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Closures due to high water -
Boat Ramp #2, Boat Ramp #3 and Boat Ramp #4
Bunkers Cover Pimitive Campground
White Feather Primitive Campground
Kansa Primitive Campground

For further information regarding flood conditions, please call the office at 785-828-4933

Located 30 miles south of Topeka on the south shore of Pomona Reservoir, about 1 mile north of K-268 on K-368, north of E. 229St.

This 490-acre park on the shore of 4,000-acre Pomona Reservoir features scenic beauty as well as an abundance of wildlife. Well-known by northeast Kansas residents for shady campsites and a great family atmosphere, Pomona State Park is in a transition zone from prairie to eastern woodlands and also offers great wildlife viewing. The park is nestled in an area with historical connections to the Santa Fe Trail, as well as easy access to several metropolitan areas.

The lake is popular with water skiers and anglers. Visitors can expect good crappie, catfish, white bass, and wiper fishing. 

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22900 S. Highway 368
Vassar,KS    66543
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Park News - Updated: 05/26/2015

Pomona

Pomona State Park Entrance
POMONA STATE PARK

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Pomona State Park is located at 22900 S. Hwy. 368 - Vassar, Ks.  Pomona State Park is located on the south shore of the 4000 acre Pomona Reservoir in Osage County, Pomona State Park is operated by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. The park is know for its rural atmosphere and shady campsites.  The 490 acre park is developed for a wide range of outdoor pursuits. 
Recreation opportunities at the state park include camping, picnicking, fishing, boating, hiking, and other activities. 
A pleasing mixture of plant life is found in prairie grassland, woodland, and lake-side environments, where enthusiasts can enjoy a variety of wildlife.  The park is open year-round.
ALL CAMPGROUNDS AND FACILITIES ARE OPEN FOR THE SEASON.
POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT:
Pomona State Park has a position open for a work host.  Duties include cleaning restrooms and light maintenance duties.

Minimum Requirements:  Must be responsible and pass a background check.  For further information contact Pomona State Park at 785-828-4933 or pomonasp@ksoutdoors.com.

How to Apply:  Applicants will need to complete a KDWPT employment application located at http://www.ksoutdoors.com/news/KDWPT-Info/Jobs/Employment-Application-Additional-Info or at any KDWPT Office.  Completed applications should be mailed to Pomona State Park - 22900 S. Hwy. 368 - Vassar, KS  66543

Closing Date:  Interested applicants should apply immediately, open until filled.  We reserve the right to conduct a background check on all qualified applicants.

 
Full Service Camping... available in the Burning Heart Campground - Open year-round!

Long Term Sites available in Off Season. Remember if you camp in the winter months to check with the office to make sure you have all the proper guidlines to keep the water lines from freezing.

 

ALERTS.....
DUE TO THE RECENT RAINS SOME OF OUR AREAS ARE CLOSED DUE TO FLOODING.
BOAT RAMP #3 AND BOAT RAMP #4 ARE CLOSED - Boat Ramp #1 and #2 are OPEN, but the water is extremely high - use caution when launching boats and watercraft and watch for floating debris in water.
THE FOLLOWING PRIMITIVE AREAS ARE CLOSED DUE TO HIGH WATER -
  • KANSA PRIMITIVE
  • WHITE FEATHER PRIMITIVE
  • BUNKER'S COVE PRIMITIVE
For updates due to high water - please contact the park office at 785-828-4933.
UPCOMING EVENTS:
Kid's Fishing Derby - June 6th -

All youth welcome under 15 years of age.

Located at Boat Ramp #2

Saturday, June 6, 2015

8am - 10am

This event qualifies for the Kansas Wildlifer Challenge "Wet a Line"

Sponsored by Friends of Pomona State Park - and OK Kids Day - Kansas Wildscape Foundation

AN ANNUAL MEMORIAL EVENT.

Office is now open Monday thru Friday from 8am - 4pm and Saturday from 8am - 3pm. 
 
 
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The 2013-14 Cookbooks are here! Call the office and order one today.
 

