El Dorado State Park

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Located 3 miles east of El Dorado on US-54 and 1 mile north

One of the top state parks in America based on fishing, boating and family fun, El Dorado State Park is conveniently located at the edge of the Flint Hills near three state highways and an interstate (the Kansas Turnpike). With about 2,000 acres of park and 4,000 acres of wildlife area surrounding 8,000 acres of water with 98 miles of shoreline, there are plenty of opportunities to explore this premier lake destination.

A variety of trails are available in the State Park - hiking trails, biking trails and horse trails which include hitching posts on the shoreline and campsites with corrals and other equestrian amenities. Steep, rocky shorelines, old river channels, submerged railroad beds and dead standing timber beckon a variety of sportfish popular in Kansas along with the anglers that seek them. Wildlife enthusiasts can see a wide range of small mammals, white-tailed deer, songbirds, game birds and waterfowl. 

Phone:
Address:
618 NE Bluestem Rd.
El Dorado,KS    67042
County/Counties:
Park News - Updated: 05/21/2015

 Park News

State Park Office Hours

The El Dorado State Park Office

SUMMER HOURS,

8:00 am - 4:30pm Monday - Thursday

8:00am - 8:00pm Friday

9:00am - 7:00pm Saturday  

Boat registrations close 30 minutes prior to the closing time each day.

Park permits are always available at the self pay stations near the entrances to the Parks.  

Facility Update

Bluestem Point - All Utilities are on! 

Boulder Bluff -   All Utilities are on! 

Shady Creek -  All Utilities are on!  

Walnut River - All Utilities are on!        

Lake Level

(To get the most up to date Lake information, go to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' web page, which is located at http://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/ELDR.lakepage.html.)
    • Pool elevation is 1339.86 feet on Thursday 21May15 Time: 0900 hours.
    • At this elevation the total amount of water stored in El Dorado Lake is 164686 acre-feet.
    • Reservoir release is 8 cubic feet per second on Thursday 21May15 Time: 0900 hours.
    • Flood control pool is 7.88% full.
    • Flood control pool storage filled is 6497 acre-feet which is equivalent to 0.52 inches of runoff over the entire drainage basin.
    • Flood control pool storage empty is 75974 acre-feet which is equivalent to 6.09 inches of runoff over the entire drainage basin. 
Where to Purchase your Permits and Licenses -

2015 Park permits and licenses are available at all KDWPT Park Offices throughout the state. Permits at El Dorado State Park are also available to purchase from Camp Hosts, Gate Hosts, and all self pay stations.

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Long Term Camping  Facilities

Long term camping is available in the Frontier Refinery (Walnut River Campground Area #2) . Please see the camp host or the Park Office to make long term camping arrangements. Long Term Camping (30 day) monthly rate = $434.50, which includes water, electric & sewer. (User must also possess an Annual Camp permit).

General Information

Phone:
Address:
618 NE Bluestem Rd.
 
El Dorado, KS    67042
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Helpful Information

El Dorado State Park is located 3 miles east of El Dorado, Kansas on Hwy 54 and 1 mile north. The park office can be reached at (316) 321-7180.
 


History

El Dorado Reservoir was constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and was completed in June of 1981. The lake consists of approximately 8000 surface acres of water, 4500 acres of park lands and 3500 acres of wildlife area. Management of the reservoir resources has been granted to the Ks. Dept. of Wildlife and Parks.
 

El Dorado Areas
Bluestem Point
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • Reservable Sites: Yes
  • Primitive Camping: 265
  • Water, Sewer, Electric: 59
  • Water, Electric: 232

Shady Creek
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • Reservable Sites: No
  • Primitive Camping: 81

Walnut River
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • Reservable Sites: No
  • Water, Sewer, Electric: 63
  • Water, Electric: 126

Boulder Bluff
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • Reservable Sites: No

El Dorado Trails
Cross Country Course
  • Trail Season: Open 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: N37 53.411 W96 48.552
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    A meandering trail in the Flint Hills, used for cross country and walk/run competitions.


Tallgrass Prairie Trail
  • Trail Season: Will be open soon
  • Length of Trail: 0.5 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • This trail is ADA accessible
  • Location of Start: N37 50.374 W96 45.008
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    A scenic trail displaying the wildflowers of the Flint Hills. Currently under construction.


Walnut River Trail.
  • Trail Season: Open Year Round
  • Length of Trail: 2.5 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Mt. Biking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • This trail is ADA accessible
  • Location of Start: N37 50.433 W96 49.613
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    A semi hardened trail that tours the scenic Walnut River campground.


Boulder Bluff Horse Trail
  • Trail Season: Open Year Round
  • Length of Trail: 12 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Horse Riding, Mt. Biking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: N37 53.362 W96 48.555
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    Trail is a scenic stroll through the Flint Hills along the shoreline of El Dorado Lake. An equestrian campground is available in Boulder Bluff Area 1.


