El Dorado Calendar


Kansas Walleye Tournament

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

Type: Competitive walleye fishing tournament

Date: Sunday, April 24, 2016

Contact: KS Walleye Association

Phone No: 620-899-0222

Time: 5:00 am - 4:00 pm

Other Information:

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

Tournament April 24th- Bluestem Boat Ramp #2


Storm the Dam

Location: El Dorado State Park

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

Date: Saturday, June 04, 2016

Contact: Oz Endurance

Phone No: 316.516.5145

Time: 6:00 am - 1:00 pm

Other Information:

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

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


Lantern Fest 2016

Location: El Dorado State Park - WR Area

Type: El Dorado CVB

Date: Saturday, June 11, 2016

Contact: Jen Cook

Phone No: 316-321-9100

Time: 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Other Information:

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

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

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

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


Gates open at 3pm. 

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


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

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

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


El Dorado Lake Triathlon

Location: El Dorado State Park

Type: Race

Date: Sunday, June 12, 2016

Contact: Oz Endurance

Phone No: 316.516.5145

Time: 7:00 am - 11:00 am

Other Information:

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

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

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


Friend of El Dorado Lake Mud Run & Garden Tractor Pull

Location: El Dorado State Park

Type: Mud Run

Date: Saturday, June 25, 2016

Contact: Randy Buell

Phone No: 3163217180

Time: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Other Information:

Admission - $10 Adult

11 and under Free

Admission includes your Park vehicle permit!

Racing starts at NOON

Garden Tractor Pull starts at 1:00pm.


The Tiara Triathlon

Location: El Dorado State Park

Type: Race

Date: Saturday, August 27, 2016

Contact: Oz Endurance

Phone No: 316.516.5145

Time: 7:30 am - 11:00 am

Other Information:

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

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


Kansas BASS Nation

Location: El Dorado State Park

Type: Black Bass Tournament

Date: Sunday, September 18, 2016

Contact: Joel Porter

Phone No: 620-433-0121

Time: 6:00 am - 2:00 pm

Other Information:

This is a Black Bass Tournament! Shady Creek Marina


OK Kids Day

Location: El Dorado State Park - BS Point Area 7

Type: Free Outdoor Events for Kids

Date: Saturday, October 01, 2016

Contact: Tyler Burt

Phone No: 316-321-7180

Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Other Information:

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