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, December 13, 2015

Contact: Clinton State Park Office

Phone No: 785-842-8562

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Other Information:

Our next guided hike will take place on December 13th.  Meet at the Park Office at 1 p.m. We’ll take a 2 hour hike. This month we’ll be heading South/West on the trails from near the Marina parking area on the Blue Trail. We will pass Lake Henry during this hike, and will hopefully get the chance to see some of the wildlife who usually spends their time in that area of the park. You are welcome to bring leashed pets and children 5 and up. More information and updates can be found on the face book event page "Second Sunday Hikes". 

At the state park we host monthly hikes, but did you know that you can schedule your own private hike as well? We have led hikes for scout troops, school groups, and anything in between. You can even get some friends together and set something up just for kicks. So here's your chance to help some scouts get a badge, show your out-of-town relative the sights, or help get a groups of kids outside where they can learn a thing or two! Questions? Our AmeriCorps member, Trudy, leads most of the hikes in the park and would be happy to work with you! Contact her at

City: First Day Hike

Location: Clinton State Park

Type: Community Event - First Day Hike

Date: Friday, January 01, 2016

Contact: Clinton State Park

Phone No: 785-842-8562

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Other Information:

Trail: North Shores Trail

Meeting Location: Park Office

Details: Warm clothing, good boots, water, trail moderate in difficulty, 2 miles in length

Restrictions: 5 yrs old or older, pets leashed

Cancellation Information: If there is snow or ice the hike will be moved to an easier trail. For recorded cancellation information, participates can call 785-842-8562

We will meet at1pmat the park office. Start the year off right, with US on the trails.  We will start out in our Picnic Area on our hike.  Hopefully we’ll have a chance to see the eagles that winter here at Clinton Lake. Fingers Crossed! 

There will be free t-shirts and hot cocoa to help get us started!




Date: Monday, January 04, 2016

Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Other Information:

On Monday January 4, 2015  starting at 8 AM we will start making the in-person reservations for seasonal sites.  

The procedure will be the same as in previous years; first come will have first choice.  At the time of your reservation the first 30 day payment will be due and you must have  an annual camping permit purchased.  Reservations will only be made to the actual permit holder.

There will be a total of eighteen 2-utilities seasonal sites available this year; seven in Eagles Landing, five in Old Marina Cove, two in Lake View, four in Hill Top and one 3-utility in Old Marina Cove. The seasonal  sites in Old Marina Cove will be your choice of 1-18, if you select site number 11 you will be  charged for a 3-utility site.

No campsite reservations will be handled in the office or over the phone until we are through with the seasonal site reservations.

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State Parks Guide
State Park News
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