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Located on the Prairie Trail Scenic Byway northwest of Marquette along K-141, about 5 miles north of the K-4/K-141 junction (or) about 7 miles south of the K-140/K-141 junction east of Ellsworth

The first state park in Kansas, Kanopolis State Park is situated in the rolling hills, bluffs and woods of the scenic Smoky Hills region of the state. From the towering Dakota sandstone bluffs to the caves and crevices of Horsethief Canyon, the park and surrounding area offer rugged beauty and stunning vistas. The park is split into two areas north and south of the dam and there are two federal parks, as well.

Kanopolis offers more than 30 miles of trails open to hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders, 15 of which are on the Smoky Hill Wildlife Area. The 3,500-acre lake and 12,500-acre wildlife area provide anglers and hunters abundant fish and game. Nestled near the Smoky Hill River toward the northwest portion of the wildlife area is Faris Caves, which were carved by early pioneers and served as milk house, school house, and living quarters.

Wildlife viewing and photography opportunities are plentiful. In the winter, bald eagles and ospreys fish the river. Songbirds and wildflowers brighten the landscape throughout the area.

Kanopolis State Park also manages nearby Mushroom Rock State Park, a picnic area with unusual geologic formations that amaze first-time and return visitors alike.

Phone:
Address:
200 Horsethief Rd.
Marquette,KS    67464
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Park News - Updated: 04/21/2015
Kanopolis camper

Camping at Kanopolis State Park

Kanopolis State Park Open House and Free Entrance Day
Come help us kick off the 2015 Camping Season with our Open House, Saturday, April 25th. Our park office will be open 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM for customers to purchase permits and licenses. We will also have a cabin open from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM for tours. We will also have guided trail hikes of Buffalo Track Canyon Nature Trail. Guided tours will start at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM leaving from the Kanopolis State Park office.

ONLINE RESERVATION SYSTEM--Campsite reservations for Eagle Point, Rockin' K, Sandstone, Sumac, Switchgrass and Yucca can be made online at www.reserveamerica.com. Eagle Point, Sandstone, Sumac, Switchgrass & Yucca may be reserved for the months of April-September, from October-March they are walk-in only sites. Rockin' K may be reserved for the months of April-October, from November-March they are walk-in only sites. Vehicle permits must be purchased separately from the campsite reservation.

Lake Level and Trail Information: The lake is currently 0.99 feet above conservation pool.

Kanopolis-dog walker

Walking a dog on the trail

Gate One on our equestrian and mountain bike trail is OPEN. 

FACILITIES UPDATE: All park facilities are open for the season (4.21.2015).

SEASONAL CAMPING-- Seasonal camping is available at Kanopolis on a month-to-month basis. Costs are determined by the number of utilities available at the site. Seasonal contracts are available at the park office. Remember, all campsites must be attended at least once in every 24-hour period.

Kanopolis cabin-Arapaho cabin with walkway

Kanopolis cabin-Arapaho cabin with walkway

CABINS -- Cabin rentals have been a hot item here. Call or go online to book a date for your getaway time at the lake. --There are currently six, one-bedroom cabins available to rent year-round. Each cabin sleeps five to six people. Kitchen utensils, dishes, pots and pans are provided. You will need to bring your own bedding, pillows, shower supplies, and towels. Reservations can be made up to one year in advance. You may go to www.reserveamerica.com to see what's available and make reservations. If you'd like to go through the park office, please call (785) 546-2565, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday to make your reservations. Pictures taken of the inside of the cabin are available on this website. Just click on the "photos" icon at the top of the Kanopolis page and scroll down to view. Please remember, there is NO SMOKING and NO PETS allowed in the cabins at Kanopolis State Park.

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Kanopolis Tower Harbor Marina

The Kanopolis Tower Harbor Marina

Kanopolis Tower Harbor Marina, located in the Langley Point Area, is a full-service marina, providing boat slips for rent, bait, fishing tackle, boat repair and convenience items. Contact Kanopolis Tower Harbor Marina at (785) 546-2324.

