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!

Make a Reservation!
Make a Reservation!

Make a Reservation NOW!

KDWPT Reservation Information - Cabin & campsite locations, terms and conditions of reserving, etc.

Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events

City: Music in the Park - The Green Flamingos

Location: El Dorado State Park

Type: Music Concert

Date: Thursday, July 09, 2015

Phone No: 316-321-7180

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Other Information:

Green Flamingos started in 2012, when siblings JL and Annie Friesen first began playing music together.

Green Flamingos play what they refer to as "acoustified rock, and pseudo-electrified folk." Consisting primarily of guitar, cajon, and vocals, with upright bass here and there, The Green Flamingos play many different varieties of music, from classic rock and oldies to current rock and pop, from classic country to folk and Americana. By taking familiar songs and transforming them into a distinct acoustic-americana style, along with young ears, The Green Flamingos are perfect for an audience of any age.

In 2015, after cycling through a host of talented, but temporary, musicians, a third official bend member was introduced. With talented and creative members, Green Flamingos are an acoustic trio that's hard to beat! 

City: Lantern Fest 2015

Location: El Dorado State Park

Type: El Dorado CVB

Date: Saturday, July 11, 2015

Contact: Jen Cook

Phone No: 316-321-9100

Time: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Other Information:

At The Lantern Fest, thousands of revelers join together armed with lanterns for one unforgettable spectacle. There will be music, dancing, s’mores and, when the time is just right, we will light the sky with our highest hopes, deepest regrets, and fondest dreams.

We are excited to have Susie Brown touring with us this year. This multi-talented musician, singer, songwriter, and performer is just getting started, but has already accomplished things beyond most musicians’ wildest dreams. She has performed at the Grand Ole Opry, CMA Fest, CMT Awards, and appeared with Big & Rich in ESPN's College Gameday commercial. Check out her website here!

Register at

With your Lantern Pass, you will receive a wristband granting you entrance to the event, a Lantern, crayons to decorate, and a s'mores kit (with enough supplies to make 3 s'mores).

***NOTE: All individuals ages 15 and under are free, but must check-in at the event and have a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian.***

City: Catfish Chasers

Location: Eisenhower State Park

Type: Fishing Tournament

Dates: 07/11/15 - 07/12/15

Contact: David Studebaker

Phone No: 785-249-3991

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 am

Other Information:

East Boat Ramp - Visit for more information.

City: Hillsdale Range Novice Handgun Training

Location: Hillsdale Range and Training Facility

Type: Novice Handgun Training

Date: Tuesday, July 14, 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: Sunflower State Games

Location: Eisenhower State Park

Type: Competitive Trail Ride

Dates: 07/17/15 - 07/19/15

Contact: Connie Wright

Phone No: 785-528-3275

Time: 4:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Other Information:

All activities will take place at WestPoint Campground. Come join us for some food, fun and good old competition. register online at:

View Event Calendar >>

State Parks Guide
State Park News
  • Celebrate the Fourth at a Kansas State Park
    PRATT – If you’re still looking for the ultimate family-friendly location to spend the Fourth of July Holiday, consider visiting your local Kansas state park. With great views, access to water, and eye-catching fireworks displays, Kansas state parks are the perfect answer for a fun and memorable holiday this year. All Kansas state park Fourth o ... Read More
  • Safe On the Water
    PRATT – The Fourth of July Holiday is popular with Kansas state park patrons. It’s hot, and being outdoors close to the water draws thousands. Most parks have designated swimming beaches, buoyed for safety, but there are no lifeguards. Swimmers must obey safety rules and use common sense to prevent tragedy from marring what should be a fun, rel ... Read More
  • Beginner Sailing Classes to be Held for Youth Ages 8-17
    CHENEY – The Ninnescah Sailing Association’s (NSA) Jr. Sailing Camps are underway and youth age 8-17 are invited to attend. The first camp session will be offered July 6-10, and a second camp session will be offered July 20-24. All classes will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and will be held at the Afterdeck Activity Center at Cheney La ... Read More