Perry State Park



Hunting season has begun.  Remember, trail users, to wear bright clothing this time of year.  Some of the trails go into Corp of Engineers' property which is open to public hunting.

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. 

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 First Day Hike at Perry State Park has come and gone; thanks to all the 60 plus participants it was a tremendous success.  Our First Day Hike is part of the Nationwide initiative lead by America’s State Parks to encourage people to get outdoors. The weather was great, the view of the lake was fantastic, and the extra miles (3 more than advertised, oops!) got our hearts pumping and we hope everyone enjoyed the beauty of our state park.  We would like to thank AmeriCorps Elize Ramos-Souza, Park Ranger Wes Stewart, and especially Becky and Rick Lassiter for making time to prepare for this New Year’s Day Event.  Hope to see you all next year. Same day, same time, and same place.

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 $7.00 per day and utility sites (electricity and water) is $18.00 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 $152.50. 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 -  Applications will be mailed out Monday December 28, 2015.  Deadline for the completed applications to be returned is Friday January 22, 2016 (postmarked or hand delivered no later than 4:00 p.m. on January 22).   The drawing will be held Friday January 29, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the Park Office.  The drawing is open to the public. 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 $55.00 per night, minimum stay of two nights and $45.00 a night, minimum two night stay, 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: 

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

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.

Thank you goes out to so many folks for their work on the trails and campground -  Ed Jarvis, Dewayne Burgess, and Andy Baux on trails; Dewayne Burgess, Bob Rettele, Jerry Atkins, Tony Saliceti and Ed Jarvis on the two new corrals (YES, we how have corrals on sites # 103 and #107!).  The gates for these two corrals were installed last Thursday by Dewayne and Bob.  Dewayne Burgess and Jo Turner donated the pipe for the corrals; Jerry Atkins, Tony Saliceti, Ed Jarvis and Dewayne Burgess on the two new manure bunkers (YES, we now have manure bunkers!); Ed Jarvis and Eldon Pickett on Andy's Overlook; Bill Liggett and his wife for tree trimming in the campground; to the ladies who provided lunch to the hard workers; Our apologizes as we know we have probably missed a few who helped out on the trails and campground additions, but do know your assistance and dedication to Wild Horse campground and the trails is invaluable to us.

NEW DESTINATION POINT ON ROCKY TOP TRAILS:  There is a new destination point on the Rocky Top Trails dedicated to Andy Baux.  The place is called "Andy's Overlook" and is a place where trail riders can stop for a rest, enjoy a nice break with lunch and take in a view of Perry Lake.  We thank Andy for recognizing this area as a serene place to rest, relax and take in the beauty of nature.  Many thanks to Ed Jarvis for his work to make this destination point happen for Andy.

And as always, thank you, Everett Glen and Joey Jernigan, for your continuous work on keeping the trails cleared for the enjoyment of all riders.

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.

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: 

FUND RAISER  September 3 2016 Sponsored by Friends of Lake Perry Wild Horse Trails


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 .81 feet above normal pool. The current release rate is 200 cubic feet per second. Normal lake level is 891.50 and the current lake level is 892.31.  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.