Office Hours: Generally, our office is open during the week, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. During the summer, Memorial Day to Labor Day, we are also open on the weekends. Should you need permits or licenses when the office is closed, they may be purchased at the local bait shops or via online sales on this website. If you need help reserving one of our cabins or campsites, please call the office during our normal business hours Monday through Friday.

Trail riders at Kanopolis State Park

Trail riders at Kanopolis State Park

Daily vehicle permits are required for all events at Kanopolis State Park. If you have questions about this or any other program at Kanopolis State Park, you may email the park office by clicking the "Email Kanopolis" link in the left menu or by clicking HERE.

General Information
Phone:
Address:
200 Horsethief Rd.
 
Marquette, KS    67464
County/Counties:

Park Office – (785) 546-2565


History

Kanopolis State Park started it all. The first Kansas state park has drawn visitors to eastern Ellsworth County since 1955. Situated in the rolling hills, bluffs and woods of the scenic Smoky Hills region of Kansas, Kanopolis is located 33 miles southwest of Salina.

Kanopolis Areas
Langley Point
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: Yes
  • Reservable Sites: Yes
  • Primitive Camping: 105
  • Water, Sewer, Electric: 16
  • Water, Electric: 31
  • Electric: 41

Horsethief
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: Yes
  • Reservable Sites: Yes
  • Water, Electric: 13
  • Electric: 32

Kanopolis Trails
Kanopolis Multi-use Trails Alum Creek Trails Access from Trailheads A,B,C & D
  • Trail Season: Feb. 1st thru Oct. 31st
  • Length of Trail: 8.30000019073486 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Horse Riding, Mt. Biking
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: N38 39.321' W098 00.100'
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    These two trails form an 8.3 mile loop across pastures, through canyons, trees and along creeks. There are two minor water crossings. This portion of the trails is easy to moderate in difficulty. There are two short cuts which will make the distance of the loop 5.5 miles. Use caution when traveling this far from the trailheads; there is no short or easy way back once you get to the Alum Creek Trails.


Kanopolis Multi-Use Trails Prairie Trails Access From Trailheads A,B,C & D
  • Trail Season: Feb. 1st thru Oct. 31st
  • Length of Trail: 6 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Horse Riding, Mt. Biking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: N38 39.321 W098 00.100
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    Two trails, which are referred to as the Prairie Trails, connect the Horsethief Canyon Trails to the Alum Creek Trails. These trails are easy to moderate in difficulty with one common water crossing, and a short cut. The Prairie Trails will take you to Red Rocks Canyon, a breathtaking Kansas Canyon lined with red sandstone.


Kanopolis Multi-Use Trails Horsethief Canyon Trails Can be accessed at Trailheads A,B,C & D
  • Trail Season: Year-around
  • Length of Trail: 5.5 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Horse Riding, Mt. Biking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: N38 39.321' W098 00.100'
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    Two sections of the trail system, referred to as the Horsethief Canyon trails, connect the Rockin' K Trails to the Prairie Trails. The orange Horsethief Canyon Trail is one of the more difficult trails in the trail system. It has three relatively easy water crossings, but the trail is narrow in spots and goes in and out of rocky canyons. The blue Horsethief Canyon Trail is short and easy but has three water crossings that can present a challenge. These crossings can be very deep.


Kanopolis Multi-Use Trails Rockin' K Trails Access from Trailhead A & D
  • Trail Season: Year-around
  • Length of Trail: 4 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Horse Riding, Mt. Biking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: N38 39.321' W098 00.100'
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    Two 2 mile sections of the trail system are called the Rockin' K Trails. This section of the trails connect the Rockin' K Horse Campground and the Rockwall Campground to the the main trail system. These are relatively easy trails.