Double Black Diamond Trail
  • Trail Season: Open Year Round
  • Length of Trail: 2 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: N37 50.433 W96 49.613
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    A challenging bike trail through the timber of the Walnut River.


Walnut Ridge Trail
  • Trail Season: Open Year Round
  • 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: N37 50.433 W96 49.613
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    A scenic trail accessed from the campground that follows the Walnut River


Teter Nature Trail
  • Trail Season: Open Year Round
  • Length of Trail: 0.75 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: N37 49.980 W96 48.255
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    A diverse nature trail winding through the Flint Hills down into a bottomland hardwood forest and a small stand of Paw Paw trees.


El Dorado Cabins

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

Reserve Now

El Dorado has 5 small sleeper cabins and 2 deluxe cabins in the Bluestem Point area and 3 deluxe cabins in the Walnut River area that can be reserved year-round. Reservations are accepted by telephone (Mastercard or Visa), online, or in person. A $14 non-refundable reservation fee must be paid at the time of reservation.

Cancellation of cabin or campsite reservation 30 days or more prior to arrival date results in a refund of 100% minus the reservation fee, KOALS fees, and issuance fee. Cancellation of cabin or campsite reservation 29 days or less to 5 days prior to arrival date results in a 100% refund minus a one night rental fee, reservation fee, KOALS fees, and issuance fee. Cancellation of cabin or campsite reservation 4 days or less prior to arrival or after the arrival date will result in all fees being forfeited.

Pets are allowed in the designated "Pet Friendly" Cabin, which is Cabin 5 (Larkspur), located at the Bluestem Point Campground. Cabin renters may bring their pets into this cabin, with payment of the $50 Pet Fee. In all other cabins, pets must remain outside in a kennel or on a secured leash no longer than 10 feet. Permittee must be at least 18 years of age, and someone over 18 must be present at the cabin for the duration of its occupancy.

SMALL LOG CABIN AMENITIES INCLUDE:

  • Full bed & set of bunk beds, electricity/heat/air conditioner, water hydrant-outside, table, 4 chairs, picnic table, fire ring,  and barbeque grill. A porch swing is located on the porch of each cabin.
  • Bathroom and shower house for the 5 log cabins is located between cabin #2 and #3.
  • Linens and utensils are not provided.
  • Cabin #5 is our Pet Friendly Cabin, you will have to pay a $50 Non-Refundable Pet Fee, if you choose to have your pet stay in the cabin.
Beach and Cabins
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • Reservable Sites: No

Cabin #1 - Buttercup
  • Type of Cabin: Modern Cabin
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • This Facility is Reservable. Check availability and reserve Cabin #1 - Buttercup
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    The smaller log cabin is a primitive sleeper cabin that provides the following amenities:

    • Full bed/set of bunk beds
      El Dorado State Park log cabin

      The log cabin at El Dorado State Park.

    • Electricity/heat/air conditioner
    • Water hydrant outside
    • Table & seats
    • Picnic table/barbecue grill/fire ring
    • Bathroom and shower house for the 5 cabins is located between cabins 2 and 3.
    • Linens and utensils are not provided.
    • $35/night
    • $14 Reservation Fee per stay.
    El Dorado State Park Log Cabin Interior

    El Dorado State Park Log Cabin Interior


Cabin #2 - Coneflower
  • Type of Cabin: Modern Cabin
  • This Facility is Reservable. Check availability and reserve Cabin #2 - Coneflower
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    The smaller log cabin is a primitive sleeper cabin that provides the following amenities:

    • Full bed/set of bunk beds
      El Dorado State Park log cabin

      The log cabin at El Dorado State Park.

    • Electricity/heat/air conditioner
    • Water hydrant outside
    • Table & seats
    • Picnic table/barbecue grill/fire ring
    • Bathroom and shower house for the cabin is located between cabins 2 and 3.
    • Linens and utensils are not provided.
    • $35/night
    • $14 Reservation Fee per stay.
    El Dorado State Park Log Cabin Interior

    El Dorado State Park Log Cabin Interior


Cabin #3 - Dogwood
  • Type of Cabin: Modern Cabin
  • This Facility is Reservable. Check availability and reserve Cabin #3 - Dogwood
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    The smaller log cabin is a primitive sleeper cabin that provides the following amenities:

    • Full bed/set of bunk beds
      El Dorado State Park log cabin

      The log cabin at El Dorado State Park.

    • Electricity/heat/air conditioner
    • Water hydrant outside
    • Table & seats
    • El Dorado State Park Log Cabin Interior

      El Dorado State Park Log Cabin Interior

      Picnic table/barbecue grill/fire ring
    • Bathroom and shower house for the cabin is located between cabins 2 and 3.
    • Linens and utensils are not provided.
    • $35/night
    • $14 Reservation Fee per stay.

