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: Speedy PD Race

Location: Tuttle Creek State Park, River Pond

Type: Benefit for Parkinson's Disease

Date: Saturday, August 29, 2015

Contact: Corri Frigon

Phone No: 785-410-2814

Time: 6:30 am - 11:00 am

Other Information:

A 5K, 10K, and 1/2 mile fun run put on by Meadowlark Hills to benefit Parkinson's Disease.

City: The Tiara Triathlon

Location: El Dorado State Park

Type: Race

Date: Saturday, August 29, 2015

Contact: Oz Endurance

Phone No: 316.516.5145

Time: 7:30 am - 11:00 am

Other Information:

On August 29th, 2015, 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: Atchison Bass Club

Location: Clinton State Park Boat Ramp #3

Type: Club Tounament

Date: Sunday, August 30, 2015

Contact: Brian Monson

Phone No: 913-638-7539

Time: 6:00 am - 3:00 pm

Other Information:

Club Tournament

City: John Rodgers Chili Cookoff

Location: El Dorado State Park

Type: Open air chili cookoff - Open to the public

Date: Saturday, September 05, 2015

Contact: Tim McCreedy 316-761-7648 or Darryl Symonds 620-262-7515

Phone No: 316-761-7648

Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Other Information:

Cooker Set-up starts at 8:00am

Judging will begin at 2:00pm till 5pm

Judging will be done by Camping Patrons $2.00 to taste chili and post your vote.

Winners for Chili Cook-Off will be at 6:00pm

$30.00 Entry Fee

All Proceeds to benefit El Dorado State Park

Location for the Chili Cook-Off will be at the Bluestem Bait & General Store 

Silent Auction will be held all day, winner will be announced at 5:30pm!

City: Tye-Dye Shirt Project

Location: Eisenhower State Park - Basketball Court

Type: Tye Dye

Date: Sunday, September 06, 2015

Contact: Park Office

Phone No: 785-528-4102

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Other Information:

Join in for some Tie-Dye fun at Ike's Shelter House while supplies last! No charge for youth 14 years and younger. Participants 15+ years of age must purchase their t-shirt. If a participant brings their own shirt to be tie-dyed there is no charge.

**Park permit is required**

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State Parks Guide
State Park News
  • Enjoy a Splashing Good Time at Elk City State Park August 1
    INDEPENDENCE – If cruising in a kayak, floating around on a paddleboard, and getting splashed by water balloons are activities your child would enjoy, consider bringing them to Elk City State Park on August 1 for the park’s annual End of Summer Bash and OK Kids Day.Activities will run from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. There is no cost to attend, and al ... Read More
  • Lovewell to Host Annual Fun Day August 1
    WEBBER – Lovewell State Park staff invite your family to join them on Saturday, August 1 for the park’s annual Lovewell Fun Day. The day’s events will kick off with a 5K and 10K Predict Walk and Run. Registration for the walk and run will open at 7 a.m. at the mud volleyball pit.Following the walk and run, a co-ed mud volleyball tournament will ... Read More
  • Families Enjoy 2015 Capital Campout
    TOPEKA– Kids and families from the Topeka area discovered the great outdoors at the Second Annual Capital Campout on Saturday, July 11 at MacLennan Park in Topeka. Even though the Friday night camping portion was cancelled due to inclement weather, more than 50 children and adults came out the following morning from 8 a.m. to noon to enjoy a va ... Read More