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All facilities are on except for Cedar Ridge shower building and River Pond beach shower building. and going well. 

 A trapping and predator calling workshop is at River Pond Office Nov. 4 from 1-4 pm. 

Only two reservable utility sites are available in River Pond for October 21, 2017 weekend.   Walk-in sites are available at River Pond and Rocky Ford areas, but could also fill.  Randolph and Fancy Creek have electric only sites available.

Four units (River Pond, Cedar Ridge, Fancy Creek and Randolph) make up the 1,200 - acre park. Electric and water hookups, a swimming beach, boat ramps, courtesy docks, and dump stations are available. Campgrounds contain 159 water/electric campsites, 8 electric/water/sewer campsites, 24 electric-only campsites, 20 electric sites with community water at the Randolph Area horse campground and 500 primitive campsites.

Eleven cabins are offered at Tuttle Creek State Park. Each cabin offers a full kitchen with basic pots and pans, table service for six, a full bathroom, heating, A/C, picnic tables, grill and fire-ring. Reservations can be made by contacting the park office or online.

Numerous nature trails, a mountain biking trail, and a scenic equestrian trail offer explorers a variety of routes to experience the aesthetic Flint Hills environment. Scenic picnic areas, an 18-hole disc golf course, volleyball courts, horse shoe pits, and conveniently placed restroom and shower facilities accommodate park visitors. The state-of-the-art Fancy Creek Shooting Range is open the first and third full weekends of each month. The Luke Nihart archery range is at River Pond Area and open daylight hours.  Archers provide their own equipment.  The River Pond Area has a swimming beach.  

Excellent channel cat and flathead fishing is available in the lake and in the river above and below the lake. Fair numbers of bass are caught near standing timber and brush piles, and saugeye can be taken off the face of the dam as well as in the river below. During the Spring there is ample opportunity to catch master angler white bass and crappie. Trout are stocked in Willow Lake during the Fall and Winter. The 12,000-acre wildlife area adjacent to the park offers excellent hunting and wildlife watching opportunities.


5800 A River Pond Rd
Manhattan,KS    66502
Park News - Updated: 10/18/2017

Lake Conditions

The lake is 8 ft above CONSERVATION POOL. The current release is 2,000 cfs. Water temperature is 68 degrees.  

Facility Update

Facilities are all still open and will remain open until weather dictates otherwise. Gatehouses are open Monday, Fridays 4-7 pm and Saturday 10 - 2pm for permit purchases at other times please use self-pay station or park office which is open Monday - Friday 8 am - 4:30 PM.

Cabin and Campsite reservations are still busy, so plan ahead. 

Canoes and Kayaks rentals are now closed for the season.

Further information contact the park office at 785-539-7941.  Contact our facebook page kansas wildlife, parks and tourism - tuttle creek for updated program and special event information.

General Information
5800 A River Pond Rd
Manhattan, KS    66502
Office Hours:
Park office is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday. At other times please use the self-pay stations or gatehouses.

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Tuttle Creek has eleven cabins that are available for rental, click the cabin icon in the row above to view all information about them or use the link, Tuttle Cabins. To reserve any Tuttle Creek cabins or any campsites, contact the park office at 785-539-7941 or go to the to Reserve America.

Camping Information

Long term campsites are available, contact the park office for more information. Firewood is available by asking the park office or at gatehouses. Bagged ice is available at the campstore, office and gatehouses at River Pond. Both items are supplied by the Friends Group.

Friends of Tuttle Creek State Park

The Friends group is an active group of users who are dedicated to improving the park and providing additional activities at the park.  The largest activity of the group is the annual hosting of OK Kids Day in August in which a  variety of fun and educational events are hosted for the whole family.  Additional Friends activities include dutch oven cooking, park clean-up days, camper breakfasts, bingo and more.  The group sells ice and firewood and operates a camp store to assist in funding these activities.


Located near Manhattan in northeast Kansas, Tuttle Creek State Park offers visitors a broad variety of outdoor recreation possibilities and plenty of room to roam. The communities of Manhattan, Wamego, Fort Riley, Olsburg, Randolph and Westmoreland offer nearby eating establishments and visitor opportunities. Tuttle Creek Reservoir, the state's second largest impoundment, offers 12,500 acres of water and approximately 100 miles of rugged, wooded shoreline to explore.

