located on a bluff 80 feet above the water, but there are several places on the trail system that will get you close to the lake shore.

    Two access points to the North Shore Hiking/Biking trails are nearby.

    • Just east of the Wakarusa River cabin, you can access the trail system. There is an eagle blind in the wooded area near there, and you’ll have a great view of the Clinton Marina Cove. The marina offers slip and boat rental and can be contacted by calling 785/749-3222 or visiting clintonmarina.co. Anglers will find convenient access to the lake shore.
    • Trails can also be reached by following the red handrail west of the shelter near the entrance of the cabin area, across from the shower house. Steps lead down to the hiking/biking trails. The White Trail is marked with paint on trees and leads to the easier Blue Trail, which takes hikers closer to the water. The Red Trail is more difficult; please use caution.
    • At most entrances to the hiking/biking trails, there will be trail maps to help you keep track of where you are and what you might see in that area. A master copy of that map will also be in your Welcome Packet we’ll leave in the cabin for you. It’s really quiet and beautiful on the trails. Keep an eye out for wildlife and enjoy this awesome addition to the state park. Don't forget sunscreen and bug spray before heading out on the trails

    A reminder if you stay with us: NO PETS are allowed in or around the cabins and NO SMOKING allowed inside the cabins!

    Check In and Out Times

    • Check in time is 2:00 p.m.          
    • Check out time is Noon

    Entry Key Codes

    Door Entry Codes will be the last four of your reservation number. 


#6 Elk Creek Cabin
  • Type of Cabin: Modern Cabin
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N38 55.787 W95 21.524
  • This Facility is Reservable. Check availability and reserve #6 Elk Creek Cabin
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    Elk Creek Cabin is the sixth cabin as you enter the area. And this one-bedroom cabin has a great view of the lake from its porch. All cabins have concrete parking and patio areas with picnic tables and grills, as well as large campfire rings.

    The cabins are outfitted nicely inside, too. Each has a refrigerator/freezer, four-burner electric stove/oven, microwave, toaster, coffee pot and all the utensils you'll need.

    • Bathrooms are  comfortable with a walk-in showers, vanities, mirrors and flush commodes.
    • The master bedroom include full bed and sofa. The futon in the living areas fold down to full-size bed. The living area also includes pull-down twin Murphy beds.

    All you need to bring is your bedding and towels, as well as food and beverages.

    The state park is located on a bluff 80 feet above the water, but there are several places on the trail system that will get you close to the lake shore.

    Two access points to the North Shore Hiking/Biking trails are nearby.

    • Just east of the Wakarusa River cabin, you can access the trail system. There is an eagle blind in the wooded area near there, and you’ll have a great view of the Clinton Marina Cove. The marina offers slip and boat rental and can be contacted by calling 785/749-3222 or visiting clintonmarina.co. Anglers will find convenient access to the lake shore.
    • Trails can also be reached by following the red handrail west of the shelter near the entrance of the cabin area, across from the shower house. Steps lead down to the hiking/biking trails. The White Trail is marked with paint on trees and leads to the easier Blue Trail, which takes hikers closer to the water. The Red Trail is more difficult; please use caution.
    • At most entrances to the hiking/biking trails, there will be trail maps to help you keep track of where you are and what you might see in that area. A master copy of that map will also be in your Welcome Packet we’ll leave in the cabin for you. It’s really quiet and beautiful on the trails. Keep an eye out for wildlife and enjoy this awesome addition to the state park. Don't forget sunscreen and bug spray before heading out on the trails

    A reminder if you stay with us: NO PETS are allowed in or around the cabins and NO SMOKING allowed inside the cabins!

    Check In and Out Times

    • Check in time is 2:00 p.m.
    • Check out time is Noon

#2 Camp Creek Cabin
  • Type of Cabin: Modern Cabin
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N38 55.776 W095 21.581
  • This Facility is Reservable. Check availability and reserve #2 Camp Creek Cabin
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    The one-bedroom Camp Creek Cabin is the second Cabin as you enter into the are and has a great view of the lake from its porch. All cabins have concrete parking and patio areas with picnic tables and grills, as well as large campfire rings.

