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Camping at Prairie Dog include 4 reservable cabins (2 modern and 2 primitive), 60 electric/water sites, 12 electric-only sites, and more than 130 primitive sites. Reservable sites are available. Shower and restroom facilities are conveniently located, as are two RV dump stations. A 1.4- mile nature trail complete with interpretive signage is a great way to explore the park and observe wildlife.

Historical interpretation is a hallmark of this park. Two vintage 19th century buildings are preserved here, including a one room school and renovated adobe house.

Sebelius Reservoir is well known for its excellent fishing opportunities. In recent years, anglers have found productive fishing for black bass, walleye, wiper, crappie, catfish and saugeye.

The 6,400-acre Norton Wildlife Area offers good prospects for pheasant, waterfowl and rabbits. Both whitetailed and mule deer can be found here, as well as a variety of furbearers.

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Address:
13037 State Highway 261
Norton,KS    67654
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Park News - Updated: 07/24/2015

Keith Sebelius Reservoir is no longer under the warning for blue green algae. 

The dirt work for the new basketball court has started and we anticipate getting it completed in the next couple of weeks.  We are currently waiting on the contractor to begin the dirt work for the new campground project. 

The fishing dock has been removed due to structural damage.  We are hoping to have it repaired in the near future.  This is contingent upon funding of the repairs.

Cabin Renters--Please make sure to contact the park office at (785) 877-2953 within 48 hours of your arrival to obtain your key code.

 Park office hours are now Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  

The office self-pay station has been updated with a new design and more information to assist in the proper payment and selection of a camp site.

There is NO HUNTING ALLOWED in the State Park. Please feel free to contact the office with any questions.

Please visit www.ksoutdoors.com to make your reservations online. All Licenses and Permits can be purchased online through KDWPT.

Prairie Dog State Park also has four cabins available. Cedar Crest and Cottonwood are primitive cabins (no water) while Prairie Dog and Eagle View are modern cabins with running water. Call for a reservation, or reserve a cabin on our website! All cabins have heating and air conditioning, a refrigerator and a microwave.

Please remember to always wear your life jacket when you're on the water, it could save your life. The current water elevation is 2288.10, or 16.20 feet below conservation pool.

If you have questions pertaining to the park, call the park office at (785) 877-2953.

Questions pertaining to the Norton Wildlife Area or hunting should be directed to Blake Klema, Public Lands Manager at (785) 877-2953.

Questions pertaining to fishing should be directed to Mark Shaw, Fisheries Biologist at (785) 425-6775.

Questions for a Conservation Officer should be directed to the Hays Regional Office at (785) 628-8614.

General Information
Phone:
Address:
13037 State Highway 261
 
Norton, KS    67654
County/Counties:

Park Office: (785) 877-2953

Questions pertaining to the Norton Wildlife Area or hunting should be directed to Blake Klema, Public Lands Manager at (785) 877-2953.

Questions pertaining to fishing should be directed to Mark Shaw, Fisheries Biologist at (785) 425-6775.

Questions for a Conservation Officer should be directed to the Hays Regional Office at (785) 628-8614.

Cabin Renters--Please make sure to contact the park office at (785) 877-2953 within 48 hours of your arrival to obtain your key code.

The office self-pay station has been updated with a new design and more information to assist in the proper payment and selection of a camp site.

There is NO HUNTING ALLOWED in the State Park . Please feel free to contact the office with any questions.

Please visit Reserve America to make your reservations online. All Licenses and Permits can be purchased online through KDWPT.


History

Prairie Dog State Park at Keith Sebelius Reservoir west of Norton, in Norton County, hosts two vintage 19th century buildings – a renovated adobe house and Hillmon Schoolhouse, a one-room school.

The Adobe House

The Adobe House was built on Prairie Dog State Park in the 1890s and it still stands today.

The adobe house is the only one in Kansas on its original location and preserved as a museum. The house was probably constructed in 1892 by the John Spencer family. It was built with bricks formed from a mix of mud and straw, called adobe. A horse walking in a circular trench to which dirt, water, and straw were added was used to create the proper consistency. Once the adobe bricks were laid in place, they were covered with a smooth finish coat of adobe. The adobe is still visible on the interior walls.

The house remains in its original location. As the state park was being built, a volunteer group worked to preserve the building. They fixed the roof, walls, and windows, cleaned the interior, and furnished it with donated antique furniture. The Adobe House has recently been extensively renovated. The grounds around the adobe house feature a wooden-wheel windmill, and a two-horse, dirt-moving wagon unearthed during the dam’s construction. 