Tuttle Creek Areas
South Randolph
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: No
  • Reservable Sites: Yes
  • Primitive Camping: 50
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  • Electric: 20

Fancy Creek
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: No
  • Reservable Sites: Yes
  • Primitive Camping: 200
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  • Electric: 24

River Pond
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: Yes
  • Reservable Sites: Yes
  • Primitive Camping: 540
  • Water, Electric: 167
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Tuttle Creek Trails
Western Heritage Trail
  • Trail Season: year around
  • Length of Trail: 1.25 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: 39 14.622' N, 096 35.291 W
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    This trail parallels the Blue River, through the scenic Rocky Ford fishing area, and ends at the bridge located on Dyer Barnes road.

Randolph Equestrian Trail
  • Trail Season: year around
  • Length of Trail: 13 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: N39 25.537 W96 42.732'
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    Encompasses a wide variety of terrain offering views of the flint hills, the lake and wildlife.

Fancy Creek Mountain Bike
  • Trail Season: year around
  • Length of Trail: 6 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Mt. Biking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: N39 26.215 W96 43.948
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    Trail tracks up and down hills of cedar forest and native grasslands. Rock outcrops and ridges provide challenges.

Cedar Ridge
  • Trail Season: year around
  • Length of Trail: 0.75 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: N39 16.742 W96 35.470'
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    Trail winds through forested areas, but also tallgrass prairie.

Cottonwood Trail
  • Trail Season: year around
  • Length of Trail: 0.5 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: N39 14.725 W96 35.303
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    Interpretive trail with many tree, plant and wildlife viewing opportunities

Tuttle Creek Cabins

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

Reserve Now

Tuttle Creek State Park is pleased to offer eleven modern log sided cabins as an additional outdoor opportunity. Cheyenne, Pawnee, Kansa and Osage were built in 2004. Kiowa, Sioux and Cherokee were added in 2008. These are located in the beautiful River Pond Area. The Pottawatomie, Riley, Shawnee and Nemaha were added in 2011 and are located in the Cedar Ridge area above the marina with a spectacular view of Tuttle Creek Lake. The cabins are available year around.

Enjoy the beauty of the park from the comfort of one of our cabins. Each cabin has a full kitchen with refrigerator, stove, microwave, and basic kitchen amenities. The Pawnee Cabin only offers a range top with no oven. Cabins offer a master bedroom with a full size mattress as well as a futon, sofa and or bunkbeds in the living room. Cheyenne cabin offers bunk beds in the living area as well. Cheyenne, Kansa, and Osage cabins have a loft, which is perfect for use with a sleeping bag. Enjoy the comfort of a bathroom with shower in each cabin. Pawnee, Kiowa, Sioux, Cherokee, Pottawatomie, Riley, Shawnee and Nemaha are all ADA accessible. The Cheyenne, Kanza and the Osage will accomodate up to 6 people. The Pawnee accomodates up to 4 persons. The Kiowa, Sioux, Cherokee, Pottawatomie, Riley, Shawnee and Nemaha will easily accomodate up to 6 people. Cabins are air conditioned and heated, but do not have televisions or phones. Outside the cabins are a picnic table, fire-ring and bbq grill.

Recreational Opportunities:

Tuttle Creek State Park has many recreational opportunities within walking distance of your cabin. You will find fantastic fishing in the River Pond for species like catfish, crappie, white bass, and saugeye. Willow Lake offers great trout fishing! A swimming beach, canoe and kayak rental and a laundry and concession facility are located nearby to serve you. There is also an 18-hole frisbee/disc golf course that winds thru the park. The Wildcat marina is located in the Cedar Ridge area.

What you should bring with you:

Bedding and or sleeping bags are a must, as well as towels, dish cloths, hot pads, washcloths, soap, shampoo, food, etc. Cabins do have modern bathrooms. You will need to provide your own pillows and linens. Kitchen items provided include basic pots and pans, coffeemaker and filters, dishes, and silverware to serve six. Kitchens also include a stove or stove top, microwave, toaster, and refrigerator.