Permit Prices:

  • Annual Vehicle Permits $25
  • Sr/Disabled Annual Vehicle Permits $13.75
  • Annual Camp $152.52 (if purchased before April 1st)
  • 14 Day Camp Permit $87.50 (if purchased before April 1st)
NOW OPEN - Laundry Facility at Pomona State Park  -
Located in the Kansa Campground.
laundry sign
 Hours for Laundry Facility are 7am - 9pm.
inside laundry
The laundry facility is open to the public.
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ORMS NEWS:  RESERVATIONS AFTER OCTOBER 1ST.
If you are trying to book a reservation after October 1, 2014, - you will have to call the office at 785-828-4933 to book your reservations.  The online system will show a "w" - in the field of all reservable campsites.  This does not mean that the site is not available.  Walk-in's only or call the office for us to reserve for you.  This allows us to close certain campgrounds for winter usage.

 

 

 
 
 SHELTER HOUSE - reservations

Pomona State Park offers a Shelter House (Southwind Shelter) for family gatherings or office business meetings. To book a reservation at the Southwind Shelter, please call the office at 785-828-4933.

Reservations for our Cabins can be made online at reserve@ksoutdoors.com or by calling our office at 785-828-4933.

ON-LINE RESERVATIONS AT ALL STATE PARKS IN KANSAS.

Visit ksoutdoors.com and check your favorite camping sites for availability and book your reservation today!

If you do not have internet or are unsure how to book a reservations, please give us a call. We would be happy to help you. 785-828-4933

Sunset at Pomona State Park
 Relax and enjoy the beautiful sunsets at Pomona State Park...
  • This view is from the deck at our cabins.
 
 
 
Are you looking for a place to host a family reunion ~ a class reunion or work retreat?

 

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The Southwind Shelter House is available to rent year round. The facility is air conditioned and has a full kitchen and ADA restrooms. Please call the office for details...785-828-4933. The swimming beach is located across the road from the shelter.

 
 
ONE BEDROOM & TWO BEDROOM CABINS AVAILABLE FOR RENT.

Don't wait until the last minute to book your cabin reservation.  Did you know that cabins may be reserved from 364 days in advance. 

 
 
You can book your reservations online at ksoutdoors.com ~ or call Pomona State Park Office during business hours at 785-828-4933.

We have two one bedroom cabins at Pomona State Park. Both cabins sleep six people and have large decks overlooking the lake. The name of the one bedroom cabins are Lakota and Tonkawa. The cabins have large decks with a picnic table and have a lower patio area which have an additional picnic table, grill and fire pit. This is the perfect place for a weekend getaway or family vacation.

Cabins

The two bedroom cabins sleep nine people and also have covered decks with large outdoor patios, picnic tables, grill and firepits. The name of the two bedroom cabins are Santa Fe and Dragoon.

We have had several satisfied guests that have stayed at our cabins:

Cabin Testimonals:

"We stopped here on our way home from the Grand Canyon. Great cabin! Great job Kansas Parks!"- The Duh Family, Red Wing, MN

"The cabin is so nice, I could live in one of these. I have a log home on Table Rock Lake in Missouri. Love my stay ~ hope to come back". Helen Watts

"This is my kind of "camping". Tent camping will never be the same, my husband spoils me. "Thanks Honey"......................

Cabins
Cabin Pictures Lakota Cabin
 
 
 
 
 
Office Hours:  
NOTICE:  THE OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2015.
Office hours are Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Saturdays  9:00 am - 3:00 pm and CLOSED ON SUNDAY. Check ahead before driving far – office could be closed unexpectedly for training, etc. When the office is closed, please use our self-pay station located at the front entrance of the park.

Spend some time at the state park office viewing the bird feeders through the big windows. Bird visitors include red-bellied woodpeckers, white-breasted nuthatches, black capped chickadees, purple finches and Carolina wrens along with numerous hummingbirds. You can also catch a glance at the squirrels trying to enjoy the bird food.

 
Activities:

Kansas State Parks join "What's Your Mile?" Fitness Campaign - This program helps visitors to obtain information from the Healthy Kansas website. The Healthy Kansas website tailors a walking/hiking program to improve personal fitness. At Pomona State Park, the "Hedge-Wood Trail" (located near the front entrance of the park) has been designated as a healthy trail. Watch for the signs that read, "This trail leads to better health." Included on the signs is information about how to increase health and fitness, including hiking's role.

