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: Hays Bass Anglers Association

Location: Wilson State Park Hell Creek Boat Ramp

Type: Fishing Tournament

Date: Saturday, August 08, 2015

Contact: Clyaton Rudman/Klint VonFeldt

Phone No: 785-639-1496/785-628-6667

Time: 6:00 am - 3:00 pm

Other Information:

Safe light for start time.

City: Knotheads Bait Shop/Kansas Bowfishing Night Series (Carp Bowfishing)

Location: Wilson State Park Hell Creek Boat Ramp

Type: Fishing Tournament

Dates: 08/08/15 - 08/09/15

Contact: Sue Graham

Phone No: 785-658-2166

Time: 8:00 pm - 7:00 am

City: Apple Triathlon - Oz Endurance

Location: Tuttle Creek State Park

Type: Triathlon

Date: Sunday, August 09, 2015


Time: 7:30 am - 12:00 pm

Other Information:

A triathlon at Tuttle Creek State Park.  This is part of a family friendly triathlon weekend in Manhattan, KS.  State Park permits required in addition to entrance fees.

City: Hillsdale Range Novice Handgun Training

Location: Hillsdale Range and Training Facility

Type: Novice Handgun Training

Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Contact: Virgil Corbin

Phone No: 9135941954

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Other Information:

Hillsdale Range and Training Facility is pleased to announce a monthly summer training program for novice handgun shooters, both pistol and revolver.

The second Tuesday of every month from 6-8 PM: May 12, June 9, July 14, August 11, September 8.

The fees will be $10 per student for non-members. Members shoot for free.

Instruction will be conducted by NRA certified instructors, and will be a combination of lecture and live fire.
Class will be geared to individuals with limited or no handgun experience who want to learn to shoot, or who may be considering enrolling in a concealed pistol course. however, this is not a concealed pistol course, and we will not deal with any aspect of concealed carry.
The class will focus on safety, shooting stance and technique, adherence to the principles of pistol & revolver shooting, and accurate shot placement on targets at varying distances.
Attendees should bring their favorite pistol or revolver, 100 rounds of ammunition, eye and ear protection, and an appropriate cleaning kit.
targets will be furnished at no cost.

Register with Virgil Corbin, Range Manager @ 913-594-1954

City: Music in the Park

Location: El Dorado State Park

Type: Music Concert

Date: Thursday, August 13, 2015

Phone No: 316-321-7180

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Other Information:

El Dorado State Park is excited to host the 1st Annual Music In The Park! 

June~ 11th & 25th          

July~ 9th & 23rd

Aug.~ 13th & 27th

Bring your lawn chairs and coolers and join us at the Amphitheater, Located in the Walnut River Area below the Dam!

A $5 vehicle permit IS REQUIRED to enter the park, but there are no additional fees for the Concert!

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State Parks Guide
State Park News
  • Enjoy a Splashing Good Time at Elk City State Park August 1
    INDEPENDENCE – If cruising in a kayak, floating around on a paddleboard, and getting splashed by water balloons are activities your child would enjoy, consider bringing them to Elk City State Park on August 1 for the park’s annual End of Summer Bash and OK Kids Day.Activities will run from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. There is no cost to attend, and al ... Read More
  • Lovewell to Host Annual Fun Day August 1
    WEBBER – Lovewell State Park staff invite your family to join them on Saturday, August 1 for the park’s annual Lovewell Fun Day. The day’s events will kick off with a 5K and 10K Predict Walk and Run. Registration for the walk and run will open at 7 a.m. at the mud volleyball pit.Following the walk and run, a co-ed mud volleyball tournament will ... Read More
  • Families Enjoy 2015 Capital Campout
    TOPEKA– Kids and families from the Topeka area discovered the great outdoors at the Second Annual Capital Campout on Saturday, July 11 at MacLennan Park in Topeka. Even though the Friday night camping portion was cancelled due to inclement weather, more than 50 children and adults came out the following morning from 8 a.m. to noon to enjoy a va ... Read More