    The cabins are outfitted nicely inside, too. Each has a refrigerator/freezer, four-burner electric stove/oven, microwave, toaster, coffee pot and all the utensils you'll need.

    • Bathrooms are comfortable with a walk-in showers, vanities, mirrors and flush commodes.
    • The master bedrooms include full beds and sofas. The futons in the living areas fold down to full-size beds. The living areas also include pull-down twin Murphy beds.

    All you need to bring is your bedding and towels, as well as food and beverages.

    The state park is located on a bluff 80 feet above the water, but there are several places on the trail system that will get you close to the lake shore.

    Two access points to the North Shore Hiking/Biking trails are nearby.

    • Just east of the Wakarusa River cabin, you can access the trail system. There is an eagle blind in the wooded area near there, and you’ll have a great view of the Clinton Marina Cove. The marina offers slip and boat rental and can be contacted by calling 785/749-3222 or visiting clintonmarina.co. Anglers will find convenient access to the lake shore.
    • Trails can also be reached by following the red handrail west of the shelter near the entrance of the cabin area, across from the shower house. Steps lead down to the hiking/biking trails. The White Trail is marked with paint on trees and leads to the easier Blue Trail, which takes hikers closer to the water. The Red Trail is more difficult; please use caution.
    • At most entrances to the hiking/biking trails, there will be trail maps to help you keep track of where you are and what you might see in that area. A master copy of that map will also be in your Welcome Packet we’ll leave in the cabin for you. It’s really quiet and beautiful on the trails. Keep an eye out for wildlife and enjoy this awesome addition to the state park. Don't forget sunscreen and bug spray before heading out on the trails

    A reminder if you stay with us: NO PETS are allowed in or around the cabins and NO SMOKING allowed inside the cabins!

    Check In and Out Times

    •  Check in time is 2:00 p.m.
    •  Check out time is Noon

    Entry Key Codes

    The entry code will be the last four digits of your reservation number.

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#1 Chicken Creek
  • Type of Cabin: Modern Cabin
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N38 55.779 W095 21.556
  • This Facility is Reservable. Check availability and reserve #1 Chicken Creek
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    Just a short drive from the main entrance road, a gravel driveway leads up to the cabin area. The first cabin you'll see is Chicken Creek Cabin, a one-bedroom cabin with a great view of the lake from its porch. All cabins have concrete parking and patio areas with picnic tables and grills, as well as large campfire rings.

    The cabins are outfitted nicely inside, too. Each has a refrigerator/freezer, four-burner electric stove/oven, microwave, toaster, coffee pot and all the utensils you'll need.

    • Bathrooms are comfortable with a walk-in showers, vanities, mirrors and flush commodes.
    • The master bedroom include full beds and sofa. The futon in the living area fold down to full-size bed. The living area also include a pull-down twin Murphy bed.

    All you need to bring is your bedding and towels, as well as food and beverages.

    The state park is located on a bluff 80 feet above the water, but there are several places on the trail system that will get you close to the lake shore.

    Two access points to the North Shore Hiking/Biking trails are nearby.

    • Just east of the Wakarusa River cabin, you can access the trail system. There is an eagle blind in the wooded area near there, and you’ll have a great view of the Clinton Marina Cove. The marina offers slip and boat rental and can be contacted by calling 785/749-3222 or visiting clintonmarina.co. Anglers will find convenient access to the lake shore.
    • Trails can also be reached by following the red handrail west of the shelter near the entrance of the cabin area, across from the shower house. Steps lead down to the hiking/biking trails. The White Trail is marked with paint on trees and leads to the easier Blue Trail, which takes hikers closer to the water. The Red Trail is more difficult; please use caution.
    • At most entrances to the hiking/biking trails, there will be trail maps to help you keep track of where you are and what you might see in that area. A master copy of that map will also be in your Welcome Packet we’ll leave in the cabin for you. It’s really quiet and beautiful on the trails. Keep an eye out for wildlife and enjoy this awesome addition to the state park. Don't forget sunscreen and bug spray before heading out on the trails

    A reminder if you stay with us: NO PETS are allowed in or around the cabins and NO SMOKING allowed inside the cabins!