Pomona State Park has a 9-Hole Disc Golf course for your enjoyment. Discs can be checked out at the office during regular business hours.

There are several volleyball courts, basketball courts and playgrounds for visitors to enjoy.The swimming beach is located on the west side of the park, across from Southwind Shelter House.

Day Use Picnic Areas
Picnic Area

West picnic area along the lake.

There are day-use picnic areas throughout the park. You can choose many different areas to enjoy the day in the park with your family and friends.

 

Camping:

Pomona State Park offers more than 200 primitive campsites and 142 utility sites. Reservations can be made for 15 of the 142 utility sites available. All other campsites are first-come, first-served. To make reservations, please call the office at 785-828-4933. Reservations can be made at the Kansa Campground - sites 227, 279, 280 (electric, water & sewer) and sites 276, 278, and 281 (electric & water). Big Bear Campground - sites 322, 323, 324, 325, and 326 (electric & water). Burning Heart Campground - sites 122, 124, 126 and 128 (electric, water & sewer).

Things to Remember:

The park facilities and natural resources are here for your enjoyment, so please be considerate of other people and the park’s resources.

Common Camping Rules to be aware of are quiet hours are from 11:00 pm to 6:00 am. Please respect your fellow campers. Fires are allowed only in fire rings and grills. Any alcohol that is greater than 3.2% alcohol by volume is prohibited in all state parks. Please park your vehicles only in designated locations. Your pet is welcome in the park, but must be on a leash at all times. Grey water disposal at dump stations only. Please put your trash in dumpsters when you leave.

Trails:
Buck Brush Trail Bridge

Buck Brush Trail Bridge

We have three trails located throughout the park. Rising Sun Trail is located on the east side of the park in the Ah Ke Ta picnic area. It is the park’s shortest trail. Buckbrush Trail is located next to the Burning Heart Campground. Hedge-Wood Trail is located at the park entrance. The Hedge-Wood Trail has been designated as a “HealthyKansasTrail” to promote outdoor activity and allow visitors to gauge their fitness level. This is the park’s longest trail and is ADA accessible. Total length of trails is over three miles of hiking.

Boat Ramps:

Pomona State Park offers four boat ramps. All have vault toilets close by. Courtesy docks are available but they are removed during the winter months.

Marina & Fishing:

Lighthouse Bay Marina is located near the Kansa Campground. They are a full service marina and offer you beverages, snacks, ice and fishing supplies. If you like to fish, Pomona Lake is known to be a great wiper and catfish lake. Fishermen have had great successes in recent years at Pomona Lake. State record flathead catfish and wiper were taken from Pomona waters in recent years. The marina is always a good place to begin your fishing trip.

Shelter House:

Southwind Shelter House is open year-round. If you are planning a business meeting or family gathering the Southwind Shelter House can be reserved please call the office for details. Southwind Shelter House is a group facility equipped with restrooms, a full kitchen, and a large multi-purpose room with tables and chairs to accommodate up to 128 people. It has a large covered back-porch area with picnic tables and outdoor grills for barbecues. The shelter can be reserved for $60/day. Please call the park office at 785-828-4933 to book your reservation today.

 
 
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Wildlife Viewing:
Park Wildlife - Racoons

Pomona State Park is a great place to visit if you are a birdwatcher. There are lots of songbirds with about 40 bluebird boxes in the park.

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Some common animals you might see include white tailed deer, bobcats, coyotes, turkeys, raccoons, beavers, squirrels, foxes and rabbits. Bald eagles visit the lake in the winter and are often seen perching in shoreline trees or soaring above the lake.

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Throughout migrations you can expect to see snow and Canada geese, buffleheads, goldeneyes, mergansers, mallards, teal, wigeons, pintails, and pelicans.

 
Friends of Pomona State Park
Friends Hwy. Cleanup

The Friends of Pomona State Park is an active group of individuals that provide activities and events throughout the summer, with any donations and proceeds going to playground equipment additions in the park. Some of the events held in 2011 were: They held their 1st Annual Fish Fry and held a 5k Run in the park. Biscuit & Gravy Feed, Sponsor of Litter Control on Highway 368, Kids Fishing Derby, Fireworks on 4th of July, live bands along with a horseshoe tournament, to name a few. Contact the park office if you wish to become a member or contribute a donation towards playground equipment.

