Elk City State Park

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Elk City Wildlife Area

Located about 5 miles northwest of Independence, 1 mile north of US-160

Dense oak and hickory woodlands meet rolling meadows of big bluestem and Indian grass at this striking 857-acre park located on the east shore of 4,500-acre Elk City Reservoir with 12,000 acres of wildlife area nearby. Elk City State Park offers a quiet, family-oriented get-away. The compact park allows easy, quick access to features including boat ramps, a swim beach, camping, playgrounds, and hiking trails. The lake area offers picturesque views ranging from open prairie to wooded hills and limestone bluffs.

The area is well-known for its diverse trail systems, including the Eagle Rock Mountain Bike Trail, the Post-Oak and Green Thumb Nature Trails, the Table Mound Hiking Trail, and the Squaw Creek Hiking Trail. Also nearby is the Elk River Hiking Trail, a 15-mile trail from the west end of the dam to the US-160 bridge over the Elk River south of Elk City. Wildlife watchers can see a variety of Kansas wildlife, including the large pileated woodpecker which is common in the mature trees along the Elk River.

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Address:
4825 Squaw Creek Rd
Independence,KS    67301
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Park News - Updated: 05/26/2015

Welcome to Elk City State Park!

Park Conditions -   Due to high water, Comfort Cove sites 16-52 and ALL of Sunset Point are closed.  The fishing and boating docks are not accessible due to high water. 

Lake Conditions - 815 ft (+19ft) with minimal release.

Youth/Mentor Pond: Anglers 16 to 75 must have a fishing license and be accompanied by a fishing youth under 16.  Special Creel Limits and Regulations are in effect.

Please visit www.reserveamerica.com or call the office at 620-331-6295 for site availability.  

For fishing reports or information about the wildlife area, call the project office at 620-331-6820. 

For information regarding Card Creek, the Outlet Channel, the Elk River Hiking Trail, and Overlook call the Big Hill Lake Office (COE) at 620-336-2741.

Don't forget to visit the park's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ElkCityStatePark - Great resource for event information and park conditions.

General Information
2015 Glow in the Park Fun Run Registration (JPEG - 201.82 kB)

Registration form for the 2015 Glow in the Park Fun Run at Elk City State Park.  Print and mail/take to Elk City State Park Office or Gatehouse with payment.  Call the park office at 620-331-6295 for more information.

2014 Neewollah Campout (JPEG - 94.48 kB)

2014 Neewollah Campout - October 31st & November 1st.

Food, Games, Prizes, Haunted Trail, and FUN!!!

2014 NEW Glow Run Registration Form (VND.OPENXMLFORMATS-OFFICEDOCUMENT.WORDPROCESSINGML.DOCUMENT - 16.55 kB)

Registration form for the 2014 Glow in the Park Fun Run at Elk City State Park.  Print and mail/take to Elk City State Park Office or Gatehouse with payment.  Call the park office at 620-331-6295 for more information.

2014 Open House Flyer (PDF - 238.02 kB)

The park will host a Free Entrance day on March 29th for Open House.  The office will be open 9:00am to 5:00pm.  There will be several events from 1:00pm to 5:00pm including a kids fishing derby.  A 2-person team pasture golf tournament will be held in the morning (Tee off between 8am and 10am) and a horseshoes tournament will start at 3:00pm.  Both tournaments have a team entry fee of $10 and prizes will be awarded for winners.  PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED for horseshoes tournament.  The tournaments are sponsored by the Friends Group and proceeds go to youth recreation programs.  A free cookout and raffle drawing will end the day at 5:00pm. For a list of events and times, download the PDF Flyer here or visit the park's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ElkCityStatePark


Phone:
Address:
4825 Squaw Creek Rd
 
Independence, KS    67301
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Helpful Information

Park Office - (620) 331-6295


History

Elk City State Park was made possible by the signing of a lease agreement in 1967 between the Kansas Parks and Resources and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Elk City Areas
Timber Road
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: No
  • Reservable Sites: Yes
  • Water, Electric: 1

Day Use
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: Yes
  • Reservable Sites: Yes
  • Primitive Camping: 48
  • Water, Sewer, Electric: 68
  • Water, Electric: 20

Comfort Cove
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: Yes
  • Reservable Sites: Yes
  • Primitive Camping: 9
  • Water, Sewer, Electric: 52
  • Water, Electric: 43

Elk City Trails
Exercise 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: N37 15.181 W095 46.614
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    This is an exercise trail in the Day Use area. It is 1/2 mile in length and has various exercise apparatus along the trail.


