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: 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**

City: Ninnescah Sailing Association Labor Day Fireworks

Location: Cheney State Park (Ninnescah Sailing Association)

Type: Community Event - Fireworks

Date: Sunday, September 06, 2015

Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Other Information:

The Ninnescah Sailing Association has been celebrating the end of the summer with fireworks at the lake since 1995.  For years the club had fireworks on the 4 th of July like everyone else.  1995 brought the 30 thanniversary of NSA and a huge celebration was planned.  It also brought floods that would postpone the celebration from July 4 th to the Labor Day Weekend.  Since then NSA has celebrated the end of the summer with a spectacular fireworks display over the lake.  Come celebrate the summer of 2015, our 50th anniversary, Sunday September 6 at the Ninnescah Sailing Association located on the West Shore of Cheney Reservoir.  Fireworks begin at sundown.  You can watch them from the water or watch them from the cove in front of the NSA activity center.  Come early, bring a lawn chair, and enjoy the display.  We look forward to seeing you there.

City: Logan Mize Concert - Music in the Park

Location: El Dorado State Park - Walnut River Campground

Type: Community Event

Date: Sunday, September 06, 2015

Contact: El Dorado State Park

Time: 8:00 pm

Other Information:

FREE Concert with Park Permit

Kansas native and Sony Nashville recording artist Logan Mize, with special guest Jason Boyd!

Live music, food vendors and beer garden!

City: Friends of Tuttle Creek State Park

Location: Tuttle Creek State Park, Man Kan Shelter

Type: Camper Bingo

Date: Sunday, September 06, 2015

Contact: Park Office

Phone No: 785-539-7941

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Other Information:

Friends Group will host Bingo at Man Kan Shelter.  Entry fee is a non-perishable food item and group will donate them to the Flint Hills Bread Basket.  Prizes given for winners.

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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