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: Trail Nerds Association

Location: Perry State Park Bike Trails

Type: Mountain Bike

Dates: 08/26/16 - 08/27/16

Contact: Trail Nerds Associaton

Phone No: 816-810-0440

Time: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

City: Milford State Park-Kansas Bass Nation

Location: Rush Creek Boat Ramp

Type: High School Fishing Tournament

Date: Saturday, August 27, 2016

City: Hays Bass Anglers Association

Location: Wilson State Park Hell Creek Boat Ramp

Type: Fishing Tournament

Date: Saturday, August 27, 2016

Contact: Clayton Rudman/Klint VonFeldt

Phone No: 785 639 1496/785 628 6667

Time: 6:00 am - 3:00 pm

Other Information:

Event will start at safe light.

City: The Tiara Triathlon

Location: El Dorado State Park

Type: Race

Date: Saturday, August 27, 2016

Contact: Oz Endurance

Phone No: 316.516.5145

Time: 7:30 am - 11:00 am

Other Information:

On August 27th, 2016, El Dorado Lake will again host the area’s only all women’s triathlon. This all women’s triathlon event will be a Sprint Distance triathlon starting in the Walnut River Beach area. The 400 meter swim will follow a triangular course in the protected waters of Walnut River beach. The 9.5 mile bike course will follow a circular route throughout the lake and outskirts of El Dorado. The 3 mile run course will be throughout the lake property and along a paved bike trail. Aid stations will be found at every mile along the run course.

Various clinics and training opportunities will be hosted leading up to the event. Expect at least one clinic for each discipline hosted by local triathlon coaches and clubs.

City: OK Kids Day

Location: Tuttle Creek State Park

Type: OK Kids Day

Date: Saturday, August 27, 2016

Contact: Tuttle Creek State Park

Phone No: 785-539-7941

Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Other Information:

Family Oriented Outdoor Fun!

Come and join the fun!

NO VEHICLE PERMITS REQUIRED at Tuttle Creek State Park Aug 27


 2016!!  -   Activities subject to change

  • Wounded Warrior Picnic, 
  • Little Apple Train rides and giant inflatables to play on! 
  • Set your sights on Archery, tomahawk and hatchet throwing 
  • Sunset Zoo will have a fun presentation, find out about wild animals up close. 
  • Climb the ROCK WALL! 
  • Kids can get a passport and have it stamped at events to be eligible for prizes at the end of the day. 
  • Canoeing / kayaking
  • Photo booth

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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