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Located between Topeka and Lawrence on the southwest shore of Perry Reservoir, 4 miles north of US-24 on K-237

Extensively forested rolling hills offer shaded camping at Perry Lake. 25 miles of horse trails and 20 miles of biking/hiking trails wind through the upland forest providing visitors a great outdoor experience. Lake Perry also offers excellent channel catfish fishing on 11,000 acres of Perry Reservoir with 160 miles of shoreline.

Hike along the lakeshore and through the woods. The nearly 11,000-acre wildlife area includes about 1,000 acres of marshes, making it a great place to watch and hunt waterfowl. Quail are usually abundant. The reservoir is known for its excellent crappie and channel catfishing. Whether you’re just camping or want to use the area as a base for fishing, hiking, hunting, or other activities, Perry offers a scenic location in the wooded region of northeast Kansas.

5441 Westlake Rd.
,KS    66070
Park News - Updated: 05/22/2015



        Thank you to our veterans and our service men and women.

        Have Safe and Happy Memorial Day Weekend!


Park Office and Gatehouse will be open for the Memorial Day Weekend.

High Water Alerts:  The courtesy dock at Lake View Boat Ramp has been pulled due to the high lake levels and both ramps at the state park are underwater.  Boaters are discouraged from launching their boats at these ramps, but if you do it is at your own risk.  The lake is almost seven (7) feet above normal pool.  Please use extreme caution while boating at the lake this weekend as there will be a lot of debris floating in Lake Perry. 

Portions of the Catfish Alley campground roadway are underwater and closed to traffic. Sites #1, #2, #3, and #4 in Hobie Cove Campground are closed due to being muddy and/or underwater.  If the water continues to rise other roadways and primitive camp areas close to the water may be closed.

Regular Park Office hours:  Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - Noon (closed for lunch) and then 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  The office is closed on Sundays.

Facility Openings - Updates:

Campgrounds -  Utility sites have electricity and water. 

Bathhouses -  Lake View, Eagle Landing, Turkey Run and Hobie Cove bathhouses will be open this weekend.  Pit toilets are available at both boat ramps.  Wild Horse bathhouse is open upon request.

Dump Stations -  Are available and open.

Fish Cleaning Station -   Is Now Open!

Park permits are required when entering the state park campgrounds and day use areas. All annual park permits are available at the park office. Also, be sure to inquire about the State Parks Passport at the time you register your vehicles through your County Treasurer's Office.  If the office and/or gatehouse is closed, camping and vehicle fees can be paid at the self pay stations at the office or gatehouse.

The Kansas State Parks' Passport! The Kansas State Parks' Passport is available only during your Kansas motor vehicle registration process (new or renewal). It is available at a motor vehicle registration office, through the online vehicle registration site (www., or when renewing by mail. The parks' passport only costs $15.50 and is good for a full twelve months (one year) same as your vehicle registration. The park passport expires the same day your vehicle registration expires. For more information, contact Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism, Pratt Operations Office at 620-672-5911 or call your state park office. Don't miss out on this great opportunity - Get Your Kansas State Parks' Passport!

The cabins are open and can be reserved at Currently for the winter, camp sites are available on a first-come, first serve basis.  During the weekends, you are to pay for your sites at the self-pay station kiosks.  If you are staying during the weekdays, come up to the office and pay there.

Boat registrations are also available at the park office. In order to register a newly acquired boat, be sure to bring the bill of sale containing an accurate Hull Identification Number and the KA assigned number or any other state's assigned number. Another tip when purchasing a boat from an individual, be sure the person you are buying the boat from is the current registered owner in KDWPT's system.

Currently, a daily vehicle pass is $5.00 (Senior and disability is $3.25). Daily primitive camping is $8.00 per day and utility sites (electricity only) is $19.00 per day. A $3.00 transaction fee will apply for all walk-in utility sites and primitive camp sites. If you arrive when the office is closed, a self-pay station is available for vehicle and camping permits. The self-pay station is located in the parking lot of the main office and at the gatehouse entrance. 2015 Annual Vehicle permits are available at the park office for $25.00; Senior and Disabled 2015 Annual Vehicle permits are $13.75. Annual camp permits are also available for $202.50. All 2015 annual permits purchased at the park office expire December 31, 2015. 

