Kansas Outdoor Events


01/19/2022

PERRY OFFICE Closed

Location: Perry State Park

Type: Office Closed

Dates: 01/19/22 - 01/23/22

This is an All Day Event


Other Information:

The Park remains open for day use. Daily Vehicle and single night camping permits can be obtained at the self-pay stations. Please check kiosk for pricing.

Most license and permits can be purchased online at www.ksoutdoors.com or www.kshuntfishcamp.com or other vendor outlets across the state.

Please call 620-672-5911 if you need further assistance.


01/24/2022

Little Jerusalem 1-24

Location: Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park

Type: Off Trail Hike

Date: Monday, January 24, 2022

Contact: Sara Kay Carrell sarakay.carrell@ks.gov

Phone No: 620-872-2061

Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Other Information:

Space is limited on tours. Spaces must be reserved. I try for the tours to not be too much larger than 15-20 people. Please make your plans and email sarakay.carrell@ks.gov to reserve a spot! Hikes down in the rocks will be approximately 1.5 hours. Please plan for about a 2 hour timeframe to allow for time to hike back to the parking lot!.

Please call the office or email to sign up for a tour time. Emails can be sent to sarakay.carrell@ks.gov. Tours will be limited to the first 15 people to sign up. Office hours are Monday-Friday 8am to 4pm. Messages are not checked over the weekends! During the tour we ask that you be respectful of distancing yourself from others during the hike.

Please remember that an annual vehicle pass or a daily vehicle pass are necessary to enter the park. There is a SELF PAY station available at LJBSP. Cash or check only. No change is available. If you do not have an annual pass, the daily vehicle fee is $5.00 per vehicle.

Come to Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park and enjoy an off trail guided hike lead by a park naturalist! Be prepared for rough hiking, uneven terrain, and scrambling thru grass and brush. Wear boots or footwear that covers the feet. Bring water, a snack, binoculars, and a hiking stick! Please do not underestimate the terrain. During the summer, it is HOT down in the canyons. The rock formations do a great job of blocking the wind, so BE PREPARED for temperatures to be 10+ degrees warmer during the hike in the rocks! During the winter, it can be pretty chilly in the rock formations! The winds are predominantly North or Northwest winds, which means the wind whips right thru the canyon bottoms and can chill us down!

We will start at the Life on the Rocks trail head and venture off in a direction that will take us off into the bottoms of the rock formations. Once at the base of the rocks, we will explore the various nooks, crannies, and spires of Little Jerusalem's Niobrara chalk formations. Along the way, we learn about the grasses, forbs, mammals, reptiles, insects, geology, and other great things that nature presents to us.  Be prepared for rough hiking, uneven terrain, ups and downs, and scrambling thru grass and brush. No set path is followed! So be ready for an adventure! It is an intermediate level hike/terrain. We hike at a moderate pace with stop and go to learn, talk, ask questions, and take photos.

Meeting location for the hike will be at The Ramada Overlook! Don't worry, it's easy to locate, as the parking lot area is not very big!

**Hikes will be cancelled by inclement weather!** If it is snowing, blizzarding, freezing rain, raining, lightning, or any other unsafe weather brought on by Mother Nature, all activities will be canceled at Little Jerusalem. Scott City and Oakley are the closest towns to search for weather on National Weather Service. Please call the Historic Lake Scott office for the latest update on weather cancellations, 620-872-2061


01/25/2022

Perry Seasonal Camping Site Applications DUE

Location: Perry State Park

Type: Seasonal Camping 2022

Date: Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Contact: Perry State Park

Phone No: 785-246-3449

This is an All Day Event


Other Information:

Seasonal Site Applications for the 2022 Camping Lottery Draw are DUE Today by 4:00. 

2022 -Deadline for the completed applications to be returned is Tues. January 25, 2021, at 4:00 PM. (Postmarked, hand delivered, or emailed no later than 4:00 p.m. on January 25, 2022). The drawing will be held Monday Jan 31, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. The drawing is open to public.   Procedures will be done in accordance with the State of Kansas Covid 19 Guidelines. Wear a mask, be aware of touched surfaces and social distance.

For questions regarding the summer seasonal camping program, please call the park office for more information. 785.246.3449.


01/28/2022

Little Jerusalem 1-28

Location: Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park

Type: Off Trail Hike

Date: Friday, January 28, 2022

Contact: Sara Kay Carrell sarakay.carrell@ks.gov

Phone No: 620-872-2061

Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Other Information:

Space is limited on tours. Spaces must be reserved. I try for the tours to not be too much larger than 15-ish people. Please make your plans and email sarakay.carrell@ks.gov to reserve a spot! Hikes down in the rocks will be approximately 1.5 hours. Please plan for about a 2 hour timeframe to allow for time to hike back to the parking lot!.

