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Located along the Post Rock Scenic Byway about 5 miles north of I-70, west of K-232

Located in the heart of the Smoky Hills, Wilson State Park is considered by many to be the most beautiful in the state. Wilson Reservoir features a rugged shoreline punctuated by scenic cliffs and rocky outcrops. The park and surrounding wildlife area offer the opportunity to view and photograph deer, pheasant, waterfowl, songbirds, and furbearers.

Wilson Reservoir offers excellent white bass and striped bass angling. Hiking on the Dakota Trail offers an excellent view of the lake and native Kansas prairie. The Cedar Trail in the Otoe area is a one-mile loop with a hardened asphalt surface and is great for a leisurely, low-stress walk. The 25-mile long Switchgrass Bike Trail is popular with mountain bikers to pursue this challenging activity.

Wilson Wildlife Area is located on the upper end of 9,000 acre Wilson Reservoir. The 8,069-acre public hunting area is made up of 5,000 acres of rugged rolling hills of native prairie, approximately 2,000 acres of cropland, and 1,000 acres of riparian timber along the Saline River, Cedar Creek, Turkey Creek, and Elm Creek. The area has a waterfowl refuge that was established in 1996.

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#3 State Park Road
Sylvan Grove ,KS    67481
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Park News - Updated: 04/17/2015
 

The Courtesy Dock at the Hell Creek Boat Ramp is floating in the water.

Big Bluestem shower house/bathroom facility, Wheatgrass shower house/bathroom facility and the marina bathroom are open in Hell Creek. The Yarrow shower house/bathroom facility is open in Otoe. CXT facilities are available at the Hell Creek Boat Ramp and the Otoe Boat Ramp. 

THE FISH CLEANING STATION IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!

OPEN FIRES ARE ALLOWED IN THE PARK. BE SURE TO USE FIRE RINGS FOR CAMPFIRES. 


OTHER INFORMATION

2015 SEASONAL (LONG TERM) CAMPING

The Lottery Drawing for Seasonal Campsites was done Monday Dec 15th at 2:00PM. If you are interested in a seasonal campsite, sites not drawn in the lottery will be open on a first come, first served basis. Sites available are Dropseed 5,6 and Grama 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, & 13.  If you have questions please contact the park office. 

Cabin Reservations can be done 364 days in advance. Go online at reserveamerica.com to make your reservations or to see availability.

PASSPORT SYSTEM

ANNUAL VEHICLE PERMITS CAN BE PURCHASED FROM THE COUNTY TREASURER'S OFFICE WITH RENEWAL OF TAGS/TAXES. COST FOR PERMITS ARE $15.50 AND WILL BE VALID THROUGH THE TAG EXPIRATION DATE. TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS LET THEM KNOW YOU WANT TO PURCHASE PASSPORTS (ANNUAL VEHICLE PERMITS) FOR KANSAS STATE PARKS. 

For Current Lake level and Fishing information view the Lake and Fishing Information page.


PARK OFFICE CLOSURE

The park office will be closed Monday April 20, Wednesday April 22 and Wednesday April 29, 2015.

The park office is open Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm. Closed Saturday and Sunday. Please call ahead to make sure the park office will be open when you arrive.

PARK EVENT

April 25, 2015 Park Open House/Free Park Entrance 8:00am - 4:00pm


Cabin Information

Check out the cabins page for more information on each of the Wilson State Park Cabin's. From there you can reserve a specific cabin online or you can go to the online cabin reservation system and look at all cabin availability.

Reservation fees and processing fees are in addition to the rental fees. Weekends require a two night stay (Fri-Sat) Holiday weekends require a three night stay (Fri - Sun).

Cabin Check-in time is 2:00pm NO EXCEPTIONS and Check-out time is 12:00pm. Cabins have keyless entry on the doorlocks. Use the last four digits of your phone number the reservation was done under for entry to the cabin.

REMINDER : Permits are required year round for all vehicles that come into the Park.

