State Parks

Twenty-six state parks, including the Prairie Spirit Rail Trail, invite you to explore Kansas outdoors. Whatever your interest — hiking, camping, wildlife watching, fishing, bike riding, horseback riding, hunting, or just plain relaxing, a Kansas state park has what you’re looking for. Most offer utility and primitive camping and access to lakes, trails and wildlife areas. A few are preserved natural areas, so you can enjoy unspoiled, wild Kansas. Many parks host events such as concerts, festivals, and competitions. If you’ve never stayed at a Kansas state park, use this guide to find the perfect getaway. If you haven’t visited recently, look again - there’s more than meets the eye!

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Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events

City: Milford State Park-Kansas Bass Nation

Location: Rush Creek Boat Ramp

Type: Youth Fishing Tournament

Date: Sunday, August 28, 2016

City: Youth ADA Mentored Deer Hunt

Location: Tuttle Creek Lake

Type: Mentored Deer Hunt

Dates: 09/03/16 - 09/04/16

Contact: Steve Prockish

Phone No: 785-539-8511

Time: 6:00 am - 8:00 pm

Other Information:

25 Youth/ADA will be taken on a guided deer hunt around Tuttle Creek Lake. Many partners on this event such as US Army Corps of Engineers, KDWPT, Riley Co. Fish and Game Assn., Tuttle Creek Lake Assn., KC Safari Club, Riley Locker, Alma Locker, Clay Center Locker

City: John Rodgers Chili Cookoff

Location: El Dorado State Park

Type: Open air chili cookoff - Open to the public

Date: Saturday, September 03, 2016

Contact: Darryl Symonds or Shelia Metzger

Phone No: 620-262-7515 316-871-1553

Time: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Other Information:

Cooker Set-up starts at 8:00am

Judging will begin at 2:00pm till 5pm

Judging will be done by Camping Patrons $2.00 to taste chili and post your vote.

Winners for Chili Cook-Off will be at 6:00pm

$30.00 Entry Fee

All Proceeds to benefit El Dorado State Park

Location for the Chili Cook-Off will be at the Bluestem Bait and General Store 

Silent Auction will be held all day, winner will be announced at 5:30pm!

City: 5th Annual Perry State Park Wild Horse Fund Raiser

Location: Perry State Park Wild Horse Trails/Campgrounds

Type: Trial Ride Fund Raiser

Date: Saturday, September 03, 2016

Contact: Dewayne Burgess

Phone No: 785-230-5241

Time: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm

City: NATRC Competitive Trail Ride

Location: Perry State Park Horse Trails/Campground

Type: Competitive Horse Trail Ride

Dates: 09/09/16 - 09/11/16

Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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State Parks Guide
State Park News
  • KDWPT Holiday Closings
    PRATT – There’s plenty to enjoy and be thankful for over the Thanksgiving Holiday, and this year, we hope the great outdoors makes your list. While most Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) offices will be closed Nov. 26-29, we hope you will take time to enjoy hiking, hunting or fishing with family at one of the many public ... Read More
  • Join #OPTOUTSIDE And Visit a Kansas State Park On Black Friday
    PRATT – Hiking, biking, or just relaxing and enjoying the fall weather at a Kansas state park is the perfect way to spend time with family over the holidays or decompress after an intense Black Friday shopping spree. REI, a Seattle-based outdoor recreation and sporting goods giant, is going to close on Black Friday and pay its 12,000 emplo ... Read More
  • Women and Youth Invited to Celebrity Pheasant Hunt Dec. 12
    GLEN ELDER ­– Women and youth ages 11-16 are invited to the 18th Annual Youth and Women’s Celebrity Pheasant Hunt at Waconda Lake on Saturday, December 12 beginning at 7:15 a.m. This special hunt is geared toward providing a comfortable and positive hunting environment for new and inexperienced hunters. To be selected for one of the 40 slots av ... Read More