South Squaw Bike Trail
  • Trail Season: Year-around
  • Length of Trail: 2.5 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Mt. Biking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • Location of Start: N37 15.072 W095 46.481
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    This is a paved trail through the South Squaw area of the State Park. It has views of the wildlife area, the south side of the lake and is available for walking or bike riding.


South Squaw Hiking Trail
  • Trail Season: Year-around
  • Length of Trail: 3.29999995231628 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Mt. Biking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • Location of Start: N37 15.072 W095 46.481
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    This is a paved trail through the South Squaw area of the State Park. It has views of the wildlife area, the south side of the lake and is available for walking or bike riding.


Eagle Rock Mountain Bike Trail
  • Trail Season: Year-around
  • Length of Trail: 4 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Mt. Biking, Canoe/Kayaking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • Location of Start: N37 16.688 W095 46.808
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    This trail was designed with the beginner mountain biker in mind but also for the experienced mountain biker to excel on. On its path, which passes by large sycamore and oak trees, the trail has roller coaster dips, straight and winding climbs, down hills and log jumps with ride-around provided in most places for the less skilled riders. The trail begins along the Elk River just north of the reservoir outlet. The wooded portion of the trail soon gives way to a trek through ice age boulders that cover the hillside. Another segment of the trail winds through tall native grasses. Like all the trails at Elk City Lake, the scenery seen along Eagle Rock trail is phenomenal.


Post Oak Self-Guiding Nature Trail
  • Trail Season: Year-around
  • Length of Trail: 1 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Canoe/Kayaking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • Location of Start: N37 16.609 W095 46.704
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    This 2/3-mile trail located on the top of table mound is a relatively easy hike. The trailhead is located at the scenic overlook near the dam. The old-growth forest setting that this trail winds through is indicative of the Cross Timbers region. A wide variety of tree species can be found here with many specimens being well over 200 years in age. A self-guiding brochure has been developed to coincide with this trail to be used as an interpretive aide for the user. This trail has been designated as a National Recreation Trail under the U.S Department of the Interior?s National Trail System.


Green Thumb Nature Trail
  • Trail Season: Year-around
  • Length of Trail: 1 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Canoe/Kayaking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: N37 15.516 W095 46.736
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    This interpretive nature trail is a loop design with its trailhead located in the Timber Road Campground. Features of the trail include two wooden pedestrian footpaths, which are about 33-40 feet in length and interpretive signing informing hikers of the plants and animals native to this area. The trail is described as a moderately strenuous hike that is somewhat uphill. At the top of the hill, the surrounding trees frame a spectacular view of Elk City Lake.


Table Mound Hiking Trail
  • Trail Season: Year-around
  • Length of Trail: 2.75 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Canoe/Kayaking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: N37 15.509 W095 46.752
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    This linear trail has a trailhead at the Scenic Overlook near the dam and at Timber Road Campground, northwest of the State Park office. Due to this trails length, it is able to give witness to the hiker many different and picturesque scenes. If chosen to begin the trail at the Scenic Overlook, the trail runs north .2 mile atop edge of Table Mound along the edge of a 20-foot bluff. After dropping through a crack in a rock and going down to the foot of the bluff, it turns sharply south. For about the next .5 mile, the trail passes along vertical rock walls, boulder fields and cave-like formations. The trail then drops down through a ravine and crosses the county road. For the next 1.9 miles, the trail winds through forested hills and crosses three small creeks. The final segment is .15 mile and is along an old roadway. This particular trail is blazed with blue paint markings and is considered a moderately strenuous hike. This trail has been designated as a National Recreation trail under the U.S Department of the Interior?s National Trail System.


Elk City State Park Biking and Hiking Trails
  • Trail Season: Year-around
  • Length of Trail: 12 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Mt. Biking, Canoe/Kayaking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: N37 15.582 W095 46.079
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    Located in the Cross Timbers region consisting mainly of ancient post and blackjack oaks, Elk City State Park boasts some of the best hiking trails in southeast Kansas. Currently, the state park operates Four foot trails totaling 8 miles and one mountain bike trail which is approximately 4 miles in length. Two other trails, the Elk River hiking trail and the Timber Ridge hiking trail are also located at Elk City Lake but are not located on state park property.


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