 The Friends of Pomona State Park held an Annual Kid's Fishing Derby on June 02nd. There were aproximately 70 kids in attendance. Several fish were caught and prizes were awarded.

Kids Fishing Derby

Kids fishing derby. First weekend of June.

 

If you are not already a member of Friends of Pomona State Park - Call the office today for more information!

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Friends Fishing Derby 2010

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General Information

Phone:
Email:
Address:
22900 S. Highway 368
 
Vassar, KS    66543
County/Counties:

Helpful Information

Park Office – (785) 828-4933

Regional Office – (785) 273-6740


History

Pomona State Park came into existence by a lease agreement through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers upon completion of construction of the dam in 1963. Pomona Lake controls watershed runoff from over a 322 square mile area. Controlled releases are made into 110-Mile Creek, which flows into the Marais des Cygnes, Osage and Missouri Rivers. This lake is operated in conjunction with other U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects, which Congress authorized to be build for flood control in the Missouri and Mississippi River basins.

Pomona Areas
Burning Heart Campground
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: Yes
  • Reservable Sites: Yes
  • Water, Sewer, Electric: 37
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    Long Term (off season) camping is available. Please contact park office for details.


Kansa Campground
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: No
  • Reservable Sites: Yes
  • Primitive Camping: 60
  • Water, Sewer, Electric: 8
  • Water, Electric: 19

Waucondah Campground
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: No
  • Reservable Sites: No
  • Primitive Camping: 30
  • Water, Electric: 10

West Picnic/Day use area
  • Camping Available: No
  • ADA Camping Available: No
  • Reservable Sites: No

Waucondah Picnic area
  • Camping Available: No
  • ADA Camping Available: No
  • Reservable Sites: No

Evening Star Campground
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: No
  • Reservable Sites: No
  • Primitive Camping: 25

Heart Stays Campground
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: No
  • Reservable Sites: No
  • Primitive Camping: 20

Big Bear Campground
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: No
  • Reservable Sites: Yes
  • Water, Electric: 15

Osage Campground
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: No
  • Reservable Sites: No
  • Water, Electric: 13

Red Oak Campground
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: No
  • Reservable Sites: No
  • Primitive Camping: 50

Four Winds Campground
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: No
  • Reservable Sites: No
  • Water, Electric: 20

Bunkers Cove
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: No
  • Reservable Sites: No
  • Primitive Camping: 20

Cedar Wind Campground
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: No
  • Reservable Sites: No
  • Primitive Camping: 10
  • Water, Electric: 20

White Feather Campground
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: No
  • Reservable Sites: No
  • Primitive Camping: 25

AH KE TA picnic area
  • Camping Available: No
  • ADA Camping Available: No
  • Reservable Sites: No

Morning Star Day use
  • Camping Available: No
  • ADA Camping Available: No
  • Reservable Sites: No

Pomona Trails
Rising Sun Trail
  • Trail Season: Year-around
  • Length of Trail: 0.5 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Mt. Biking
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: N38 39.118 W95 34.882
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    Rising Sun Trail is located in the AH KE TA picnic area. It is the park's shortest trail.


Hedge-Wood Trail
  • Trail Season: Year-around
  • Length of Trail: 1.10000002384186 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Mt. Biking
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • This trail is ADA accessible
  • Location of Start: N38 39.158 W95 36.028
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    Hedge-Wood is located at the park entrance. This trail is the park's longest trail and is ADA accessible.


Buckbrush Trail
  • Trail Season: Year-around
  • Length of Trail: 0.800000011920929 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Mt. Biking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: N38 39.374 W95 36.237
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    Buck Brush Trail is located next to Burning Heart Campground.


Pomona Cabins

Important Cabin Information:  Reservation Terms and Conditions, Cabin Reservation Information

Reserve Now

Pomona State Park offers four ADA Accessible modern cabins available for reservation year-round, offering a variety of comfortable accommodations and a great view of Pomona Lake. The cabins provide many modern conveniences including a bedroom, kitchen, restroom with shower, heating and air conditioning.

