Many comforts of home offered at most state parks, some wildlife areas; make reservations early
PRATT — Outdoor enthusiasts looking for an adventure without having to pitch a tent are in luck. The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) offers more than 70 rental cabins — in 16 state parks and four wildlife areas — throughout the year. Many of these cabins feature all the comforts of home while providing access to the pleasure of parks and lakes across the state. But don't wait until the last minute to make a reservation; cabins fill up quickly, so reservations must often be made months in advance, especially for spring and summer visits. (Reservations are recommended but not required. Walk-ins are accepted if a cabin is open.)

Some cabins are handicapped accessible. For a list of all cabins, or to make reservations, click "Cabin Reservations" in the upper right-hand corner of the KDWP website, www.kdwp.state.ks.us. Prices vary depending on location, season, day of the week, and amenities. Weekly and monthly rates are available.

While there's no place like home, the scenic surroundings and affordable rental fees of KDWP cabins provide escape from the "cabin fever" of daily home and work routines. Hunters, anglers, hikers, birdwatchers, boaters, and other outdoor enthusiasts can choose from a variety of cabins, ranging from primitive to modern. Some feature amenities such as full bathroom with shower; kitchen with microwave, refrigerator, and cook-top stove; beds for as many as nine people; screened-in porch; fire ring; and barbecue grill. Heating and air conditioning, table and chairs, basic pots and pans, and table service for four are also offered at many cabins, making them all-season getaways. Cabins without water or full bathrooms are located near park shower houses.

Now is the perfect time to plan a home-state vacation or weekend getaway with all the comforts of home and the fine outdoor recreational opportunities of Kansas state parks.