Please remember that an annual vehicle pass or a daily vehicle pass are necessary to enter the park. There is a SELF PAY station available at LJBSP. Cash or check only. If you do not have an annual pass, the daily vehicle fee is $5.00 per vehicle.

Come to Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park and enjoy an off trail guided hike lead by a park naturalist! Be prepared for rough hiking, uneven terrain, and scrambling thru grass and brush. Wear boots, bring water, a snack and a hiking stick! Please do not underestimate the terrain. If it is summer it is HOT down in the canyons. The rock formations do a great job of blocking the wind, so BE PREPARED for temperatures to be 10+ degrees warmer during the hike in the rocks!  If its winter, be prepared for the cold! The North wind rips right thru the rock formations as there is nothing to block the north winds!

We will start at the Life on the Rocks trail head and venture off in a direction that will take us off into the bottoms of the rock formations. Once at the base of the rocks, we will explore the various nooks, crannies, and spires of Little Jerusalem's Niobrara chalk formations. Along the way, learn about the grasses, forbs, mammals, reptiles, insects, geology, and other great things that nature presents to us.  Be prepared for rough hiking, uneven terrain, ups and downs, and scrambling thru grass and brush. No set path is followed! So be ready for an adventure! It is an intermediate level hike/terrain. We hike at a moderate pace with stop and go to learn, talk, ask questions, and take photos. Wear boots, bring sunscreen, water, a snack and a hiking stick! 

Meeting location for the hike will be at The Ramada Overlook! Don't worry, it's easy to locate, as the parking lot area is not very big!

**Hikes will be cancelled by inclement weather!** If it is snowing, blizzarding, freezing rain, raining, lightning, or any other unsafe weather brought on by Mother Nature, all activities will be canceled at Little Jerusalem. Scott City and Oakley are the closest towns to search for weather on National Weather Service. Please call the Historic Lake Scott office for the latest update on weather cancellations, 620-872-2061


01/29/2022

Saline Co. - Lindsborg

Location: KS National Guard Range Training Complex

Type: Hunter Ed Internet assisted field day and testing session

Date: Saturday, January 29, 2022

Contact: Tom Witham

Phone No: 785-826-5705

Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Other Information:

Questions can be directed to Tom.

Registration and additional information is available online at www.safehunters.com. If the link doesn't work, type the address in your browser.

Registration opens Dec 30, 2021.


01/31/2022

Little Jerusalem 1-31

Location: Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park

Type: Off Trail Hike

Date: Monday, January 31, 2022

Contact: Sara Kay Carrell sarakay.carrell@ks.gov

Phone No: 620-872-2061

Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Other Information:

Space is limited on tours. Spaces must be reserved. I try for the tours to not be too much larger than 15-ish people. Please make your plans and email sarakay.carrell@ks.gov to reserve a spot! Hikes down in the rocks will be approximately 1.5 hours. Please plan for at least a 2 hour timeframe to allow for time to hike back to the parking lot!.

Please remember that an annual vehicle pass or a daily vehicle pass are necessary to enter the park. There is a SELF PAY station available at LJBSP. Cash or check only. No change is available. If you do not have an annual pass, the daily vehicle fee is $5.00 per vehicle.

Come to Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park and enjoy an off trail guided hike lead by a park naturalist! Be prepared for rough hiking, uneven terrain, and scrambling thru grass and brush. Wear boots or footwear that covers the feet. Bring water, a snack, binoculars, and a hiking stick! Please do not underestimate the terrain. Its summer and it is HOT down in the canyons. The rock formations do a great job of blocking the wind, so BE PREPARED for temperatures to be 10+ degrees warmer during the hike in the rocks!

We will start at the Life on the Rocks trail head and venture off in a direction that will take us off into the bottoms of the rock formations. Once at the base of the rocks, we will explore the various nooks, crannies, and spires of Little Jerusalem's Niobrara chalk formations. Along the way, we learn about the grasses, forbs, mammals, reptiles, insects, geology, and other great things that nature presents to us.  Be prepared for rough hiking, uneven terrain, ups and downs, and scrambling thru grass and brush. No set path is followed! So be ready for an adventure! It is an intermediate level hike/terrain. We hike at a moderate pace with stop and go to learn, talk, ask questions, and take photos.

Meeting location for the hike will be at The Ramada Overlook! Don't worry, it's easy to locate, as the parking lot area is not very big!