General Information

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#3 State Park Road
 
Sylvan Grove , KS    67481
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Helpful Information

Park Office - (785) 658-2465

Office Hours - The Park Office is currently open 8:00am -4:00pm Monday through Friday. Closed Saturday & Sunday. Please call ahead to make sure the office is open if you are driving from a distance. Check the park news for detailed days the office will be closed.

The Park office will be Open Saturday April 25, 2015 for Open House/Free Park Entrance Day.

Big Bluestem shower house/bathroom facility, Wheatgrass shower house/bathroom facility and the Marina bathroom are open in Hell Creek and the Yarrow shower house/bathroom facility is open. CXT buildings are available at the Hell Creek boat ramp and the Otoe boat ramp.

Notice: The Courtesy Dock at the Hell Creek Boat Ramp is floating in the water.

Park Fees

We are in the prime season for fees. All electric/water camping sites can be reserved online at reserveamerica.com . Daily camping, annual camping and fourteen day camping permits have increased in price from off - season fees. Prime site fees  are  in   effect in the campgrounds with 50 amp service (Big Bluestem, Foxtail, & Goldenrod) during the prime season. Be sure and pay for vehicle and camping permits at the self pay stations during evening hours and days when the office is closed.   Please follow instructions and prices at the self pay stations.

Park fees changed April 1, 2015. We are in the prime season for permits and rentals thru Sept 30, 2015.

Shelter Reservations

Wilson State Park has four large shelters available for use. They are great for groups, family reunions, and weddings. Tatanka (the church) is a great place for weddings and is located on the Hell Creek side of the state park. Wyoming shelter can only be reserved with the group camp area. The Otoe area has Pine Shelter and Yucca Shelter. All the shelters are covered and have picnic tables amd charcoal grills. Electricity is available at Tatanka & Pine. Yucca shelter does not have electricity. All large shelters (EXCEPT WYOMING) are available individually by paying a designated reservation fee. Contact the park office for more information. 785-658-2465 and Press 1.

Seasonal (Long Term) Camping

Electric sites in the Dropseed and Grama (# 4,5,6,11,12,&13)camping areas are available for Seasonal camping. Each of the sites is available for 30 consecutive days and can be stayed on for 8 months maximum. Each site has electricity. Call the park office for more information and availability. Your camper must be on the site the day the reservation is made. For more information or for reservations contact the park office at 785-658-2465.

Lake Wilson Marina  is located in the Hell Creek Area of the state park and is a full serivce marina. They carry all kinds of items needed for camping and fishing, including food/drink, dry goods, bait and tackle, and many other items. Boat rental, slip rental, storage rental, and boat repair is also available through the marina. For more information on goods and services at the marina, call 785-658-2392.

Knotheads Bait & Tackle Shop  is located on the east side of South Shore (Shoreline) Drive just off 232 highway. Fishing items are available as well as camping supplies. For information on other items available contact 785-658-2166.


Special Regulations

 

Here is a complete list of Public Land Regulations or you can download the regulation summary.

History

Wilson State Park was established by the Kansas Legislature in 1966. The Hell Creek Area was established at this time. The state received Otoe Area in 1984.

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Wilson Areas
Hell Creek
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • Reservable Sites: Yes
  • Primitive Camping: 39
  • Water, Sewer, Electric: 4
  • Water, Electric: 49
  • Electric: 36
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    Wilson Lake Lovegrass Group Camp Area


Wilson Trails
Cedar Trail
  • Trail Season: Year round
  • Length of Trail: 1 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: N38°55.520 W98°29.177
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    Cedar Trail is handicap-accessible trail with an asphalt surface. This trail is great for leisurely walks.


Switchgrass Bike Trail
  • Trail Season: Year round
  • Length of Trail: 23 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: N38°54.965 W98°30.549
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    The Switchgrass trail head is located at the Switchgrass Restroom parking lot.

    Wilson Lake Mountain Bike Trail (Hell Creek Area)

    While the primary purpose of this trail is to offer challenges to mountain bikers, all park visitors are invited to take advantage of the trail. Access to the trailhead is restricted during the winter months.


