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: Irish Road Bowling

Location: Clinton State Park

Type: Road Bowling

Date: Sunday, March 05, 2017

Contact: Kevin Kelly

Phone No: 785-843-8461

Time: 10:30 am - 5:00 pm

Other Information:

This is an annual fundraiser event to benefit the children charities for the Lawrence St. Patrick's Day Parade.  The object is to throw an iron ball around the course (campground #1 roads) and then throw a smaller ball to get it as close to the iron ball as possible.   Scoring is similar to golf.    This is a FUN event.

City: USA Bassin

Location: Hell Creek Boat Ramp

Type: Fishing Tournament

Date: Saturday, April 08, 2017

Contact: Rick Wheeler

Phone No: 316-734-1430

Time: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm

City: Earth Day/OK Kids Day

Location: Cross Timbers State Park - Toronto Point

Type: Area School Event

Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017

Contact: Kimberly Jones

Phone No: 620-637-2213

Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Other Information:

Earth day event held especially for area schools. The students will enjoy Kansas Wildlife, Archery, Shelter Building, and more. Event sponsored by the OK Kids program presented by the Kansas Wildscape Foundation.

City: Kids Fishing Derby with the Clinton State Parks Fishing’s Future Chapter

Location: Lake Henry

Type: Fishing Derby

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017

Phone No: 7858428562

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Other Information:

Location: Clinton State Park, Lake Henry

FEE: $5.00 Daily Vehicle Permit


KDWPT/ Clinton State Park chapter of Fishing’s Future will host a Kid’s Fishing Derby on April 22, 2017 at Lake Henry.   Children up to age 15 are invited to bring their poles (or one will be provided). Everything else needed to catch fish will be provided, to include assistance from local anglers.  We’ll give you instruction, supplies and bait.  We’ll let you enjoy fishing with your little angler.  If you need help we’ll be there! 

Registration will open at 9:00 AM, and the derby will run from 10:00 to 11:30.


There will be games, contests and prizes for all registered kids after the derby. Please Call the Clinton State Park Office @ 785-842-8562 to Pre-Register.

Lake Henry is a 3 acre stocked pond within the state park.   After purchasing your vehicle permit you’ll take a Left and Park in a field on the East side of the road.  You’ll then walk across the road to the Lake Henry paved road.   Take the short hike and we’ll see you at the registration tent set up on the South side. 

We’ll see you out there!   

City: Let's Camp America- Cedar Bluff

Location: Cedar Bluff State Park

Type: Camping

Date: Saturday, May 06, 2017

Contact: Amber McLaughlin

Phone No: 785-726-3212

Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm

Other Information:

Let's Camp America... Starting with Cedar Bluff State Park!  Free Vehicle Entry all day.  Camping fees still apply.  We are busy planning some special activities and will update as soon as we know more.  We look forward to having you here!

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State Parks Guide
State Park News
  • Tuttle Creek State Park Selected For BlueCHIP Award
    PRATT – Tuttle Creek State Park near Manhattan was recently chosen to receive a $2,500 BlueCHIP Award by BlueCross BlueShield of Kansas (BCBSKS) and the Kansas Recreation and Parks Association (KRPA). BlueCHIP Awards are issued through a community health improvement program created seven years ago by KRPA and BCBSKS to recognize and reward Kans ... Read More
  • Waconda Lake To Host Annual Youth and Women’s Pheasant Hunt
    GLEN ELDER ­– The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) and sponsoring partners will conduct the 2016 Youth and Women’s Celebrity Pheasant Hunt at Waconda Lake (Glen Elder Reservoir) on Saturday, Dec. 10. The event will begin at 7:15 a.m. with breakfast in the Hopewell Church basement at Glen Elder State Park, followed by a p ... Read More
  • Lovewell State Park 3D Shoot and Free Park Entrance Day Sept. 11
    WEBBER – Lovewell State Park, in Jewell County, is sponsoring a 3D archery shoot on Sunday, Sept 11. Beginning at 9 a.m., participants can register at the state park archery range, located just north of Cottonwood Campground. All shooters must complete the course by 12 p.m. A $10 donation is suggested to enter and prizes will be awarded fo ... Read More