Perry State Park
Located between Topeka and Lawrence on the southwest shore of Perry Reservoir, 4 miles north of US-24 on K-237
Extensively forested rolling hills offer shaded camping at Perry Lake. 25 miles of horse trails and 20 miles of biking/hiking trails wind through the upland forest providing visitors a great outdoor experience. Lake Perry also offers excellent channel catfish fishing on 11,000 acres of Perry Reservoir with 160 miles of shoreline.
Hike along the lakeshore and through the woods. The nearly 11,000-acre wildlife area includes about 1,000 acres of marshes, making it a great place to watch and hunt waterfowl. Quail are usually abundant. The reservoir is known for its excellent crappie and channel catfishing. Whether you’re just camping or want to use the area as a base for fishing, hiking, hunting, or other activities, Perry offers a scenic location in the wooded region of northeast Kansas.
WELCOME TO PERRY STATE PARK
LAKE VIEW BOAT RAMP IS NOW OPEN FOR USE
Regular Park Office hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - Noon (closed for lunch) and then 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Park permits are required when entering the state park campgrounds and day use areas. All annual park permits are available at the park office. Also, be sure to inquire about the State Parks Passport at the time you register your vehicles through your County Treasurer's Office. If the office and/or gatehouse is closed, camping and vehicle fees can be paid at the self pay stations at the office or gatehouse.
The Kansas State Parks' Passport! The Kansas State Parks' Passport is available only during your Kansas motor vehicle registration process (new or renewal). It is available at a motor vehicle registration office, through the online vehicle registration site (www. kswebtags.org), or when renewing by mail. The parks' passport only costs $15.50 and is good for a full twelve months (one year) same as your vehicle registration. The park passport expires the same day your vehicle registration expires. For more information, contact Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism, Pratt Operations Office at 620-672-5911 or call your state park office. Don't miss out on this great opportunity - Get Your Kansas State Parks' Passport!
Boat registrations are also available at the park office. In order to register a newly acquired boat, be sure to bring the bill of sale containing an accurate Hull Identification Number and the KA assigned number or any other state's assigned number. Another tip when purchasing a boat from an individual, be sure the person you are buying the boat from is the current registered owner in KDWPT's system.
Currently, a daily vehicle pass is $5.00 (Senior and disability is $3.25). Daily primitive camping is $7.00 per day and utility sites (electricity and water) is $18.00 per day until April 1st at which time the cost for daily primitive camping will be $8.00 per day and utility sites will be $19.00 per day. A $3.00 transaction fee will apply for all walk-in utility sites and primitive camp sites. If you arrive when the office is closed, a self-pay station is available for vehicle and camping permits. The self-pay station is located in the parking lot of the main office and at the gatehouse entrance. 2016 Annual Vehicle permits are available at the park office for $25.00; Senior and Disabled 2015 Annual Vehicle permits are $13.75. Annual camp permits are also available for $152.50 until April 1st at which time the cost for an annual camp permit will be $202.50. All 2016 annual permits purchased at the park office expire December 31, 2015. The office is still closed on weekends, so you are to pay for your sites at the self-pay station kiosks. If you are staying during the weekdays, and do not have a reservation, come up to the office to check availability and pay for your site.
Remember - Report all Wildlife and Parks violations! Call Operation Game Thief at 1-877-426-3843.
The cabins at Perry State Park are open year round and reservations can be made online at www.reserveamerica.com. After April 1st the price for reserving a cabin on the weekends and holidays will be $100.00 per night with a minimum stay of two nights for the Hazelwood, Stonefield and Cottonwood cabins. The Apache cabin will be $95.00 per night on the weekends and holidays with a two night minimum stay. Sunday through Thursday, the cost to reserve a cabin will be $65.00 a night, with a two night minimum stay. There is a reservation fee of $14.00. If you have not tried staying in one of Perry’s cabins, consider coming out this spring/summer.
We have installed mileage markers on the Nature Trail in the park. The trail has been cleaned up and marked so you can record your distance and time in order to track your fitness level. If you can complete one mile in 14 minutes or less without discomfort, you are achieving a good fitness level. Learn more about "What's Your Mile?" and take the Healthy Kansas pledge at www.healthykansas.org.
Wild Horse Campground Area:
ALERT: Wild Horse campground utility sites are limited to Equine campers only. You must have a horse at the site to camp.
Wild Horse Campground area is open for primitive and utility (electricity and water) use. There are eight utility sites available to equestrian campers only. You must have a horse to camp on these utility sites. We have installed hitching posts and corrals at all the utility sites. ALERT: Do not create new trails or trail heads as this causes confusion to riders and creates difficulties in mapping the trail areas. New trails can not be created without the consent and approval of the state park and the Corp of Engineers.
BIG NEWS for Wild Horse campground! A huge THANK YOU goes out to so many folks for all their hard work on the trails and campground the past couple of weeks - On March 17th, Dewayne Burgess, Ed Jarvis, Bill McCall, Eldon Pickett, Pete Pickett and Jo Turner worked on setting the posts for the corrals and cutting the top rail saddles on 78 posts. March 19th, Bill and Linda Liggett, Ed and Sue Jarvis, and Myma Murphy worked on the horse trails, cleaning, cutting limbs and mowing the trails. Dewayne Burgess, Time and Kris Smith, and Mike Murphy worked on the cutting and welding of the pipes to build the corrals. Jo Turner brought lunch for the group. March 22nd, Dewayne Burgess, Bill McCall, and Ed Jarvis worked on building more corrals. March 23rd, Dewayne Burgess, Bill McCall, and Ed Jarvis worked to build another set of pens and by the end of the day the campground had six corrals and a new welder needed to be found. On March 25th, Dewayne Burgess, Jerry Atkins, and Robin and Colby Merz were working on the last two pens. On March 26th, Dewayne Burgess, Jerry Atkins, Robin Merz, and Colby Merz finished the last two corrals. We now have eight corrals which will be numbered to go with the current utility sites in the campground. I know we have other individuals who are out on the horse trails, trimming and cleaning weekly if not more often - Evertt Glenn and Joey Jernigan - thank you. Friends of Lake Perry Wild Horse Trails, your assistance and dedication to Wild Horse campground and the trails is invaluable to us. Thank you.
