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Sunset at Pomona State Park


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.
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Ranger Activity

Mark you calendar for the 1st Annual Park Fall Festival - October 7th - Arts & Crafts Festival & Rush the Rails Event.
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Rush the Rails - KS Cycling & Running Event (

Celebrating the Opening of Flint Hills Nature Trail - Registration open now  - Cycling & Running Event Sponsored by Dirty Kanza Promotions (620) 757-3264 (

Dirty Kanza Promotions is excited to announce a new event on the Flint Hills Nature Trail.  This event will serve as a grand opening celebration of the Flint Hills Nature Trail as it nears completion. 

Multiple activities will be offered within this event.  Three non-competitive bike rides will be available; a 96 mile course departing from Osawatomie, a 54 mile ride from Pomona State Park, and a 25 mile ride from Admire, KS.  All distances will end in Council Grove, KS

In addition to the ride, a competitive relay run will be held.  Teams of 4 and 8 runners can compete over the full 96 mile course departing from Osawatomie, KS.  Awards will be awarded to top teams and various team categories.

The event will showcase to outdoor endurance sporting enthusiasts, and their families and supporters, the wonderful resource that is the Flint Hills Nature Trail.  It will also highlight the wonderful businesses and people that make the Midwest a desirable place to visit.

Finish line festivities are being developed in Council Grove, KS.  It will be an amazing opportunity for families and fans alike to come out and welcome these participants home, as well as enjoy a festival like atmosphere at the Neosho Riverwalk.  Similar activities will be coordinated along the course in Ottawa, Pomona State Park (Arts & Craft Fall Festival & Chili Cook-Off), Osage City and Admire.

Please come out and support this event!

Arts & Craft Festival & Chili Cook-Off sponsored by Friends of Pomona State Park

Office Hours effective September 4th

Monday - Thursday  8am - 4pm

Friday - 8am - 7pm

Saturday & Sunday - office closed

movie night - Saturday, September 9th at Boat Ramp #1
movie night


Saturday night  at 9pm - Boat Ramp #1 - Everyone Welcome! (Sponsored by Friends of Pomona State Park)


Did you know you can check out disc golf Frisbees at the park office - stop by today!


Thank you for attending Campground Church - Our last church service for the year was held on Sunday - September 3rd. - See you all next season!
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.


AmeriCorps Applications will be accepted beginning August 1st.  Locations available are Pomona State Park and Eisenhower State Park.

Complete the program and earn education awards of up to $5730.00. (full and part time positions available).

Call the park office for more information and an application 785-828-4933

 Visit us on our facebook page - Pomona State Park.
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.
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inside laundry
The laundry facility is open to the public.
laundry bldg.



 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 or by calling our office at 785-828-4933.


Visit 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?



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.


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 ~ 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.


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"......................

Cabin Pictures Lakota Cabin
Office Hours:  
Office hours are Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 7:00 pm. Saturdays  9:00 am - 3:00 pm and Sundays 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. 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.


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.



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.

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.


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.

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.

Deer 3

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.


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!

Friends Fishing Derby 2010

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