**Hikes will be cancelled by inclement weather!** If it is snowing, blizzarding, freezing rain, raining, lightning, or any other unsafe weather brought on by Mother Nature, all activities will be canceled at Little Jerusalem. Scott City and Oakley are the closest towns to search for weather on National Weather Service. Please call the Historic Lake Scott office for the latest update on weather cancellations, 620-872-2061


PERRY SEASONAL LOTTERY DRAW

Location: Perry State Park

Type: Lottery Draw for the 2022 Seasonal Camping Season

Date: Monday, January 31, 2022

Contact: Perry State Park

Phone No: 785-246-3449

Time: 10:00 am - 10:00 am


Other Information:

The lottery drawing is open to public and will be held at the office. 

The drawing will be held Mon Jan 31, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. Seasonal Site Camping Applications for the 2020 Season were DUE at the Perry State Park Office on January 25, 2021, by 4:00 pm.   For questions regarding the seasonal camping program, please call the park office for more information. Procedures will be done in accordance with the State of Kansas Covid 19 Guidelines. (Maybe out in the Parking Lot).  Wear a mask, be aware of touched surfaces and social distance.


02/05/2022

Reno Co. - Hutchinson

Location: Central Kansas Gun Club

Type: Hunter Ed Internet assisted field day and testing session

Date: Saturday, February 05, 2022

Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm


Other Information:

Registration and additional information is available online at www. safehunters.com. If the link doesn't work, type the address into your browser.


Marion Co. - Ramona

Location: Trinity Lutheran Parish Hall

Type: Hunter Ed Course

Dates: 02/05/22 - 02/06/22

Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Other Information:

Registration and additional information is available online at www.safehunters.com. If the hyperlink doesn't work, type the address into your browser.


02/12/2022

Saline Co. - Lindsborg

Location: KS National Guard Range Training Complex

Type: Hunter Ed Internet assisted field day and testing session

Date: Saturday, February 12, 2022

Contact: Tom Witham

Phone No: 785-826-5705

Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Other Information:

Questions can be directed to Tom.

Registration and additional information is available online at www.safehunters.com. If the link doesn't work, type the address in your browser.

Registration opens Jan 13, 2022.


02/19/2022

Hamilton Co. - Syracuse

Location: Tamarisk Golf Course

Type: Hunter Ed Internet assisted field day and testing session

Date: Saturday, February 19, 2022

Contact: Mike Lewis

Phone No: 620-373-2106

Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm


Other Information:

Field day – February 19, 2022 8:00 am to 4:00 pm MT Tamarisk Golf Course 811 E. Golf Course Rd Syracuse, Kansas Contact person: Mike Lewis - 620-373-2106


03/19/2022

Trout Derby

Location: Meade State Park

Type: fishing tournament

Date: Saturday, March 19, 2022

Contact: Meade State Park Office

Phone No: (620) 873-2572

Time: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm


Other Information:

For more information on this event, visit facebook.com/MeadeStatePark


03/18/2022

KDWP at Equifest

Location: Tony's Pizza Event Center

Type: Equestrian

Dates: 03/18/22 - 03/20/22

Contact: Wendy Bowles

Phone No: 785-546-2565

Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Other Information:

The Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks will have a booth at Equifest 2022 at the Tony's Pizza Event Center, March 18th, 19th, and 20th. This year marks the 25th Anniversary Celebration. The event by the Kansas Horse Council features events, clinics, entertainment, and vendors. Stop by the KDWP booth and learn about the many equestrian trails & camps KS has to offer. We'll also be hosting our "Over the Ears" Photo Contest again. Submit your "Over the Ears" photo for a chance to win 2 nights of free camping at any KS State Park with a horse campground. 


03/22/2022

Riley Co. - Manhattan

Location: Tuttle Creek State Park Office

Type: Hunter Ed Course

Dates: 03/22/22 - 03/29/22

Contact: Tuttle Creek State Park


Other Information:

Pre-registration in person required at Tuttle Creek State Park Office, 8-4 daily. Students receive a course syllabus, class locations, class manuals,  and home work assignments at registration. Course is free and limited to 30 students. Students must attend all three sessions to be certified and receive their certificate.

