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: 2nd Sunday Guided Hike

Location: Clinton State Park - North Shore Trails

Type: Guided 2 hour Hike

Date: Sunday, February 14, 2016

Contact: Clinton State Park Office

Phone No: 785-842-8562

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Other Information:

Clinton State Park and AmeriCorps invite you to join us for monthly hikes through the park every Second Sunday through the coming year. Each journey will take you approximately 2 miles along the sections of the existing North Shore Trails that flow throughout Clinton State Park. We'll be exploring the understatedly hilly terrain and abundant wildlife of Eastern Kansas. Amateur arborists and bird watchers will be amazed at the numerous species present within the park boundaries.
For this upcoming hike, and as a general rule for our Second Sundays, we do not recommend children under the age of six attend. Pets must be on a leash no longer than 10 foot. Younger children are welcome, but be aware that the uneven terrain and length of the hikes may create the need for more adult assistance.
Don’t forget to bring water and dress appropriately!
A Vehicle Permit will be required. Purchase one by the day at $5.00 or Annually for $25.00 and get into ALL Kansas State Parks for the rest of the year.

What to Bring: Bring Water and Dress Appropriately

City: Friends of Fancy Creek Range

Location: Tuttle Creek

Type: Range Safety Officer training

Date: Saturday, February 20, 2016

Contact: Kerry Moore or Dick Fultz

Phone No: 785-485-5527 or 785-313-2450

Time: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Other Information:

A range safety officer certification course, hosted by Friends of Fancy Creek Range.  Contact person is Kerry Moore. 785-485-5527, bigborerfs@yahoo.com or Dick Fultz, 785-313-2450, rafultz@kansas.net

Will certify the participant to work at Fancy Creek Range or any other range per NRA guidelines as an RSO.  Will also receive Hunter Ed. Instructor hours if HE instructor certified.  RSO's are vital to any range operation.  A little of your time can be critical to range operations. 

City: 2nd Sunday Guided Hike

Location: Clinton State Park-North Shore Trails

Type: Guided 2 hour Tour

Date: Sunday, March 13, 2016

Contact: Clinton State Park

Phone No: 785-842-8562

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Other Information:

Clinton State Park and AmeriCorps invite you to join us for monthly hikes through the park every Second Sunday through the coming year. Each journey will take you approximately 2 miles along the sections of the existing North Shore Trails that flow throughout Clinton State Park. We'll be exploring the understatedly hilly terrain and abundant wildlife of Eastern Kansas. Amateur arborists and bird watchers will be amazed at the numerous species present within the park boundaries.
For this upcoming hike, and as a general rule for our Second Sundays, we do not recommend children under the age of six attend. Pets must be on a leash no longer than 10 foot. Younger children are welcome, but be aware that the uneven terrain and length of the hikes may create the need for more adult assistance.
Don’t forget to bring water and dress appropriately!
A Vehicle Permit will be required. Purchase one by the day at $5.00 or Annually for $25.00 and get into ALL Kansas State Parks for the rest of the year.

What to Bring: Bring Water and Dress Appropriately

City: Tuttle Creek State Park

Location: Tuttle Creek State Park

Type: Geocache Easter Egg Hunt

Dates: 03/19/16 - 03/27/16

Contact: Todd Lovin

Phone No: 78-539-7941

Other Information:

The park will host an Easter Egg Hunt that will be done by geocaching.  The eggs will be out from March 19 - 27.  More details to come as information is available.

City: 2nd Sunday Guided Hike

Location: Clinton State Park-North Shore Trails

Type: Guided 2 hour Tour

Date: Sunday, April 10, 2016

Contact: Clinton State Park

Phone No: 785-842-8562

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Other Information:

Clinton State Park and AmeriCorps invite you to join us for monthly hikes through the park every Second Sunday through the coming year. Each journey will take you approximately 2 miles along the sections of the existing North Shore Trails that flow throughout Clinton State Park. We'll be exploring the understatedly hilly terrain and abundant wildlife of Eastern Kansas. Amateur arborists and bird watchers will be amazed at the numerous species present within the park boundaries.
For this upcoming hike, and as a general rule for our Second Sundays, we do not recommend children under the age of six attend. Pets must be on a leash no longer than 10 foot. Younger children are welcome, but be aware that the uneven terrain and length of the hikes may create the need for more adult assistance.
Don’t forget to bring water and dress appropriately!
A Vehicle Permit will be required. Purchase one by the day at $5.00 or Annually for $25.00 and get into ALL Kansas State Parks for the rest of the year.

What to Bring: Bring Water and Dress Appropriately

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State Parks Guide
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  • 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