October can be one of the most pleasant times to visit a state park
PRATT — Events are winding down at Kansas state parks, but several events are still planned for October, one of the most pleasant months of the year in the Sunflower State. The weather is mild, and trees have begun to turn color. Hunting seasons open, as well, and many nonresident and resident hunters use Kansas state parks as base camps. Some of the best fishing of the year can also be found during Indian summer. Combining a hunting or fishing trip with a special event at a state park can make for a rich holiday.

Events this October include a trail run, fishing tournaments, Free Park Entrance Days, a mountain man rendezvous, and a Halloween event. All offer a chance to enjoy the special attributes of Kansas state parks, many of which feature rental cabins, as well as fascinating historical or geological features that enhance the park experience.

For more information on these events, phone individual parks or click the "Event Calendar" on the "State Parks" page of the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks website, www.kdwp.state.ks.us. Telephone numbers of all state parks offices may be found on the KDWP website. Click "State Parks" at the top of the page, then "" in the left-hand column.Locations

The following is a list of October state park events:

  • Oct. 3-4 — Free Park Entrance Days at El Dorado State Park;
  • Oct. 3 — OK Kids Day at El Dorado State Park;
  • Oct. 4 — Crappie Busters fishing tournament at Perry State Park;
  • Oct. 10 — Catfish Nation fishing tournament at Eisenhower State Park;
  • Oct. 17 — Monster Myths By Moonlight at Milford State Park;
  • Oct. 23-25 — Prairie Long Rifles fall rendezvous at Kanopolis State Park;
  • Oct. 24 — Great Plains Running Company trail run at Perry State Park; and
  • Oct. 31 — Free Park Entrance Day at Elk City State Park.