Class dates and times are March 22 & 29: 6:30-10:00PM, March 26: 8:00 AWM-5:00PM


04/01/2022

Kansas UltraRunners Society Annual Rockin' K Ultramarathon Trail Run

Location: Kanopolis State Park

Type: 50-Mile Run & Trail Marathon

Dates: 04/01/22 - 04/02/22

Contact: Elden Galano or Mindee Chambers

Phone No: Eldon Galano 316-207-5050 or Mindee Chambers 316-708-4131

Time: 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Other Information:

The Kansas UltraRunners Society will hold their annual Rockin' K 50-Mile Trail Run & Trail Marathon on Friday, April 1, 2021, beginning at 12:00p.m., at Kanopolis State Park. This run covers a multi-use equestrian, hiking and mountain bike trail. It includes hills, rocky sections, sand and numerous shallow water crossings. The marathon course is the first loop; the 50-mile course is a double loop of the marathon loop. If you have any questions, please contact Elden or Mindee at the numbers listed or email kdwpt.kanopolissp@ks.gov.  

*Vehicle permits are required to enter the State Park*


05/07/2022

OK Kids Day

Location: Meade State Park

Type: Family oriented

Date: Saturday, May 07, 2022

Contact: Meade State Park Office

Phone No: 620-873-2572

Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Other Information:

For more information on this event visit facebook.com/MeadeStatePark


05/20/2022

North American Trail Ride Conference

Location: Kanopolis State Park (Rockin'K Campground and Trails)

Type: Competitive Trail Ride

Dates: 05/20/22 - 05/22/22

Contact: Marilyn Marston

Phone No: 785-479-0730

Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Other Information:

This is a 2 day competitive trail ride for members of the North American Trail Ride Conference.  Non-members are encouraged to come and learn about the sport.  Novice and Veteran riders, ride trails, do obstacles for judges and the horses condition is checked at vet check stations.


05/21/2022

Kids to Park Movie Night-2022

Location: Cedar Bluff State Park- Community Shelter

Type: Movie Night

Dates: 05/21/22 - 05/22/22

Contact: Amber McLaughlin

Phone No: 785-726-3212

Time: 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Other Information:

Watch the Stars under the Stars! We are bringing back the Kids Movie Night. Movie to be chosen at a later date. Popcorn and Pop provided.


05/28/2022

Cedar Bluff Park Party- 2022

Location: Cedar Bluff Park Community Shelter

Type: Social Event

Date: Saturday, May 28, 2022

Contact: Amber McLaughlin

Phone No: 785-726-3212

Time: 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Other Information:

This is the summer bash you don't want to miss! We will have outdoor games out in the afternoon, food trucks and a dance with DJ Willy Will! Last year the Rappin' Ranger came to the party... we hope he comes again!


06/11/2022

OK Kids Day- 2022

Location: Cedar Bluff State Park Office

Type: Kids Event

Date: Saturday, June 11, 2022

Contact: Amber McLaughlin

Phone No: 785-726-3212

Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm


Other Information:

Join us for the annual OK Kids Day! This is a free event with lots of outdoor adventures. We will post details as the event comes together. Make sure to mark your calendar!


06/12/2022

Kids Fishing Clinic

Location: Lovewell State Park

Type: Kids Fishing Clinic

Date: Sunday, June 12, 2022

Contact: Thane Loring

Phone No: (785) 753-4971

Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm


Other Information:

Kids Fishing Clinic. Ages 7-15. Pre-Registration at the State Park Office no later than Thursday, June 9th. Participants will learn fishing techniques and fish identification, with an adult mentor.  Registration is limited.


06/18/2022

Movie Night

Location: Meade State Park

Type: family friendly film

Date: Saturday, June 18, 2022

Contact: Meade State Park Office

Phone No: (620) 873-2572

Time: 9:00 pm


Other Information:

For more information on this event, visit facebook.com/MeadeStatePark


06/19/2022

"Whatever Floats Your Boat"

Location: Lovewell State Park

Type: Family/Team or Individual Cardboard Boat Building Contest

Date: Sunday, June 19, 2022

Contact: Thane Loring

Phone No: (785) 753-4971

Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm


Other Information:

Participants must design and build a cardboard boat (specifications will be available in early June), and bring it to the Southwinds Beach for the contest to see who’s boat can float through the designated course without sinking! The boat’s “captain” must be aboard to qualify.


06/26/2022

Lake View Shelter Family Event

Location: PERRY STATE PARK

Type: Private Family Event

Date: Sunday, June 26, 2022

This is an All Day Event


Other Information:

this is a private family event

all Vehicles will need a State Park Permit


07/02/2022

Celebration of Pets and Vets-2022

Location: Cedar Bluff State Park

Type: Social Event

Date: Saturday, July 02, 2022

Contact: Amber McLaughlin

Phone No: 785-726-3212

Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 pm


Other Information:

Help us celebrate those that serve us! Our Pets and our Veterans! This is a "quiet" zone for those that have issues with the loud noises of fireworks.
There is no fireworks allowed in the park, both personal and commercial.
We will have a UTV Parade and a contest for the most patriotic campsite.


