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Located along the Western Vistas Historic Byway about 11 miles north of Scott City, west of US-83 on K-95

Listed by National Geographic as one of the country's 50 must-see state parks and hidden in a canyon in the western Kansas prairie, Scott State Park is a stunning oasis of natural springs, deep wooded canyons, craggy bluffs and early American history. The 1,020-acre park surrounds the 100-acre, spring-fed Scott State Fishing Lake, and a 160-acre wildlife area lies west of the park.

The park is one of the most historic locations in Kansas. More than 26 archeological sites have been documented in and adjacent to the park. The remains of the northernmost known Native American pueblo – El Cuartelejo, a National Historic Landmark – are located in the park. The Steele home, the dwelling of the original settlers on the area, has been preserved much as it was 100 years ago. About 1 mile south of the park is Battle Canyon, the location of the last Native American battle in Kansas.

The park is an ideal setting for camping, boating, swimming, hiking, hunting, fishing, and wildlife observation. Nature trails accommodate hikers, horseback riders, and naturalists and provide excellent opportunities to observe wildlife in natural habitats. Wild turkey, deer, bobcat and beaver are common in the area. A horse camp area has amenities for equestrian visitors.

Phone:
Address:
101 West Scott Lake Drive
Scott City,KS    67871
County/Counties:
Park News - Updated: 08/20/2015
Special Notice:

2015 Licenses and Permits: Licenses and permits may be purchased at the park office or by phone at 620 872-2061, online at www.kdwpt.ksoutdoors.com or at any license vendor. Vendor information is available at Locations to Buy License/Permits. Great gift ideas!

Licenses and permits may be purchased in Scott County at the following vendors: Lake Scott State Park, Scott County Clerk, The Beach House, Scott County Hardware, ShopKo and Presto's.

Cabin and camping reservations may be made at: http://www.reserveamerica.com or www.kdwpt.ksoutdoors.com Camping reservations are not available throughout the off-season Oct. 1, 2014 - March 31, 2015. However, reservations may be made for the Prime Season April 1, 2015 - September 30, 2015.   

Cabin Rental Fees: $75.00 per night and / or $490.00 per week and a $14.00 reservation fee.

Scott County was recently featured on the Smokey Hills Public Broadcasting Station, which featured Lake Scott State Park. You may view the program at: http://www.shptv.org/index.php/component/content/article/535

April 1, 2015 began our Prime-Season: Daily camping fee is $8.00 per night; water/electric sites are an additional $11.00, water/electric/sewer sites are an additional $12.00. There is also a prime fee charge of $2.00. Circle Drive utility sites: 1 - 35 water and electric, sites 38 - 42 water, electric and sewer. Lakeview has 15 electric and water utility sites available. Lakeview utility sites do not offer 110 amp service. Reservations may be made at: http://www.reserveamerica.com or www.kdwpt.ksoutdoors.com  Vehicle and camping permits are

Navajo and Taos cabins: Each cabin rents for $75.00 per night and a $14.00 reservation fee. Weekends require the reservation for two nights and holiday weekends require three nights. The door entry code is the last four digits of the phone number used / listed on the reservation. Each cabin sleeps six and provide a full size bed, futon that lays down to a full size bed, a couch and a twin size murphy bed. Bedding / pillows are not provided. Both cabins have air conditioning / heating, restroom with a shower, refrigerator, stove and oven, microwave, pots, pans, dishes and silverware. The deck and patio provide a table and chairs, charcoal grill and campfire ring. Bedding and shower items are not provided. Please bring charcoal if you plan to use the grill. Pets are not allowed inside the cabins. Cabins are expected to be cleaned and trash removed prior to leaving. There will be a $50.00 charge if the cabin is not properly cleaned.

RVs and campers are not allowed at the cabin sites. One tent is allowed for household minor dependants only. A tent pad is provided on the north side of the cabins. Please do not place a tent, volleyball net, horseshoe stakes, etc. in the grass as it may damage the sprinkler system. Two vehicles are allowed per cabin location. Additional vehicles may park in the parking area by the Shelter House. Please do not park on the grass! No pets are allowed in the cabins and must be in a kennel or on a leash outside at all locations in the park including the cabins. Cabin pictures may be viewed in the photo gallery.

Circle Drive and Lakeview utility campgrounds allow one (1) camping unit or tent per campsite. One additional tent is allowed for minor dependent children at no extra cost. The tent must be accompanied with a Special Permit approved by the office, camp host or park ranger. Vehicle and camping permits may be purchased at the park office or a self pay station located at the park entrances or in the Circle Drive camp ground. Thank you!

REMINDER: Please pick up and properly dispose of your trash. Dumpsters are provided at several locations throughout the park. Thank you!

Pets are not allowed inside the office, cabins or restrooms! Thank you!

Lake Scott's office is located at the entrance of the Park. Weekday office hours are 8:00 am - 12:00 pm and 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Office hours may vary during the off-season due to training and taking leave time.

Due to the pine tree disease recently discovered in Western Kansas firewood is not allowed to be brought into the Park with the exception of treated wood or construction scrap wood. Firewood is available at the Beach House and office provided by the Friend's Group for $5.00 per bundle. Firewood brought into the park may be confiscated and immediately burned. Thank you!