Hillmon Schoolhouse is the second iteration of the school. The original was a combination dugout and log structure overlooking the Sappa Valley in northwestern Norton County about 1 ½ miles south of the Kansas-Nebraska line. It had two windows, a door in the rear and desks fashioned of wood slabs with pegs for support. The current building was built in 1886 about ½ mile south of the original. It hosted community, church, and school events for many years. It was moved to Prairie Dog State Park in the late 1960s and was dedicated at its current location in September 1969.

Prairie Dog Areas
Prairie Dog Campground
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: Yes
  • Reservable Sites: Yes
  • Water, Electric: 40
  • Electric: 12
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    Prairie Dog Campground

    Water and electric sites

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    Water and electric sites

     

     

     

     

     

    Prime Sites

    Prime sites at Prairie Dog campground

    Reserveable sites

    Reserveable sites 14, 13 and 12

     

     

     

     

     

    Prairie Dog Showerhouse

    Prairie Dog shower house completed in 2007 featuring four indiviual showers

    July 4th camping

    Prairie Dog campground on July 4th


Mushrooms
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: No
  • Reservable Sites: Yes
  • Primitive Camping: 30
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    Mushroom 1

    #1 Reserveable shelter-no water or electricty-tent camping only and/or day use

    Mushroom 2

    #2 Reserveable shelter-water and electricity-tent camping and/or day use

     

     

     

     

     

    Mushrooms #4 and #5

    #4 and #5 Non-reserveable shelter-no water or electricity-RV/tent camping and day use

    Mushroom 5

    #5 Non-reserveable shelter-no water or electricity-tent/RV camping and day use

     

     

     

     

     

    Mushroom 6 and 7

    #6 and #7 Non-reserveable shelter-no water or electricity-RV/tent camping and day use

    Mushroom 6

    #6 Non-reserveable shelter-no water or electricity-RV/tent camping and day use

     

     

     

     

     

    Mushroom 8

    #8 Non-reserveable shelter-no water or electricity-RV/tent camping and day use

    Mushroom 9

    #9 Non-reserveable shelter-no water or electricity-RV/tent camping and day use


Branded Cedar
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: Yes
  • Reservable Sites: No
  • Primitive Camping: 40
  • Water, Electric: 6
  • Electric: 6
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    Branded Cedar Utility Campground

    Branded Cedar water and electric sites (6)

    Branded Cedar Primitive

    Branded Cedar primitive camping.


Cottonwood primitive
Cottonwood
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: Yes
  • Reservable Sites: No
  • Primitive Camping: 15

Shady Rest
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: No
  • Reservable Sites: No
  • Primitive Camping: 14
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    Shady Rest 2

    Primitive camping at Shady Rest campground

    Shady Rest 1

    Primitive camping at Shady Rest campground


Meadowlark Campground
Meadowlark
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: No
  • Reservable Sites: No
  • Primitive Camping: 30

Leota Cove
Leota Cove
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: Yes
  • Reservable Sites: No
  • Primitive Camping: 5

Prairie Dog Trails
Prairie Dog Nature Trail
  • Trail Season: All-Year
  • Length of Trail: 1.5 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: N39 48.504 W99 57.690
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    1.5 mile trail that gives you a great view of the lake and the prairie dogs can be seen at the Prairie Dog trail head. There is a vault toilet located at the Meadowlark trail head. The first 1000 feet of the nature trail starting at the Prairie Dog trail head is concrete.

    Nature Trail

    Another view from the Nature Trail at Prairie Dog State Park

    Nature Trail

    A view of the reservoir is one of the many things you can see from the Prairie Dog Nature Trail

    Nature Trail

    Another view from the Prairie Dog Nature Trail


Prairie Dog Cabins

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Cottonwood Cabin

Cottonwood cabin

Prairie Dog State Park is providing rental cabins as an alternative camping opportunity. For your convenience, we offer two primitive and two modern cabins. Cedar Crest and Cottonwood cabins are primitive cabins located adjacent to Prairie Dog campground. Prairie Dog and Eagle View are modern cabins with a fantastic view of the lake and located in close proximity to the public fishing dock. All cabins are available for year-round rental.

Cedar Crest Cabin

Cedar Crest Cabin

The two primitive cabins include heating, air-conditioning, refrigerator/freezer, and a microwave. Each primitive cabin sleeps at least eight. Mattresses are provided, but you will need to bring your own bedding. During the peak season of mid April through mid October, shower and restroom facilities are close by, and a water hydrant is available at each cabin. During the off season, a vault toilet facility is within walking distance, but no water is available. No pets are allowed in the cabins and smoking is prohibited.