Split Boulder Trail
  • Trail Season: Year-around
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Mt. Biking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: N38 39.163 W98 00.070
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    Built in part by an Eagle Scout and Team LATRR, a Mountian bike club out of Lindsborg Kansas. The Split Boulder Trail is a 2 mile beginner or training trail for mountain bikes and a walking trail. This trail show cases some unusual boulders known as concreations, and many scenic views of the lake.


Wildife Viewing Area
  • Trail Season: Year-around
  • Length of Trail: 0.610000014305115 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • This trail is ADA accessible
  • Location of Start: N38 38.786' W097 59.390'
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    The Kanopolis Wildlife Viewing Area consists of forty acres within Kanopolis State Park Horsethief Area. Just west of the park office, it features 0.6 miles of surfaced ADA accessible trail circling through a marsh and around two ponds, five photo blinds and an observation deck. The Wildlife Viewing Area offers opportunities for birders, photographers, and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages.


Buffalo Track Canyon Nature Trail
  • Trail Season: Year-around
  • Length of Trail: 0.949999988079071 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: N38 40.309' W097 59.975'
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    Enjoy a walk on the trail to observe native plants, wildlife, and the geology of the canyon. The .95 mile (one way) trail follows Bison Creek, which once watered buffalo and the wild horses. Numbered posts along the trail correspond to numbers in the Buffalo Tracks Canyon brochure which is available at the park office, information shelters, gatehouses and local vendors.


Kanopolis Cabins

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

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Kanopolis Wyatt Earp cabin

Kanopolis Wyatt Earp cabin

Kanopolis State Park is offering six deluxe cabins as a year-round alternative camping opportunity. These are especially beneficial for individuals who enjoy the park experience but would rather not “rough it.” The cabins feature easy access to the reservoir’s fishing, boating, water-skiing, etc. opportunities. They are also close to Smoky Hill Wildlife Area which offers excellent hunting opportunities in the area. The Arapaho cabin is partially handicap accessible; the Cheyenne cabin is not handicap accessible, having only steps, and the remainder of the cabins are fully handicap accessible.

Our cabins are arranged in the following order from east to west in the Little Bluestem Cabin Area in the Langley Point Area (South Shore) of the State Park:

Each cabin is heated/air-conditioned, sleeps five to six people (one full-size bed, a full-size futon, a pull-down--“Murphy-type" twin-size bed and a couch), comes with a full kitchen (refrigerator, stove, microwave, dishes, pots, pans and

Kanopolis cabin kitchen

Kanopolis cabin kitchen

coffee pot), as well as table and chairs. Beds are fitted with mattresses only; you will need to bring your own bedding (full size sheets), pillows, soap, shampoo and towels. There is no television, and no internet or telephone hookups. Check in times are 2 p.m. or after and check out times are at noon everyday, year-round.

Exterior amenities include a picnic table, fire ring, charcoal grill (you must bring your own charcoal), dog kennel with dog house, water hydrant, and an excellent view of the lake. Please leave the cabins in the same condition as you found them for the next visitors. We invite you to write in the journal located in the cabin and tell us and the next visitors where you are from and about the Kanopolis State Park experience you had. (Please keep it “G” rated). Smoking and pets are not allowed inside the cabins.

Reservations are accepted via telephone, on the internet at http://www.reserveamerica.com , or in person at our office on a first-come, first-served basis. Prices are subject to change.

  • $95.00/day in-season (April 1 through September 30) weekend rates
  • $85.00/day off-season (October 1 through March 31) weekend rates
  • $75.00/day Sunday through Thursday year-round
  • Weekly rates are $450.00 in-season and $375.00 off-season (7 consecutive nights)

We are now able to accept reservations for up to one year in advance. You may make reservations by going online at https://www.reserveamerica.com. All online reservations require payment by credit card. Telephone reservations require payment by credit card for the total rental fee plus a non-refundable reservation fee. In addition, a daily vehicle permit is required unless the renter has a current annual vehicle permit. Cabin renters shall be responsible for full payment of any damages incurred during length of stay. You must be 18 or older to reserve and rent a cabin. Our cabins have keyless locks. You must call the park office at least two days prior to your arrival date to receive your key code.