Looking for a scenic location to hold a family reunion or business retreat inquire about pairing the cabins with the Southwind Shelterhouse located a short distance from the cabins offering heat and air conditioning, indoor restrooms, kitchen facility, and seating for 128 people.

The one bedroom cabins are:

  • Tonkawa
  • Lakota

The two bedroom cabins are:

  • Dragoon
  • Santa Fe

These are housekeeping cabins – so please clean before check out and leave them as you found them for the next visitor.

Cabin renters shall be responsible for full payment of any damages incurred during the length of stay. Damages will be billed to the credit card or Paypal account used to make the reservation or a bill will be sent to the renter.

Damages or failure to clean the cabins after use may result in denial of future reservations.

Peak Season (April – September)

  • Sunday – Thursday = $65.00 per night for one bedroom and $95.00 per night for two bedroom
  • Friday and Saturday = $85.00 per night for one bedroom and $110.00 per night for two bedroom
  • Weekly (seven consecutive) = $450.00 for one bedroom and $665 for two bedroom

Off Peak Season (October – March)

  • Sunday – Thursday = $55.00 per night for one bedroom and $80.00 per night for two bedroom
  • Friday and Saturday = $75.00 per night for one bedroom and $95.00 per night for two bedroom
  • Weekly (seven consecutive) = $375.00 for one bedroom and $550.00 for two bedroom
Dragoon Cabin
  • Type of Cabin: Modern Cabin
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • This Facility is Reservable. Check availability and reserve Dragoon Cabin
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    Cabin amenities include:

    • One full size bed, one full size futon, one couch, two sets of bunk beds
    • Bathroom with walk in shower
    • Full size refrigerator
    • Microwave
    • Toaster
    • Coffee Pot
    • Can opener
    • Basic cooking utensils and place setting for 9
    • Skillet, pots and pans
    • Table with bench and two chairs
    • Alarm clock/Radio
    • Weather Radio

    Exterior amenities include:

    • Deck and concrete patio
    • Covered charcoal grill
    • Fire ring
    • Picnic tables

    Items guest must provide:

    • Bedding for two full size and five twin size - Beds fitted with mattress covers only.
    • Towels and other linens
    • Personal hygiene items
    • Charcoal and lighter fluid for outside grill
    • Firewood
    • Television, internet and phone services not provided.

    Pricing

    Peak Season (April - September)

    • Sunday - Thursday = $95 per night
    • Friday and Saturday = $110 per night
    • Weekly (seven consecutive) = $665

    Off Peak Season (October - March)

    • Sunday - Thursday = $80 per night
    • Friday and Saturday = $95 per night
    • Weekly (seven consecutive) = $550

Santa Fe Cabin
  • Type of Cabin: Modern Cabin
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • This Facility is Reservable. Check availability and reserve Santa Fe Cabin
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    Cabin amenities include:

    • One full size bed, one full size futon, one couch, two sets of bunk beds
    • Bathroom with walk in shower
    • Full size refrigerator
    • Microwave
    • Toaster
    • Coffee pot
    • Can opener
    • Basic cooking utensils and place setting for nine
    • Skillet, pots and pans
    • Table with bench and two chairs
    • Alarm clock/radio
    • Weather radio

    Exterior amenities include:

    • Deck and concrete patio
    • Covered charcoal grill
    • Fire ring
    • Picnic tables

    Items guest must provide:

    • Bedding for two full size and five twin size - Beds fitted with mattress covers only.
    • Towels and other items
    • Personal hygiene items
    • Charcoal and lighter fluid for outside grill
    • Firewood
    • Television, internet and phone services are not provided.

