Clinton State Park News

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.

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Memorial Weekend is fast approaching.   We no longer have any reserveable UTILITY campsites for the upcoming holiday weekend. All other sites will be on a first come first served basis. You must have a CAMPING UNIT on the site and be able to visit the campground host between 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. to check-in and pay for the days your camper or tent is occupying the site.  We have almost 400 campsites and half of those can be reserved. 

We have 15 first come first serve utility sites open as of 3:00 p.m. this afternoon.  

***Year round Entrance Gate Attendant NEEDED....  

We are in need of a year round Entrance Gate Attendant. Taking applications until May 31st. Looking for a detail orientated person who is great with customers and has computer experience. This individual must be able to work the hours listed below and have day time training availability hours.

Seasonal Entrance Gate Clerk   

Clinton State Park is looking for a two person team for information & sales at the Park Entrance Station  for the 2016 camping season.  (April 1st – Oct 30th)    This position has the option to work during winter months as well. 

BENEFITS: A campsite with utilities

Entrance Gate Clerk Hours

Saturday’s – 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.  (Must be two person team)

Monday’s – 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  (Can just be one person.)

If interested please contact us for details about duties and requirements.  

(Plus extended Holiday & Special Event hours as scheduled.)

There will be mandatory training period at the State Office prior to starting.     

For more information, contact us at 785-842-8562 or e-mail


Legends Tri- Camping Reservation are still available. - FYI - Call the Park Office to make your reservations.   We have spots available.   Park Office Hours 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday Those camping reservations will be for camping in Campground #3 (The Run Route). Staying between June 1 and June 8.
Phone Calls ONLY please! 785-842-8562 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (M-F) We have only one phone line, so please be patient.

A two night minimum stay is required. (If you stay Friday and Saturday you’ll have until 6 p.m. on Sunday to vacate the campsite before you’ll be required to pay another day’s fees with the campground host.)

A maximum of three (3) campsites may be reserved by each person. Payment will be taken at the time of your reservation by using a Visa, Master Card or Discover Credit Card.

Required Information… If you aren’t already in the State of Kansas database we will be required to have the following information so that we may create you a new account. Once you’re in the system, you’ll be able to make future purchases easily by using the computer generated **KDWPT#, your name or phone number. We’ll not have to ask for this personal information in the future. This State of Kansas database is a very secure program and your information will not to be disclosed. •KDWPT# or Social Security Number•Name*Address•Phone #•Email Address

Cost....Non-Utility Primitive camp site..... (Just a Picnic Table and a Fire Ring) - $55.00 - Allows a two night stay for up to 3 tents and 2 vehicles at the site. - Additional nights will be $26.00.

Utility Sites with 20/30 amp Electricity Hookups with Water - $77.00 Allows a two night stay for a camper and tent or two tents plus 2 vehicles at the site. - Additional nights will be $37.00.

Utility Sites with 50/30/20 amp Electricity Hookups with Water - $81.00 Allows a two night stay for a camper and tent or two tents plus 2 vehicles at the site. - Additional nights will be $39.00.


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.)


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!


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.   


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!


 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!


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 with the child’s name and date of birth.    Hope to see you there!


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!


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!.


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.

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
 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

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!


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 ( 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.)


RESERVATIONS FOR CAMPING April - September of 2016 may be done via on December 18, 2015.

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.)


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

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


  • 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.


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:


Our State Park IS open year round for camping.

For stays April - September you may make your own reservation by visiting the 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 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...


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 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 @ 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.


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!


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!



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 (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.


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.


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.


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 (Type in our zip code of 66049 to find us the fastest.)

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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 or via our e-mail address at if we can help any further. Thank you for your interest in Clinton State Park.