 Remember - Report all Wildlife and Parks violations! Call Operation Game Thief at 1-877-426-3843.

SEASONAL (AKA: Long-term) CAMPING LOTTERY DRAWING -   The 2015 Spring/Summer seasonal (long-term) camping lottery has been completed.  We still have a few sites left.  If interested or for questions regarding the seasonal camping program, please call the park office for more information or email us at

The cabins at Perry State Park are open year round and reservations can be made online at The price for renting a cabin on the weekend is now $85.00 per night, minimum stay of two nights and $55.00 a night Sunday through Thursday.  There is a reservation fee of $14.00.  If you have not tried staying in one of Perry’s cabins, consider coming out this fall/winter.

We have installed mileage markers on the Nature Trail in the park. The trail has been cleaned up and marked so you can record your distance and time in order to track your fitness level. If you can complete one mile in 14 minutes or less without discomfort, you are achieving a good fitness level. Learn more about "What's Your Mile?" and take the Healthy Kansas pledge at

Wild Horse Campground Area:

The shower house in Wild Horse campground area is available upon request. We will keep the Port-A-Pot in the campground for patron's convenience.

ALERT: Wild Horse campground utility sites are limited to Equine campers only. You must have a horse at the site to camp.

We want to give a special thank you to numerous individuals who are donating their time in caring for the horse trails at Perry Lake and in particular the state park trails.  Ed Jarvis and Andy Baux have spent numerous days mowing and clearing the horse trails on Rocky Top!  Everett Glenn, Joey Jernigan, Eldon Pickett, Jeri Pickett, Pete Pickett, Mike Milburn, Jo Turner, and Dewayne Burgess have been out on the horse trails during this warm weather, over several days, picking up trash!  And you would not believe the amount of trash they have packed out on their horses!  We can't thank everyone enough for all your time and energy in support of the park and the trails!

Several weeks ago we had a group of six ambitious volunteers who spent three hours trimming trees and cleaning up Wild Horse campground.  Many thanks to Dr. Jeff Van Petten - skid loader with tree saw, Everett Glenn - chain saw/rake, Joey Jernigan - rake, Andy Baux - loppers and chain saw, Bob Franklin - skid loader with brush grapple and chain saw and Dewayne Burgess - skid loader with brush grapple and chain saw.  The campground looks amazing!

Wild Horse Campground area is open for primitive and utility (electricity and water) use. There are eight utility sites available to equestrian campers only. You must have a horse to camp on these utility sites. We have installed hitching posts at all the utility sites. A big thank you goes out to Dewayne Burgess, Ed Jarvis, Bob Rettele, and Joey Jernigan for getting those posts in the ground. Horse riders are encouraged to come out and enjoy the trails. The bathhouse is open upon request.  ALERT: Do not create new trails or trail heads as this causes confusion to riders and creates difficulties in mapping the trail areas. New trails can not be created without the consent and approval of the state park and the Corp of Engineers.

Try out the new free Pocket Ranger® app to use as the Official Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism Guide at

Upcoming Special Events:

  May 30-31, 2015 - Bass Tournament - Lake View Boat Ramp - sponsored by Kansas Bass Nation

  May 31, 2015 - Kayak Extravaganza - North Boat Ramp/Shelter #7 - sponsored by Dirty Girl Adventures

  June 9, 2015 - Trail Run - Bike Trails - Trail Nerds Association

  July 25-26,2015 - Mountain Bike Trail Ride - Bike Trails - Sunflower Games - sponsored by Lawrence Mountain Bike Club

  August 29, 2015 - Bass Tournament - Rock Creek Boat ramp - sponsored by Backlashers Bass Club

  September 25-27, 2015  - Trail Ride - State Park Horse Trails - sponsored by Critter Care


A big thank you goes out to Mark Adamiak from Lenexa Troop 186!  He has been working on his Eagle Scout Project at Perry State Park.  He has cleared the Nature Trail, refurbished the Healthy Trail markers and benches on the trail, painted and placed new posters in the trailhead kiosk, and placed new tree identification markers on the trail.  The trail looks fantastic and we encourage our patrons to check out all the hard work Mark, troop members and other volunteers have completed on the trail to make it more enjoyable to our visitors.