Dakota Trail
  • Trail Season: Year round
  • Length of Trail: 2 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: N38°55.366 W98°30.244
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    Dakota Trail offers some of the best views of the lake and surrounding area.

    Wilson Lake Dakota Trail

    The trail winds around hills surrounding the lake and offers a more challenging hike. Brochures for this self-guided, interpretive trail are available at the trail head and at the park office. Currently, Dakota trail is under renovation and has not been maintained for use by park patrons. Please check back at a later date for completion of the renovations.


Wilson Cabins

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

Reserve Now

Wilson State Park is providing rental cabins as an alternative camping opportunity. You can experience the beauty of the lake from the comfort of one of 8 modern cabins with all the comforts of home.

Wilson Lake Foxtail #2 Cabin
Wilson Lake Elm #1 Cabin

Four cabins are located at Foxtail in the Hell Creek area and four cabins at Elm in the Otoe area . All four of the cabins in the Hell Creek area are one bedroom with a full size bed. All of the cabins have a futon  provided. Futons fold out into a full bed. Sand Lily cabin has a twin sized Murphy bed that folds down from the wall and a couch. Pin Oak cabin has an additional futon that folds out into a double bed as well as a couch.  Kent's cabin and Foxtail kitchens have a two burner cooktop while Sand Lily and Pin Oak have a small oven/stove. All cabins have  a refrigerator/freezer, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, pots & pans, dishes and silverware. Kitchen table and four chairs and a charcoal barbecue grill/utensils are also provided.  Cabins have modern bathrooms with showers as well as air conditioning and heating.

Wilson Lake Elm Kitchen Area

Cabins in the Otoe area have similar amenities as the Hell Creek area. The kitchen is equipped with a small oven/stove and they have a futon and a couch. Elm cabins also have a murphy bed which folds down from the wall into a twin bed in the living areas. Bedding is not provided. You will need to bring your own bedding, towels, toiletry items, and kitchen towels. No pets are allowed in the cabins and smoking is prohibited in the cabins.

Prices for cabins are: Off Season Oct-March: $70 per night; Prime Season April-Sept $75 per night on week nights and $115 per night on weekends and holidays. A one time $14 processing fee is in addition to the rental rate per night.

NOTE: The four electric, water & sewer sites located in the Foxtail campground in the Hell Creek area by the cabins are available for reservation.

A daily vehicle permit is required unless the renter has a current annual vehicle permit.

Wilson Lake Elm Cabin View

Reservations

Reservations can be done online at www.reserveamerica.com

Walk-ins are possible if cabins are available. Weekend reservations require a minimum two-night stay and holiday weekends require a minimum three night stay. A reservation fee equals the total cabin rental fee plus the nonrefundable reservation fee.

Refunds/Cancellations

The cabin reservation fee cannot be refunded. Cancellations up to 30 days prior to the reservation date are eligible for refund of rental fees, but NOT the 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 are not eligible for refund of any fees paid.

Check In and Check Out Time

Check In time is 2:00 p.m. No Exceptions

Check Out Time is 12:00 p.m. No Exceptions

For more information on cabins or to make a reservation contact the park office at (785) 658-2465 or go online at the above-listed website.



Kent's Cabin
  • Type of Cabin: Modern Cabin
  • Location of Facility: N38 55.404 W98 30.696
  • This Facility is Reservable.
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    Kent's Cabin is a one bedroom cabin with a full size bed.

    Wilson Lake Foxtail Cabin Bedroom

    A futon is provided in the living area. Futons fold out to a full size bed allowing cabin to sleep four.

    Wilson Lake Foxtail Cabin Kitchen

    Kitchen has a two burner cooktop, small refrigerator, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, pots & pans, dishes and silverware. Kitchen table and four chairs and a charcoal barbecue grill/utensils are also provided.

    Wilson Lake Foxtail Cabin Bathroom Sink

    Cabin has a modern bathroom with showers as well as air conditioning and heating.