Cabin #4 - Goldenrod
  • Type of Cabin: Modern Cabin
  • This Facility is Reservable. Check availability and reserve Cabin #4 - Goldenrod
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    The smaller log cabin is a primitive sleeper cabin that provides the following amenities:

    • Full bed/set of bunk beds
      El Dorado State Park log cabin

      The log cabin at El Dorado State Park.

    • Electricity/heat/air conditioner
    • Water hydrant outside
    • Table & seats
    • Picnic table/barbecue grill/fire ring
    • Bathroom and shower house for the cabin is located between cabins 2 and 3.
    • Linens and utensils are not provided.
    • $35/night
    • $14 Reservation Fee per stay.

Cabin #5 - Larkspur
  • Type of Cabin: Modern Cabin
  • This Facility is Reservable. Check availability and reserve Cabin #5 - Larkspur
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    The smaller log cabin is a primitive sleeper cabin that provides the following amenities:

    • Full bed/set of bunk beds
      El Dorado State Park log cabin

      The log cabin at El Dorado State Park.

    • Electricity/heat/air conditioner
    • Water hydrant outside
    • Table & seats
    • Picnic table/barbecue grill/fire ring
    • El Dorado State Park Log Cabin Interior

      El Dorado State Park Log Cabin Interior

      Bathroom and shower house for the cabin is located between cabins 2 and 3.
    • Linens and utensils are not provided.
    • This is a pet friendly cabin, but you will have to pay $50 Non-refundable Pet Fee, if you choose to have your pet in the Cabin!
    • $35/night 
    • $14 Reservation Fee per stay

Cabin #6 - Primrose
  • Type of Cabin: Modern Cabin
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N37 51.319 W96 47.182
  • This Facility is Reservable. Check availability and reserve Cabin #6 - Primrose
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    Deluxe Cabin amenities:

    • Handicapped Accessible
    • Bedroom with full size bed and bunk on top
    • Living room with full size bed and bunk on top
    • Kitchen with stove/refrigerator/microwave/coffee pot and toaster
    • Bathroom with shower
    • Table & four chairs
    • Electricity/heat/air conditioner
    • Barbecue grill/picnic table/fire ring
    • (Linens and utensils are not provided.)
    • $100/night
    • $14 Reservation Fee per stay.

Cabin #7 - Prairie Willow
  • Type of Cabin: Modern Cabin
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • This Facility is Reservable. Check availability and reserve Cabin #7 - Prairie Willow
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    Deluxe Large Cabin (Sleeps 10) Amenities:

    • Bedroom with full size bed and bunk on top
    • Living room with full size bed and bunk on top
    • Kitchen with stove/refrigerator/microwave/coffee pot and toaster
    • Bathroom with shower
    • Table & four chairs
    • Electricity/heat/air conditioner
    • Barbecue grill/picnic table/fire ring
    • Loft with two full size mattresses
    • (Linens and utensils are not provided.)
    • $110/night
    • $14 Reservation Fee per stay.

Cabin #8 - Blazing Star
  • Type of Cabin: Modern Cabin
  • This Facility is Reservable. Check availability and reserve Cabin #8 - Blazing Star
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    DELUXE WALNUT RIVER CABIN #8 AMENITIES INCLUDE:

    • Bedroom with full size bed
    • Living room with fold out couch
    • Kitchen with stove/refrigerator/microwave/coffee pot and toaster
    • Bathroom with shower
    • Table & four chairs
    • Electricity/heat/air conditioner
    • Barbecue grill/picnic table/fire ring
    • Loft with full size mattress
    • (Linens and utensils are not provided.)
    • $85/night
    • $14 Reservation Fee per stay.

Cabin #9 - Wild Indigo
  • Type of Cabin: Modern Cabin
  • This Facility is Reservable. Check availability and reserve Cabin #9 - Wild Indigo
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    DELUXE WALNUT RIVER CABIN #9 AMENITIES INCLUDE:

    • Bedroom with full size bed
    • Living room with fold out couch
    • Kitchen with stove/refrigerator/microwave/coffee pot and toaster
    • Bathroom with shower
    • Table & four chairs
    • Electricity/heat/air conditioner
    • Barbecue grill/picnic table/fire ring
    • Loft with full size mattress
    • (Linens and utensils are not provided.)
    • $85/night 
    • $14 Reservation Fee per stay.

Cabin #10 - Indian Paint Brush
  • Type of Cabin: Modern Cabin
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • This Facility is Reservable. Check availability and reserve Cabin #10 - Indian Paint Brush
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    DELUXE WALNUT RIVER CABIN #10 AMENITIES INCLUDE:

    • Handicapped Accessible
    • Bedroom with full size bed
    • Living room with fold out couch/bed
    • Kitchen with stove/refrigerator/microwave/coffee pot and toaster
    • Bathroom with shower
    • Table & four chairs
    • Electricity/heat/air conditioner
    • Barbecue grill/picnic table/fire ring
    • (Linens and utensils are not provided.)
    • $75/night
    • $14 Reservation Fee per stay.

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