    PRICING

    Peak Season (April - September)

    • Sunday - Thursday = $95 per night
    • Saturday and Sunday = $110 per night
    • Weekly (seven consecutive) = $665

    Off Peak Season (October - March)

    • Sunday - Thursday = $80 per night
    • Saturday and Sunday = $95 per night
    • Weekly (seven consecutive) = $550

Tonkawa (West Cabin)
  • Type of Cabin: Modern Cabin
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N38 39.603 W095 35.805
  • This Facility is Reservable. Check availability and reserve Tonkawa (West Cabin)
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    Cabin amenities include:

    • One full size bed, one full size futon, one couch, and one twin Murphy style bed
    • Bathroom with walk in shower
    • Kitchen with oven and cook top
    • Full size refrigerator
    • Microwave
    • Toaster
    • Coffee pot
    • Can opener
    • Basic cooking utensils and place setting for six
    • Skillet, pots and pans
    • Table with bench and two chairs
    • Alarm clock / Radio

    Exterior amenities include:

    • Deck and concrete patio
    • Covered charcoal grill
    • Fire ring
    • Picnic tables

    Items guests must provide:

    • Bedding for two full size and two twin size – Beds fitted with mattress covers only.
    • Towels and other linens
    • Personal hygiene items
    • Charcoal and lighter fluid for outside grill
    • Firewood
    • Television, internet, and phone services are not provided

    PRICING:

    Peak Season (April - September)

    Sunday - Thursday = $65 per night

    Friday and Saturday = $85 per night

    Weekly (seven consecutive days) = $450

    OFF PEAK SEASON (October - March)

    Sunday - Thursday = $55 per night

    Friday and Saturday = $75 per night

    Weekly (seven consecutive) = $375


Lakota (East Cabin)
  • Type of Cabin: Modern Cabin
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N38 39.606 W095 35.775
  • This Facility is Reservable. Check availability and reserve Lakota (East Cabin)
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    Cabin amenities include:

    • One full size bed, one full size futon, one couch, and one twin Murphy style bed
    • Bathroom with walk in shower
    • Kitchen with oven and cook top
    • Full size refrigerator
    • Microwave
    • Toaster
    • Coffee pot
    • Can opener
    • Basic cooking utensils and place setting for six
    • Skillet, pots and pans
    • Table with bench and two chairs
    • Alarm clock / Radio

    Exterior amenities include:

    • Deck and concrete patio
    • Covered charcoal grill
    • Fire ring
    • Picnic tables

    Items guests must provide:

    • Bedding for two full size and two twin size – Beds fitted with mattress covers only.
    • Towels and other linens
    • Personal hygiene items
    • Charcoal and lighter fluid for outside grill
    • Firewood
    • Television, internet, and phone services are not provided

    PRICING:

    Peak Season (April - September)

    Sunday - Thursday = $65 per night

    Friday and Saturday = $85 per night

    Weekly (seven consecutive) = $450

    Off Peak Season (October - March)

    Sunday - Thursday - $55 per night

    Friday and Saturday = $75 per night

    Weekly (seven consecutive) = $375


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Wildlife Viewing

Pomona Lake impounds Dragoon and 110 Mile Creeks, just a few miles above their confluence with the Marais des Cygnes River. Here, in the Osage Cuestas, the tallgrass prairie adjoins valleys of black and chinquapin oak, and shagbark and bitternut hickory.

To become familiar with area plants and animals, walk Witches' Broom Nature Trail in the Army Corps of Engineers park and the Ah-Ke-Ta trail in the state park.  Blackhawk Trail, on the north side of the lake on Corps property, provides an opportunity for a long hike as it wanders through the woodlands lining 110 Mile Cove.  Cottonwood, hackberry, and American elm are common in the riparian timber. Thickets of aromatic sumac, smooth sumac, and rough-leaved dogwood provide good cover for many species of wildlife. More than 4,000 acres are managed for wildlife. Plantings for food and cover include native grasses, alternating weed strips, and standing crops.

Spend some time at the state park office viewing the bird feeder through the big window. Bird visitors include red-bellied woodpeckers, white-breasted nuthatches, black-capped chickadees, purple finches, and Carolina wrens. In winter you can see bald eagles perched on tall lakeshore trees and rough-legged hawks over the prairie. Throughout migrations you can expect to see snow and Canada geese, buffleheads, goldeneyes, mergansers, mallards, teal, wigeons, pintails, and pelicans. In the mudflats there are killdeer, dowitchers, and yellowlegs. Watch the woodlands for squirrels along with warbIers, vireos, and buntings. White-tailed deer, eastern cottontails, eastern woodrats, raccoons, opossums, bobcats, and coyotes are also present.