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: KS 4-H Discovery Days

Location: Tuttle Creek State Park

Type: 4-H student outdoor instruction

Dates: 06/01/16 - 06/02/16

Contact: Todd Lovin

Phone No: 785-539-7941

Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Other Information:

192 Kansas 4-H students participating in Discovery Days in Manhattan will be instructed on the history and construction of Tuttle Creek Lake, archery shooting, canoeing, and disc golf.

City: Hell Creek Hoedown

Location: Wilson State Park Pine Shelter

Type: Bluegrass Jamboree/Acoustic Music Jam

Dates: 06/03/16 - 06/05/16

Contact: Todd Toman

Phone No: 785-216-0662 or 785-627-6341

Time: 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Other Information:

Jams on Friday and Saturday evening will begin around 7pm and the Gospel Jam on Sunday will begin at 10am. Everyone is welcome to pick, grin or sing along.

City: 12th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament

Location: Glen Elder State Park

Type: Youth Fishing Tournament

Date: Saturday, June 04, 2016

Contact: Scott Waters

Phone No: 785-545-3345

Time: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Other Information:

Youth Fishing Tournament! Along with OK Kids - prizes for every participant!!

City: OK Kids Day

Location: Prairie Dog State Park

Type: Outdoor Kansas for Kids Day

Date: Saturday, June 04, 2016

Contact: Toby Kuhn

Phone No: 785-877-2953

Time: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Other Information:

Bring the kids out for hiking, fishing, archery, trap shooting, jet ski simulator and more plus a free lunch. All youth in attendance will receive a prize. Meet at the Prairie Dog State Park Office at 8:00 am. No vehicle permits are required since this is a free entry day.

City: National Trails Day

Location: Fall River State Park

Type: Trail Hike/Bike

Date: Saturday, June 04, 2016

Contact: Kimberly Jones

Phone No: 620-637-2213

Other Information:

Celebrate National Trails Day by hiking or mountain biking one of seven trails at Fall River. Or check out the new Badger Creek Trail just recently completed by the Kansas Trails Council, it's connected to our Bluestem Trail located in the Quarry Bay Area. Insect repellent, water, and sunscreen are recommended. Check with the office for a guided hike.

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State Parks Guide
State Park News
  • Free Entrance at Kansas State Parks April 23
    PRATT – Soak up the sun, hike a trail, build a craft, enter a 5K, shoot some archery – whatever floats your boat, chances are you’ll be able to enjoy it at a Kansas state park on April 23 during the 2016 Open House event and the best part is, it may only cost you the gas it takes to get there.In an effort to showcase the many exciting and fun t ... Read More
  • Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program Grants Available
    PRATT – The Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) is a part of the National Park Service’s Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which is administered in Kansas by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT). ORLP awards substantial one-to-one matching grants to help urbanized communities provide outdoor recreational ... Read More
  • 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

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