Cancellations: the cabin reservation fee is non-refundable. Cancellation 30 or more days prior to arrival date results in a 100% refund minus the reservation fee. Cancellation 29 to 5 days prior to arrival date results in a refund minus one night rental fee and reservation fee. Cancellation 4 days or less prior to arrival date or after arrival date will result in all fees being forfeited.

Arapaho
  • Type of Cabin: Modern Cabin
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N38 36.213 W 097 58.477
  • This Facility is Reservable. Check availability and reserve Arapaho
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    Arapaho cabin sleeps six (one double bed, a futon and a pull-down--“Murphy-type bed;” comes with a full kitchen (refrigerator, stove, microwave, dishes, pots and pans and coffee pot), as well as table and chairs. Beds are fitted with mattresses only; you will need to bring your own bedding (full size sheets), pillows, soap, shampoo and towels. There is no television, and no internet or telephone hookups.

    Exterior amenities include a picnic table, fire ring water hydrant and an excellent view of the lake. Please clean the cabins before you check-out and leave them as you found them for the next visitors.

    Pets are not allowed in cabins. Smoking is not allowed.

    Reservations are accepted via telephone, on the internet at http://www.reserveamerica.com , or in person at our office on a first-come, first-served basis. Prices are subject to change.

    • $95.00/day in-season (April 1 through September 30) weekend rates
    • $85.00/day off-season (October 1 through March 31) weekend rates
    • $75.00/day Sunday through Thursday year-round
    • Weekly rates are $450.00 in-season and $375.00 off-season (7 consecutive nights)

Cheyenne
  • Type of Cabin: Modern Cabin
  • Location of Facility: N38 36.213 W97 58.477
  • This Facility is Reservable. Check availability and reserve Cheyenne
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    Cheyenne cabin sleeps six (one double bed, a futon and a pull-down--“Murphy-type bed;” comes with a full kitchen (refrigerator, stove, microwave, dishes, pots and pans and coffee pot), as well as table and chairs. Beds are fitted with mattresses only; you will need to bring your own bedding (full size sheets), pillows, soap, shampoo and towels. There is no television, and no internet or telephone hookups.

    Exterior amenities include a picnic table, fire ring water hydrant and an excellent view of the lake. Please clean the cabins before you check-out and leave them as you found them for the next visitors.

    Pets are not allowed in cabins. Smoking is not allowed.

    Reservations are accepted via telephone, on the internet at http://www.reserveamerica.com , or in person at our office on a first-come, first-served basis. Prices are subject to change.

    • $95.00/day in-season (April 1 through September 30) weekend rates
    • $85.00/day off-season (October 1 through March 31) weekend rates
    • $75.00/day Sunday through Thursday year-round
    • Weekly rates are $450.00 in-season and $375.00 off-season (7 consecutive nights)

Bat Masterson
  • Type of Cabin: Modern Cabin
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N38 36.213 W97 58.477
  • This Facility is Reservable. Check availability and reserve Bat Masterson
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    Cheyenne cabin sleeps six (one double bed, a futon and a pull-down--“Murphy-type bed;” comes with a full kitchen (refrigerator, stove, microwave, dishes, pots and pans and coffee pot), as well as table and chairs. Beds are fitted with mattresses only; you will need to bring your own bedding (full size sheets), pillows, soap, shampoo and towels. There is no television, and no internet or telephone hookups.

    Exterior amenities include a picnic table, fire ring water hydrant and an excellent view of the lake. Please clean the cabins before you check-out and leave them as you found them for the next visitors.

    Pets are not allowed in cabins. Smoking is not allowed.

    Reservations are accepted via telephone, on the internet at http://www.reserveamerica.com , or in person at our office on a first-come, first-served basis. Prices are subject to change.