NEW DESTINATION POINT ON ROCKY TOP TRAILS: There is a new destination point on the Rocky Top Trails dedicated to Andy Baux. The place is called "Andy's Overlook" and is a place where trail riders can stop for a rest, enjoy a nice break with lunch and take in a view of Perry Lake. We thank Andy for recognizing this area as a serene place to rest, relax and take in the beauty of nature. Many thanks to Ed Jarvis for his work to make this destination point happen for Andy.
And as always, thank you, Everett Glen and Joey Jernigan, for your continuous work on keeping the trails cleared for the enjoyment of all riders.
The shower house in Wild Horse campground area is available upon request. We will keep the Port-A-Pot in the campground for patron's convenience.
Try out the new free Pocket Ranger® app to use as the Official Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism Guide at http://pocketranger.com/apps/ks/apps.php.
Upcoming Special Events:
FUND RAISER September 3 2016 Sponsored by Friends of Lake Perry Wild Horse Trails
Individual camp sites have now been established in Hobie Cove campground in order to control the number of individuals camping in that particular primitive campground area. The final permanent posts at each of the sites have been installed. Hobie Cove now has numbered posts for the thirty camp sites in the campground area. Only three camp units will be permitted per camp site for a family or group. Appropriate fees will apply to each of the camp units. A child's tent is free but will count as one of the three camp units. Each site will have one picnic table and one fire ring. Once the designated sections are filled, individuals will be directed to camp in other primitive campgrounds in the state park.
LAKE LEVEL INFORMATION:
The lake level at Perry Lake as of 06/09/16 is 6.77 feet above normal pool. The current release rate is 8000 cubic feet per second. Normal lake level is 891.50 and the current lake level is 898.27 For additional and up-to-date lake information go to http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/DistrictLakes/PerryLake/DailyLakeInformation.aspx.
For more information about Perry State Park or if you have any questions, please feel free to call the park office at 785-246-3449 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a safe and enjoyable visit at Perry State Park.
Perry State Park was made possible by the signing of a lease agreement in 1968 between the Kansas Parks and Resources and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
- Trail Season: Year-around
- Length of Trail: 25 mile(s)
- Trail Activities: Walking, Horse Riding
- There is camping located near the trail
- There is a permit required on the trail
- Location of Start: N 39° 09.036' W 095° 29.718'
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The equestrian trails wind through upland forest habitat allowing many opportunities for viewing wildlife and colorful vegitation. The trails start and end in Perry State Park but some of the trail traverses across the COE Rock Creek public use area.
- Trail Season: Year-around
- Length of Trail: 22 mile(s)
- Trail Activities: Walking, Mt. Biking
- There is a permit required on the trail
- Location of Start: N 39° 09.454' W 095° 28.068'
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This set of trails is carved through classic Kansas hardwood forest and cut through the bluffs and wooded hillsides surrounding the Perry Reservoir. The trail offers moderate to difficult terrain and is known nationwide for its well-designed layout. It is a challenge for even the most experienced riders
Perry State Park now has four cabins available for reserve. Our cabins offer all the convenience of home and enjoyment of nature and lake activities. One cabin is ADA compliant. All four cabins accommodate four people and are equipped with the following:
Full Size Bathroom and Shower, Full Size Bed with Dresser, Cleaning Supplies, Kitchenette, Refrigerator, Microwave, Cook Stove, Kitchen Sink, Dining Table and Four Chairs, Kitchen Utensils and Cookware, Living Quarters, Fold Out Sofa/Hide-A-Bed, Screened Glass Sliding Door, Air Conditioned, Furnace, and Outside Hydrant.
To make reservations online, please go to https://reserve.ksoutdoors.com.
This form allows you to email Perry State Park with any questions you might have about the State Park and its facilities. This includes season openings and closings, campsite reservations, special events, etc.
Perry Lake is in the beautiful Delaware River valley of the Glaciated Region. The rolling bluestem prairie and hillsides of oak and hickory yield a large variety of wildlife. The reservoir, meadows, old fields, and riparian woodlands, as well as the marshes and mudflats, furnish living space for additional species. Hike on the Perry Lake National Recreation Trail (30 mile loop) through the shoreline and hillside communities. Visit Perry Wildlife Area to view the shallow-water habitats of the upper reservoir. In spring and early summer, search the mudflats for shorebirds. Among the cattails and sedges of the marsh you may find nesting sedge wrens, ducks, herons, muskrats, beaver, and mink. Watch for wild turkeys, pileated woodpeckers, rose-breasted grosbeaks, and white-tailed deer in the riparian woodlands. American kestrels, eastern meadowlarks, horned larks, and coyotes can be observed in the old fields and meadows. The oak-hickory ridges attract buntings, vireos, tanagers, thrushes, and warblers. Gulls, pelicans, ducks, and flocks of snow geese are common on the open waters during the fall migration. In winter bald eagles perch in tall trees at the water's edge.