Individual camp sites have now been established in Hobie Cove campground in order to control the number of individuals camping in that particular primitive campground area. The final permanent posts at each of the sites have been installed.  Hobie Cove now has numbered posts for the thirty camp sites in the campground area. Only three camp units will be permitted per camp site for a family or group. Appropriate fees will apply to each of the camp units.  A child's tent is free but will count as one of the three camp units. Each site will have one picnic table and one fire ring. Once the designated sections are filled, individuals will be directed to camp in other primitive campgrounds in the state park.



The lake level at Perry Lake is 7.17 feet above normal pool. The current release rate is 6000 cubic feet per second. Normal lake level is 891.50 and the current lake level is 898.67.  For additional and up-to-date lake information go to

For more information about Perry State Park or if you have any questions, please feel free to call the park office at 785-246-3449 or e-mail us at Have a safe and enjoyable visit at Perry State Park.

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5441 Westlake Rd.
, KS    66070

Helpful Information

Park Office – (785) 246-3449

Email Perry State Park

Regional Office – (785) 271-7346


Perry State Park was made possible by the signing of a lease agreement in 1968 between the Kansas Parks and Resources and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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Perry Areas

Jefferson Point
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • Reservable Sites: No
  • Primitive Camping: 200
  • Water, Electric: 102
  • Electric: 102

Perry Trails
Equestrian Trails
  • Trail Season: Year-around
  • Length of Trail: 25 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Horse Riding
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: N 39° 09.036' W 095° 29.718'
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    The equestrian trails wind through upland forest habitat allowing many opportunities for viewing wildlife and colorful vegitation. The trails start and end in Perry State Park but some of the trail traverses across the COE Rock Creek public use area.

Perry State Park Biking and Hiking Trails
  • Trail Season: Year-around
  • Length of Trail: 22 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Mt. Biking
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: N 39° 09.454' W 095° 28.068'
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    This set of trails is carved through classic Kansas hardwood forest and cut through the bluffs and wooded hillsides surrounding the Perry Reservoir. The trail offers moderate to difficult terrain and is known nationwide for its well-designed layout. It is a challenge for even the most experienced riders

Perry Cabins

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

Reserve Now

Perry State Park now has four cabins available for reserve. Our cabins offer all the convenience of home and enjoyment of nature and lake activities. One cabin is ADA compliant. All four cabins accommodate four people comfortable and are equipped with the following:

Full Size Bathroom and Shower, Full Size Bed with Dresser, Cleaning Supplies, Kitchenette, Refrigerator, Microwave, Cook Stove, Kitchen Sink, Dining Table and Four Chairs, Kitchen Utensils and Cookware, Living Quarters, Fold Out Sofa/Hide-A-Bed, Screened Glass Sliding Door, Air Conditioned, Furnace, and Outside Hydrant.



  • $55.00 per night (April-September)
  • $45.00 per night (October-March)

Friday, Saturday, and Holidays:

  • $85.00 per night (April-September)
  • $55.00 per night (October-March)

Weekly Rate: $300.00 per week

Non-refundable reservation fee

To make reservations online, please go to

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    Wildlife Viewing

    Perry Lake is in the beautiful Delaware River valley of the Glaciated Region. The rolling bluestem prairie and hillsides of oak and hickory yield a large variety of wildlife. The reservoir, meadows, old fields, and riparian woodlands, as well as the marshes and mudflats, furnish living space for additional species. Hike on the Perry Lake National Recreation Trail (30 mile loop) through the shoreline and hillside communities. Visit Perry Wildlife Area to view the shallow-water habitats of the upper reservoir. In spring and early summer, search the mudflats for shorebirds. Among the cattails and sedges of the marsh you may find nesting sedge wrens, ducks, herons, muskrats, beaver, and mink. Watch for wild turkeys, pileated woodpeckers, rose-breasted grosbeaks, and white-tailed deer in the riparian woodlands. American kestrels, eastern meadowlarks, horned larks, and coyotes can be observed in the old fields and meadows. The oak-hickory ridges attract buntings, vireos, tanagers, thrushes, and warblers. Gulls, pelicans, ducks, and flocks of snow geese are common on the open waters during the fall migration. In winter bald eagles perch in tall trees at the water's edge.