Summertime Is State Park Time

Summertime Is State Park Time

PRATT – Having fun in the sun is a sure thing when you spend your summer at one of Kansas’ 26 state parks where you can enjoy hiking, fishing, boating, biking, horseback riding, and just relaxing in the outdoors. And while all of our state parks provide a wide variety of outdoor activities, there is also a long list of special events you can participate in, too. Park managers are always striving to enhance your state park experience by hosting music festivals, runs, triathlons, outdoor kids days, Fourth of July celebrations and more. Following is a list of just some of the special events scheduled around the state this summer.

Clinton State Park (785) 842-8562

  July 10 and August 14, Second Sunday Hikes

  August 13, OK Kids Day (fishing derby, archery, animal programs)

Cross Timbers State Park (620) 637-2213

  July 1-3, Toronto Days

  July 3, Fireworks at the Park (Toronto Point Area)

El Dorado State Park (316) 321-7180

  June 18-10, Great Outdoor Day and Governor’s Campout

  June 25, Mud run and Tractor Pull; concert following

Elk City State Park (620) 331-6295

  August 6, Fifty-year Celebration/OK Kids Day

Fall River State Park (620) 637-2213

  July 30, Star Party (Fredonia Bay)

Lovewell State Park (785) 753-4971

  June 19, Sand Castle/Sculpture Contest (Southwinds Beach)

  June 19, First Annual Float Your Boat Contest (Southwinds Beach)

Pomona State Park (785) 828-4933

  July 1-4, DJ Music (Beach Shelter)

  July 2, Horseshoe Tournament (Kansa Campground)

  July 2, 7 p.m. Fireworks

  July 30, Beach Party (music, swimming, slushies, hog roast)

  August 19-20, Retro Weekend Vintage Camper and Car Show

  August 20, Rough Water Warriors Ski Show

  August 20, Sock Hop (8 p.m.-10 p.m., Laundroat Parking Lot

Tuttle Creek State Park (785) 539-7941

  July 16, Float the Kansas River

  June 23-25, Kicker Country Stampede Country Music Festival

Wilson State Park (785) 658-2465

  June 18, OK Kids Day/Free Park Entrance

  June 19, 5K/15K Trail Run

You can find more special events as they are scheduled this summer by going to and clicking on “Upcoming Events.” You can also learn more about state park events by calling state park offices directly. Contact information for all state parks can be found on by clicking “Parks,” then “Find a State Park.”

Visit your nearest state park this summer and discover what great outdoor opportunities are waiting for you.