07/16/2022

Movie Night Under the Stars

Location: Meade State Park

Type: family friendly movie

Date: Saturday, July 16, 2022

Contact: Meade State Park

Phone No: (620) 873-2572

Time: 9:00 pm


Other Information:

Stay tuned for information on what movie will be shown! The movie will begin at 9 p.m. or dark. We will show the movie in the beach area by the park office. 


3D Archery Tournament

Location: Meade State Park

Type: archery contest

Date: Saturday, July 16, 2022

Contact: Meade State Park Office

Phone No: (620) 873-2572

Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm


Other Information:

For more information on this event, visit our facebook page at facebook.com/MeadeStatePark


07/23/2022

Christmas in July Boat Parade

Location: Kanopolis Lake

Type: Boat Parade

Date: Saturday, July 23, 2022

Contact: Arielle Kennedy

Time: 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Other Information:

Decorate your boats like it's Christmas and float the Kanopolis Lake in the warm July weather.  All boats are welcome! No entry fee but valid park permits are required.  More information to come.  


08/06/2022

Park Party

Location: Meade State Park

Type: carnival and outdoor-oriented games for families

Date: Saturday, August 06, 2022

Contact: Meade State Park

Phone No: (620) 873-2572

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Other Information:

Check out our facebook page for more information on this event! www.facebook.com/MeadeStatePark


Movie Night

Location: Meade State Park

Type: family friendly movie

Date: Saturday, August 06, 2022

Contact: Meade State Park

Phone No: (620) 873-2572

Time: 9:00 pm


Other Information:

Stay tuned to our facebook page www.facebook.com/MeadeStatePark for more information on what movie we will be showing! The movie will begin at 9 p.m. or dark. We will show the movie in the beach area by the park office.


08/13/2022

Campground Christmas

Location: Lovewell State Park

Type: Christmas Lighting Contest

Dates: 08/13/22 - 08/14/22

Contact: Thane Loring

Phone No: (785) 753-4971

Time: 12:00 pm - 11:00 am


Other Information:

Campers decorate their campsites and camping cabins in yuletide themes. The public is encouraged to view the decorations. Entries must register at the State Park Office by 5 pm on Saturday. Decorations are judged Saturday evening, Prizes awarded Sunday morning at 11am.


09/03/2022

Lovewell Lake Fireworks Display

Location: Lovewell State Park

Type: Fireworks Display

Date: Saturday, September 03, 2022

Contact: Thane Loring, Park Manager

Phone No: 785-753-4971

Time: 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Other Information:

Fireworks Display will be presented from the Cedar Point Boat Ramp Rock Jetty area of Lovewell State Park, beginning at dusk on Saturday, Sept 3rd. State Park Vehicle Permit is required.  Event is tentative, pending private fundraising for fireworks purchase.


Cedar Bluff Beach Party 2022

Location: Cedar Bluff Community Shelter

Type: Social Event

Date: Saturday, September 03, 2022

Contact: Amber McLaughlin

Phone No: 785-726-3212

Time: 2:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Other Information:

It's the end of the summer and let's finish it off with a party! The most popular event of the year. This is where all your friends will be!


09/11/2022

3D Archery Shoot and Free Park Entrance

Location: Lovewell State Park

Type: 3D Archery Tournament; Free park vehicle entrance.

Date: Sunday, September 11, 2022

Contact: Thane Loring

Phone No: (785) 753-4971

Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm


Other Information:

3D Archery Shoot begins at 9 am - Individuals compete on 14 station 3D archery range. Divisions for Men, Women, Youth. Steel Deer Target Contest at 12 noon. Prizes awarded at 1 pm. Free Park Entrance Day, no vehicle permits required.


09/17/2022

Joe Robertson Memorial Car Show

Location: Meade State Park

Type: car show

Date: Saturday, September 17, 2022

Contact: Meade State Park

Phone No: (620) 873-2572

Time: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm


Other Information:

Check out our facebook page www.facebook.com/MeadeStatePark for more information on this event.


10/08/2022

Halloween in the Park

Location: Meade State Park

Type: campsite decoration, trick-or-treat, costumes, trunk-or-treat

Date: Saturday, October 08, 2022

Contact: Meade State Park

Phone No: (620) 873-2572

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Other Information:

Check out our facebook page www.facebook.com/MeadeStatePark for more information on this event.