You can also experience the beauty of the lake from the comfort of one of two modern cabins with most of the comforts of home. The cabins are one bedroom with a full-size bed and a futon. A couch and a murphy bed are provided in the living area. The modern cabins sleep five to six people. Kitchens have a small stove with oven, refrigerator/freezer, microwave, coffee maker, pots & pans, dishes and silverware. Kitchen table and four chairs and picnic table and grill are also provided. Cabins have modern bathrooms with showers as well as air conditioning and heating. You will need to bring your own bedding, towels, & toiletry items. No pets are allowed in the cabins and smoking is prohibited in the cabins. No camping units (tents or campers) are allowed.

Rental Conditions

  1. Cabin Interior

    Primitive Cabin Interior, Cedar Crest and Cottonwood Cabins

    All fees are paid in advance; $75/night fee year-round (modern) or $45/night fee year-round (primitive) plus the $14.00 Non-refundable reservation fee and service charge.
  2. Cancellations up to 30 days prior to the reservation date are eligible for refund of rental fees, but NOT the $14.00 reservation fee. Cancellations 29 days or less up to 5 days prior to arrival date are eligible for a refund of all but one night's rental and reservation fees. Cancellations less than 4 days in advance or after arrival date are not eligible for refund of any fees paid.
  3. Renter is responsible for cleanliness, condition or damages to the cabin upon check-out. Damages or failure to clean the cabin upon checkout will be charged to the credit card or PayPal account used to pay for the rental.
  4. Cabin will be reserved when renter submits all night’s fees and the $14.00 non-refundable reservation fee. Online Reservations are by credit card, and may be made up to 364 days in advance.
  5. Must be 18 years of age to rent any cabin.
Cottonwood Cabin
  • Type of Facility: Primitive Cabin
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N39 48.245 W99 56.691
  • This Facility is Reservable. Check availability and reserve Cottonwood Cabin
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    The Cottonwood Cabin is a primitive cabin that include heating, air-conditioning, refrigerator/freezer, and a microwave. The cabin sleeps at least eight. Mattresses are provided, but you will need to bring your own bedding. During the peak season of mid April through mid October, shower and restroom facilities are close by, and a water hydrant is available at each cabin. During the off season, a vault toilet facility is within walking distance, but no water is available. No pets are allowed in the cabin and smoking is prohibited.  Rental fee is $45 per night with a $14 reservation fee per stay.

    Cottonwood Cabin

    Cottonwood cabin

    Special Cabin Rules

    1. Consumption and/or possession of alcoholic liquor are prohibited. Cereal malt beverages with not more than 3.2% alcohol by weight are allowed, but no kegs.
    2. No smoking inside the cabin.
    3. The cleaning/field dressing of fish or game is not permitted in the cabin.
    4. Quiet hours are from 11p.m. to 6 a.m.
    5. Other camping units (campers and/or tents) are allowed in the area surrounding the cabin with the permission of the cabin renter. However, hooking up to the cabin’s electrical outlets is prohibited, and camping permits are required.
    6. The cabin, refrigerator, and microwave must be cleaned prior to departure and the trash removed from the cabin.
    7. Renter is responsible for cleanliness, and/or damages to the cabin upon check-out. Cleaning costs and/or damages will be charged to the credit card or PayPal account used to pay for the rental.
    8. Check Out time: 12:00 PM
    9. Pets are not allowed inside the cabins, and must be kept outside on a chain, leash not longer than 10’ or kennel.
    10. All State, as well as, Park and Public Lands regulations apply during the use of the cabin.
    11. Fires in provided fire rings only.

Cedar Crest Cabin
  • Type of Facility: Primitive Cabin
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N39 48.280 W99 56.694
  • This Facility is Reservable. Check availability and reserve Cedar Crest Cabin
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    The Cedar Crest Cabin is a primitive cabin that include heating, air-conditioning, refrigerator/freezer, and a microwave. The cabin sleeps at least eight. Mattresses are provided, but you will need to bring your own bedding. During the peak season of mid April through mid October, shower and restroom facilities are close by, and a water hydrant is available at each cabin. During the off season, a vault toilet facility is within walking distance, but no water is available. No pets are allowed in the cabin and smoking is prohibited.  Rental fee is $45 per night with a $14 reservation fee per stay.