    • $95.00/day in-season (April 1 through September 30) weekend rates
    • $85.00/day off-season (October 1 through March 31) weekend rates
    • $75.00/day Sunday through Thursday year-round
    • Weekly rates are $450.00 in-season and $375.00 off-season (7 consecutive nights)

Bill Doolin
  • Type of Cabin: Modern Cabin
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N38 36.213 W97 58.477
  • This Facility is Reservable. Check availability and reserve Bill Doolin
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    Cheyenne cabin sleeps six (one double bed, a futon and a pull-down--“Murphy-type bed;” comes with a full kitchen (refrigerator, stove, microwave, dishes, pots and pans and coffee pot), as well as table and chairs. Beds are fitted with mattresses only; you will need to bring your own bedding (full size sheets), pillows, soap, shampoo and towels. There is no television, and no internet or telephone hookups.

    Exterior amenities include a picnic table, fire ring water hydrant and an excellent view of the lake. Please clean the cabins before you check-out and leave them as you found them for the next visitors.

    Pets are not allowed in cabins. Smoking is not allowed.

    Reservations are accepted via telephone, on the internet at http://www.reserveamerica.com , or in person at our office on a first-come, first-served basis. Prices are subject to change.

    • $95.00/day in-season (April 1 through September 30) weekend rates
    • $85.00/day off-season (October 1 through March 31) weekend rates
    • $75.00/day Sunday through Thursday year-round
    • Weekly rates are $450.00 in-season and $375.00 off-season (7 consecutive nights)

Buffalo Bill
  • Type of Cabin: Modern Cabin
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N38 36.213 W97 58.477
  • This Facility is Reservable. Check availability and reserve Buffalo Bill
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    Buffalo Bill cabin sleeps six (one double bed, a futon and a pull-down--“Murphy-type bed;” comes with a full kitchen (refrigerator, stove, microwave, dishes, pots and pans and coffee pot), as well as table and chairs. Beds are fitted with mattresses only; you will need to bring your own bedding (full size sheets), pillows, soap, shampoo and towels. There is no television, and no internet or telephone hookups.

    Exterior amenities include a picnic table, fire ring water hydrant and an excellent view of the lake. Please clean the cabins before you check-out and leave them as you found them for the next visitors.

    Pets are not allowed in cabins. Smoking is not allowed.

    Reservations are accepted via telephone, on the internet at http://www.reserveamerica.com , or in person at our office on a first-come, first-served basis. Prices are subject to change.

    • $95.00/day in-season (April 1 through September 30) weekend rates
    • $85.00/day off-season (October 1 through March 31) weekend rates
    • $75.00/day Sunday through Thursday year-round
    • Weekly rates are $450.00 in-season and $375.00 off-season (7 consecutive nights)

Wyatt Earp
  • Type of Cabin: Modern Cabin
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N38 36.213 W97 58.477
  • This Facility is Reservable. Check availability and reserve Wyatt Earp
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    Wyatt Earp sleeps six (one double bed, a futon and a pull-down--“Murphy-type bed;” comes with a full kitchen (refrigerator, stove, microwave, dishes, pots and pans and coffee pot), as well as table and chairs. Beds are fitted with mattresses only; you will need to bring your own bedding (full size sheets), pillows, soap, shampoo and towels. There is no television, and no internet or telephone hookups.

    Exterior amenities include a picnic table, fire ring water hydrant and an excellent view of the lake. Please clean the cabins before you check-out and leave them as you found them for the next visitors.

    Pets are not allowed in cabins. Smoking is not allowed.

    Reservations are accepted via telephone, on the internet at http://www.reserveamerica.com , or in person at our office on a first-come, first-served basis. Prices are subject to change.

    • $95.00/day in-season (April 1 through September 30) weekend rates
    • $85.00/day off-season (October 1 through March 31) weekend rates
    • $75.00/day Sunday through Thursday year-round
    • Weekly rates are $450.00 in-season and $375.00 off-season (7 consecutive nights)

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