Elm Bluff
  • Type of Cabin: Modern Cabin
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N38°55.608 W98°29.583
  • This Facility is Reservable.
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    The Elm Bluff

    Wilson Lake Elm #1 Cabin

    cabin is a one bedroom cabin with a full size bed. A futon bed is provided in the living area. Futon folds out to a full size bed along with a twin size Murphy bed.

    Wilson Lake Elm Murphy Bed

    Kitchen has a small oven/stove, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, pots & pans, dishes, silverware, a table and chairs. The kitchen is also equipped with a small oven/stove and a refrigerator with freezer. Charcoal barbecue grills are provided at the Otoe cabins.

    Wilson Lake Elm Kitchen/Bar

    Cabin has a modern bathroom with shower as well as air conditioning and heating.

    Bedding is not provided. 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.


Elm Ridge
  • Type of Cabin: Modern Cabin
  • This Facility is Reservable.
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    Wilson Lake Elm # 2 Cabin

    The Elm Crest cabin is a one bedroom cabin with a full size bed. A futon bed is provided in the living area. Futon folds out into a full size bed along with a twin size Murphy bed.

    Wilson Lake Elm Cabin Bedroom

    Kitchen has a two burner cooktop, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, pots & pans, dishes, silverware, a table and four chairs. The kitchen is also equipped with a small oven/stove and a small refrigerator with freezer. Propane barbecue grills are not provided at the Otoe cabins.

    Wilson Lake Elm Kitchen Area

    Cabin has a modern bathroom with shower as well as air conditioning and heating.

    Bedding is not provided. 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.


Elm Grove
  • Type of Cabin: Modern Cabin
  • This Facility is Reservable.
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    Wilson Lake Elm # 2 Cabin

    The Elm Crest cabin is a one bedroom cabin with a full size bed. A futon bed is provided in the living area. Futon folds out into a full size bed along with a twin size Murphy bed.

    Wilson Lake Elm Cabin Bedroom

    Kitchen has a two burner cooktop, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, pots & pans, dishes, silverware, a table and four chairs. The kitchen is also equipped with a small oven/stove and a small refrigerator with freezer. Charcoal barbecue grills are provided at the Otoe cabins.

    Wilson Lake Elm Kitchen Area

    Cabin has a modern bathroom with shower as well as air conditioning and heating.

    Bedding is not provided. 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.


Foxtail
  • Type of Cabin: Modern Cabin
  • Location of Facility: N38* 55.394 W098* 30.675
  • This Facility is Reservable.
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    Wilson Lake Foxtail #2 Cabin

    Foxtail Cabin is a one bedroom cabin with a full size bed. A futon is provided in the living area. Futon folds out to a full size bed allowing cabin to sleep up to four. Kitchen has a two burner cooktop, refrigerator/freezer,

    microwave, toaster, coffee maker, pots & pans, dishes and silverware. Kitchen table and four chairs and a charcoal barbecue grill/utensils are also provided.

    Cabin has a modern bathroom with shower as well as air conditioning and heating.

    Wilson Lake Foxtail Cabin Kitchen Cabinets

Elm Crest
  • Type of Cabin: Modern Cabin
  • Location of Facility: N38* 55.602 W098* 29.654
  • This Facility is Reservable.
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    Wilson Lake Elm # 2 Cabin

    The Elm Crest cabin is a one bedroom cabin with a full size bed. A futon bed is provided in the living area. Futon folds out into a full size bed along with a twin size Murphy bed.

    Wilson Lake Elm Cabin Bedroom

    Kitchen has a two burner cooktop, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, pots & pans, dishes, silverware, a table and four chairs. The kitchen is also equipped with a small oven/stove and a small refrigerator with freezer. Charcaol barbecue grills are provided at the Otoe cabins.

    Wilson Lake Elm Kitchen Area

    Cabin has a modern bathroom with shower as well as air conditioning and heating.

    Bedding is not provided. 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.


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