Lake Scott State Park is open year around. Fees may be paid at the park office or a self pay station. Self Pay stations are located at the office, east park entrance and the Circle Drive Campground.

We are participants of the Kansas Green Team Recycling Program. Aluminum cans may be dropped in the plastic container at the Circle Drive (utility) camp ground. Thank you for recycling!

Lake water level is full.

Park Fees, Permits, & Licenses

Changes: Seniors age 65 -74 will be required to have a Fishing / Hunting license. Senior Resident licenses are offered at a discounted price: Senior Annual Fishing or Hunting license: $11.50, Annual Hunt / Fish Combo: $20.50 or a Lifetime Hunt /Fish Combo license can be purchased for $42.50. Senior Annual Vehicle permits: $13.75. Great gift ideas!

Permits and licenses are available at the park office Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Office hours may vary throughout the week due to lack of staff and/or staff training. Please call before your visit to make sure someone will be available to help you, or if you need assistance with your license: (620) 872-2061.

Daily and annual permits and licenses are available at our park office. Self-pay stations are available when the park office is closed. The online system is available as well at: www.kdwpt.ksoutdoors.com for license purchases from your home. Cabin and camping reservations may be made at: http://www.reserveamerica.com or www.kdwpt.ksoutdoors.com

· If you are purchasing a license for the FIRST TIME, please remember to bring your social security number and driver’s license. If you've already purchased a license, please bring your KDWPT number or social security number and driver’s license.

· Office Hours Monday-Friday 8:00-4:00. (Closed weekends.) Below are the current prices for the 2014 Off-Season:

Permits Available Apr. 1 - Sept. 30
Daily Permits:  
Daily Vehicle Permits $ 5.00
Senior Daily Vehicle Permits (Must be KS Resident 65 yrs or Older) $ 3.25
Disabled Daily Vehicle Permits (Must be KS Resident) $ 3.25
Camping Permits:  
Annual Camping Permit $202.50
14 Day Camping Permit $101.50
Daily Camping Permit $    8.00
Two Utilities (Electricity & Water) $  11.00
Three Utilities (Electric, Water & Sewer)  $  12.00
 Prime Fee $    2.00
Camping Transaction fee $    3.00
Annual Vehicle Permits:  
"Passport" Annual Vehicle Permits at time of Vehicle Registration $ 15.00
Annual Vehicle Permits $ 25.00
Senior Annual Vehicle Permits (Must be KS Resident 65 yrs or Older) $ 13.75
Disabled Annual Vehicle Permits (Must be KS Resident) $ 13.75

Notices

· Verizon has erected a cell phone tower at the northeast side of the park. Cell phone service is now available at most park locations.

· Lake Scott State Park is a State Fishing Lake . Please pay attention to state statutes and regulations regarding required licenses and permits, boating, swimming, and fishing at our lake.

For questions or more info, please contact us at (620) 872-2061 or ScottSP@ksoutdoors.com.

General Information
Phone:
Address:
101 West Scott Lake Drive
 
Scott City, KS    67871
County/Counties:

Scott SP (PDF 236.32 kB)

Park Office – (620) 872-2061


History

Rich in history, this park provides an ideal setting for camping, boating, swimming, hiking, hunting, fishing, and wildlife observation. Hunting is allowed at the adjacent public hunting area. The Steele home, the dwelling of the original settlers on the area, has been preserved much as it was 100 years ago. The park also boasts the northernmost pueblo in the U. S. - El Cuartelejo.

Scott Areas
TIMBER CANYON
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: No
  • Reservable Sites: No
  • Primitive Camping: 13

SWAMP
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: No
  • Reservable Sites: No
  • Primitive Camping: 16

SPILLWAY CAMP
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: No
  • Reservable Sites: No
  • Primitive Camping: 1

N TOADSTOOL CAMP
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: No
  • Reservable Sites: No
  • Primitive Camping: 2

LAKEBANK DRIVE CAMPGROUND
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: No
  • Reservable Sites: No
  • Primitive Camping: 18

LADDER COVE
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: No
  • Reservable Sites: No
  • Primitive Camping: 3

HORSETHIEF COVE
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: No
  • Reservable Sites: Yes
  • Primitive Camping: 1

ELM GROVE
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: No
  • Reservable Sites: Yes
  • Primitive Camping: 10

CIRCLE DRIVE
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: No
  • Reservable Sites: Yes
  • Water, Electric: 40

BULLCANYON
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: No
  • Reservable Sites: No
  • Primitive Camping: 7

BOAT RAMP CAMPGROUND
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: No
  • Reservable Sites: No
  • Primitive Camping: 2

BIG SPRING
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: No
  • Reservable Sites: No
  • Primitive Camping: 1

APACHE
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: Yes
  • Reservable Sites: No
  • Primitive Camping: 5

Scott Cabins

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

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Navajo Cabin

The Navajo and Taos Cabins rent for $75.00 per night or $70.00 per night with a seven day reservation and an additional non-refundable reservation fee of $14.00. Cabins are furnished with cooking and dining utensils including pots, pans, dishes, silverware, cup & glasses, microwave, electric coffee pot, toaster and electric skillet. Ice cubes can be made in the freezer part of the refrigerator. An outside covered BBQ grill is provided along with a separate campfire pit. Firewood may be purchased from the Camp Host. Renters are required to bring their own charcoal.

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