    Cedar Crest Cabin

    Cedar Crest Cabin

    Special Cabin Rules

    1. Consumption and/or possession of alcoholic liquor are prohibited. Cereal malt beverages with not more than 3.2% alcohol by weight are allowed, but no kegs.
    2. No smoking inside the cabin.
    3. The cleaning/field dressing of fish or game is not permitted in the cabin.
    4. Quiet hours are from 11p.m. to 6 a.m.
    5. Other camping units (campers and/or tents) are allowed in the area surrounding the cabin with the permission of the cabin renter. However, hooking up to the cabin’s electrical outlets is prohibited, and camping permits are required.
    6. The cabin, refrigerator, and microwave must be cleaned prior to departure and the trash removed from the cabin.
    7. Renter is responsible for cleanliness, and/or damages to the cabin upon check-out. Cleaning costs and/or damages will be charged to the credit card or PayPal account used to pay for the rental.
    8. Check Out time: 12:00 PM
    9. Pets are not allowed inside the cabins, and must be kept outside on a chain, leash not longer than 10’ or kennel.
    10. All State, as well as, Park and Public Lands regulations apply during the use of the cabin.
    11. Fires in provided fire rings only.

Prairie Dog Cabin
  • Type of Cabin: Modern Cabin
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N39 48.402 W99 56.661
  • This Facility is Reservable. Check availability and reserve Prairie Dog Cabin
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    Prairie Dog 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 are no television, internet or telephone hookups. Check in time is after 2 p.m. and check out time is noon every day, year-round. Exterior amenities include a picnic table, fire ring, water hydrant and an excellent view of the lake. The public fishing dock is located within an easy walk from the cabin. Please clean the cabins before you check-out and leave them as you found them for the next visitors. Other camping units (tents and/or campers) are not allowed in the area surrounding the cabin.  Rental fee is $75 per night with a reservation fee of $14 per stay.

    Specific Cabin Rules

    1. No smoking allowed inside.
    2. Pets are not allowed inside the cabins, and must be kept outside on a chain, leash not longer than 10' or kennel.
    3. DO NOT clean fish or game inside.
    4. Items not provided: linens, bedding or personal toiletry items.
    5. Cabin permits are valid from the date purchased to noon the following day, check in is at 2:00 p.m. and check out is at noon.
    6. Quiet hours are from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
    7. Other camping units (tents and/or campers) are not allowed in the area surrounding the cabin.
    8. Consumption of alcoholic liquor is prohibited. Cereal malt beverages with not more than 3.2% alcohol by weight are allowed, but no kegs.
    9. Trash must be removed from the cabin and discarded in dumpsters.
    10. All vehicles must have a vehicle permit and park in the provided parking areas; no vehicles are allowed off the road or paved parking areas.
    11. Fires in provided fire rings only.
    12. No cooking on the porch.
    13. All State, as well as, Park and Public Lands regulations apply during the use of the cabin.
    14. Renter is responsible for cleanliness, and/or damages to the cabin upon check-out. Cleaning costs and/or damages will be charged to the credit card or PayPal account used to pay for the rental.

Eagle View Cabin
  • Type of Cabin: Modern Cabin
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N39 48.383 W99 56.665
  • This Facility is Reservable. Check availability and reserve Eagle View Cabin
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    Eagle View 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 are no television, internet or telephone hookups. Check in time is after 2 p.m. and check out time is noon every day, year-round. Exterior amenities include a picnic table, fire ring, water hydrant and an excellent view of the lake. The public fishing dock is located within an easy walk from the cabin. Please clean the cabins before you check-out and leave them as you found them for the next visitors. Other camping units (tents and/or campers) are not allowed in the area surrounding the cabin.  Rental fee is $75 per night with a $14 reservation fee per stay.

    Special Cabin Rules

    1. No smoking allowed inside.
    2. Pets are not allowed inside the cabins, and must be kept outside on a chain, leash not longer than 10' or kennel.
    3. DO NOT clean fish or game inside.
    4. Items not provided: linens, bedding or personal toiletry items.
    5. Cabin permits are valid from the date purchased to noon the following day, check in is at 2:00 p.m. and check out is at noon.
    6. Quiet hours are from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
    7. Other camping units (tents and/or campers) are not allowed in the area surrounding the cabin.
    8. Consumption of alcoholic liquor is prohibited. Cereal malt beverages with not more than 3.2% alcohol by weight are allowed, but no kegs.
    9. Trash must be removed from the cabin and discarded in dumpsters.
    10. All vehicles must have a vehicle permit and park in the provided parking areas; no vehicles are allowed off the road or paved parking areas.
    11. Fires in provided fire rings only.
    12. No cooking on the porch.
    13. All State, as well as, Park and Public Lands regulations apply during the use of the cabin.
    14. Renter is responsible for cleanliness, and/or damages to the cabin upon check-out. Cleaning costs and/or damages will be charged to the credit card or PayPal account used to pay for the rental.

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