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This form allows you to email Tuttle Creek State Park with any questions you might have about the State Park and its facilities. This includes season openings and closings, campsite reservations, special events, etc.

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Fancy Creek Range

Fancy Creek Range and Friends of Fancy Creek Range

The range is open every first and third full weekends of the month, plus the fourth Thursday. Hours of operation is 10AM until 4PM. Certified Range Masters are present to ensure safe operations. A user fee is required to use the range in addition to state park vehicle permits. Contact the park office for more details. Construction of the 50 meter range is complete.  The Friends of Fancy Creek Range operate the range by providing basic maintenance, certified RSO's, and programs such as Women on Target, Silhouette shooting, and Kids Day at the Range.  If you have an interest in firearms the Friends Group would like for you to become a part of the range.

Fancy Creek Archery Range

  • The latest addition to the range has been a elevated tower and a crossbow target. Cross bows are only allowed at the one designated target. The range is located in the River Pond Area. Special rules apply and consist of:
  • No broadheads allowed at the range.
  • Crossbows allowed only at the designated crossbow area.
  • Facility is open during daylight hours only
  • All arrows must be released from the firing line
  • Archers must shoot at the target which coincides with the correct yard range firing line.
  • No alcohol or drug usage allowed in the archery range.
  • Arrows cannot be released while anyone is down range
Kansas State Park Passport

Kansas motor vehicle owners can buy an annual park vehicle permit as part of their vehicle registration process. The permit – called a Kansas State Parks Passport – costs $15.50. This lower-price, non-transferable permit will be available only during the vehicle registration process at a motor vehicle registration office, through the online vehicle registration site (www.kswebtags.org), or when registering by mail. Owners must request to purchase the permit; offering is not automatic. The Kansas State Parks Passport will expire when the vehicle registration expires a year later.

Kansas residents (except seniors and persons with disabilities) and owners of vehicles not registered in Kansas who buy their park vehicle permits at a KDWPT office or vendor will have to pay the regular price for annual and daily permits. The regular annual park vehicle permit will cost $25.00, and the daily vehicle permit fee will be $5.00, including processing fees.

Also, residents 65 years of age or older or persons with disabilities who display a special license plate or placard issued pursuant to state law can buy a park vehicle permit directly from a KDWPT office or vendor. Including processing fees, the cost will be $13.75 for annual vehicle park permits or $3.25 for regular daily permits. These lower-priced permits will not be available as part of the vehicle registration process.

Information about the new Kansas State Parks Passport will be included in the registration renewal notice sent to vehicle owners each year.

Disc Golf Course

Basic Rules of Play

Object of the Game

Start from the tee box and throw to get the disc in the baskets. Finish the course with the lowest score (least amount of throws per round).

Order of Play

  1. On the first hole, the scorecard determines the order of play.
  2. All other throws are made by the player furthest from the basket.
  3. On all other holes, driving order is determined by score. Player with the lowest score goes first, and so on.


  1. Record your score on the scorecard.
  2. A player's score is the total of throws made for each hole plus any penalties.


  1. Moving an obstacle
  2. Falling putt. 
  3. Disc goes out of bounds. (the roads)
  4. Disc comes to rest in a tree or off the ground more than 2 meters.
  5. The disc is somewhere unsafe or unplayable
  6. The situations listed result in a one­stroke penalty. Add one throw to the player's score for that round. 

Remember This..

  1. Never throw when you might possibly hit someone.
  2. Do not tee off until the group of players in front of you has finished the hole and is moved off to their next tee.
  3. Always observe the order of play. Person furthest from the basket throws first.
  4. Don't walk in front of a person who is about to throw.
  5. Ask before you cut to an open hole in front of another group. 
  6. Allow smaller groups to play through if the course is not crowded and t,ou are playing slowly.
  7. Call' Fore!" if you think your disc might be anywhere close to some one or if you lose sight of it.
  8. Allow those ahead of you to drive before you walk in front of them.
  9. Please place your trash in a trash receptacle.
  10. Don't bring Frisbee dogs to the disc golf course.