    Check In and Out Times

    • Check in time is 2:00 p.m.       
    • Check out time is Noon

    Entry Key Codes

    Door Entry Codes will be the last four of your reservation number. 

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#7 Wakarusa River Cabin
  • Type of Facility: Modern 2 Bedroom Cabin
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N38 55.784 W95 21.390
  • This Facility is Reservable. Check availability and reserve #7 Wakarusa River Cabin
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    The last cabin is the Wakarusa Valley Cabin, which is a two-bedroom cabin with a great view of the lake from the cabin porch. All cabins have concrete parking and patio areas with picnic tables and grills, as well as large campfire rings.

    The cabins are outfitted nicely inside, too. Each has a refrigerator/freezer, four-burner electric stove/oven, microwave, toaster, coffee pot and all the utensils you'll need.

    • Bathrooms are comfortable with a walk-in showers, vanities, mirrors and flush commodes.
    • The master bedrooms include full beds and sofa. The futon in the living areas fold down to full-size beds.
    • The second bedroom off of the kitchen/living room area has two sets of bunk beds.

    All you need to bring is your bedding and towels, as well as food and beverages.

    The state park is located on a bluff 80 feet above the water, but there are several places on the trail system that will get you close to the lake shore.

    Two access points to the North Shore Hiking/Biking trails are nearby.

    • Just east of the Wakarusa River cabin, you can access the trail system. There is an eagle blind in the wooded area near there, and you’ll have a great view of the Clinton Marina Cove. The marina offers slip and boat rental and can be contacted by calling 785/749-3222 or visiting clintonmarina.co. Anglers will find convenient access to the lake shore.
    • Trails can also be reached by following the red handrail west of the shelter near the entrance of the cabin area, across from the shower house. Steps lead down to the hiking/biking trails. The White Trail is marked with paint on trees and leads to the easier Blue Trail, which takes hikers closer to the water. The Red Trail is more difficult; please use caution.
    • At most entrances to the hiking/biking trails, there will be trail maps to help you keep track of where you are and what you might see in that area. A master copy of that map will also be in your Welcome Packet we’ll leave in the cabin for you. It’s really quiet and beautiful on the trails. Keep an eye out for wildlife and enjoy this awesome addition to the state park. Don't forget sunscreen and bug spray before heading out on the trails

    A reminder if you stay with us: NO PETS are allowed in or around the cabins and NO SMOKING allowed inside the cabins!

    Check In and Out Times

    • Check in time is 2:00 p.m.
    • Check out time is Noon

    Entry Key Codes

     The door entry code will be the last four didgets of your reservation number. 


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This form allows you to email Clinton 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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Wildlife Viewing

Home of the bald eagle!  In 1989 Clinton Lake generated statewide headlines when a pair of bald eagles nested in the Deer Creek arm of the reservoir. This was the first nesting in Kansas since pioneer days. The birds have returned annually to the highly protected aerie. High limestone bluffs, clear water, wooded shorelines, tallgrass prairie, croplands, and miles of hiking and camping trails make this one of the most remarkable recreation and wildlife-viewing sites in Kansas. Start your visit at the Corps of Engineers Information Center. A walk on the Backwoods Nature Trail will give you the opportunity to learn about the natural history of this area. Visit the dam and its overlook on the north end, drive through the Clinton Wildlife Area in the upper reaches of the reservoir, and walk the various hiking trails. The prairie blooms from spring to fall with prairie violets, Missouri evening primrose, lead plant, butterfly milkweed, Baldwin's ironweed, and dozens of other wildflowers. Bullfrogs and painted turtles are found in the wetlands in summer. Look for slender glass lizards along the bluebird trail. Squirrels, foxes, coyotes, white-tailed deer, bobcats, beaver, and mink are sighted year-round. Nesting birds include Canada geese, wood ducks, red-bellied woodpeckers, rose-breasted grosbeaks, mourning doves, eastern bluebirds, red-tailed hawks, and American kestrels. Eight trails in the vicinity of the lake can be experienced by avid hikers and naturalists.