Event Calendar


03/09/2021

Little Jerusalem 03-09

Location: Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park

Type: Off Trail Hike

Date: Tuesday, March 09, 2021

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. 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 save 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!.

Come to Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park and enjoy an off trail guided hike lead by a park ranger! 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.

**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


03/14/2021

Pie Day 5k Trail Run and Hike

Location: Historic Lake Scott State Park

Type: Trail Run and Trail Hike

Date: Sunday, March 14, 2021

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

Phone No: 620-872-2061

Time: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Other Information:

Pie Day 5k Trail Run and Hike!!

Come join the fun on the Historic Lake Scott trail system!! We have a fun route planned to celebrate Pie Day in a 3.14 fashion!!

Hike the 3.14 mile route or Run the 3.14 mile route. We might even have pie along the way for you to snack on!

The Details:

Date: Sunday March 14, 2021.

Time: Registration opens at 2:14pm. Run begins at 3:14pm

Park Entrance: For Pie Day 5k, it is still required that you have an Annual Park Pass or Daily Vehicle Permit to enter the park. Please stop at the self pay station by the office if you need a permit. The daily vehicle permit is $5. You must bring exact change or a check.

5k Fees: This 5k is a “Bring Your Own Prize” style entry fee!! Each participant is asked to bring a prize valued at approximately $10. Be creative. Be fun. Be unique! Prizes can be home made. Prizes can be purchased. Prizes can be little bundles of a variety of items. Just have fun with choosing a prize to bring to share!

Age Groups: No age groups or men and women divisions. This is just a fun gathering of fitness minded individuals! Remember the “Bring Your Own Prize” details? Well, prizes are awarded by finishing order! This gives each person a chance to win something fun!

How To Register: To reserve a spot, PLEASE email Sara Kay at Historic Lake Scott. Email sarakay.carrell@ks.gov. Or call the office and leave your name and phone number! Office 620-872-2061 If you email me, I WILL send a confirmation email so you know you are on the list! 

Start and Finish: The start/finish will be located at the Junction of Beach House Drive and West Lake Scott Drive. Its just on the west side of Circle Drive. Don’t worry. We will have signs out to direct you! We have a mowed area to park.

Restrooms: Restrooms will be available. There are flushing toilets open at the newest restroom on the East side of Circle Drive. There is also a vault toilet available at the Boat ramp. Both locations are within a 5 minute walk of the Start/Finish.

Route: The route will be a “lollipop” style. The first half mile and the last half mile will be the same section of trail. All the rest of the trail will be a big loop. There will be only 0.25 mile of pavement. The route will cross THRU the spillway. Be prepared to carefully walk thru the spillway. This area may have water running over, so beware of potential slick spots of algae growth!! Click the link to view the trail route! Don’t worry! The route will be very well marked! https://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/4131096070

Water Station: A water station will be set up at approximately the mid way point. There will be another station at approximately the 2.5-ish mile point. You never know…. There might be pie there, too!

Weather: Is the weather forecast looking questionable? This detailed description page will be the location to monitor for changes or cancellations!

Any further questions, please email sarakay.carrell@ks.gov or give us a call at the Historic Lake Scott State Park office 620-872-2061

Looking forward to having fun with all of you on Pie Day!!!!


03/17/2021

Little Jerusalem 03-17

Location: Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park

Type: Off Trail Hike

Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2021

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. 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 save 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!.

Come to Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park and enjoy an off trail guided hike lead by a park ranger! 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.

**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


03/23/2021

Riley Co. - Manhattan THIS CLASS IS FULL

Location: Tuttle Creek State Park Office

Type: Hunter Ed Course

Dates: 03/23/21 - 03/30/21

Contact: Tuttle Creek State Park Office


Other Information:

Pre-registration required at Tuttle Creek State Park Office, 8 AM-4 PM. Students will receive course syllabus, class locations, home work assignments and manual at registration. Course is free, with all classes in Manhattan. Class is limited to 30 students. Class will include live fire, field walks and classroom sessions.


04/03/2021

CATFISH CHASERS

Location: Perry State Park

Type: Tournament

Date: Saturday, April 03, 2021

Contact: David Studebaker

Phone No: 785 289 0007

Time: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm


Other Information:

FISHING TOURNAMENT -Catfish

Location: Lake View Boat Ramp

Vehicle Permits are REQUIRED FOR ALL VEHICLES to enter the State Park- No matter the length of stay.

NOTICE: All tournaments will be done in accordance with the State of Kansas Covid 19 and the KDWPT-COVID 19 fishing Tournaments guidelines.

Wear a mask, be aware of touched surfaces and social distance.

https://catfishchasers.com 


04/14/2021

Perry State Park Office Closed

Location: Perry State Park

Type: Office Closed

Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021

This is an All Day Event


Other Information:

Due to staff Training the office will be closed all day

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 on line at www.ksoutdoors.com or www.kshuntfishcamp.com or other vendor outlets across the state.

On line camping reservations can be made at www.reserveamerica.com or www.kshuntfishcamp.com

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


04/17/2021

Western NE Bass

Location: Wilson State Park-Hell Creek Boat Ramp

Type: Fishing Tournament

Dates: 04/17/21 - 04/18/21

Contact: Matt Vollmar

Phone No: 402-659-2358

Time: 5:00 am - 3:00 pm



Hays Bass Anglers

Location: Wilson State Park Hell Creek Boat Ramp

Type: Fishing Tournament

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021

Contact: Curt Wachs

Phone No: 785-259-8326

Time: 6:00 am - 4:00 pm


Other Information:

Start will be at safe light.


04/24/2021

Earth Day Clean Up - Cedar Bluff State Park

Location: Cedar Bluff State Park

Type: Volunteer Event

Date: Saturday, April 24, 2021

Contact: Amber McLaughlin

Phone No: 785-726-3212

Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm


Other Information:

Celebrate our Earth can come help clean up the park! Details will be updated as more is planned.


05/01/2021

Let's Camp America

Location: El Dorado State Park

Type: Let's Camp America

Date: Saturday, May 01, 2021

Contact: Jill Johnson

Phone No: 316-321-7180

Time: 8:00 am - 11:00 pm


Other Information:

Get your camping on. Free entrance into El Dorado State Park for 5/1/2021 only


Let's Camp America- Paint with Miss Kansas

Location: Cedar Bluff State Park - Bluffton Shelter

Type: Social Gathering

Date: Saturday, May 01, 2021

Contact: Amber McLaughlin

Phone No: 785-726-3212

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Other Information:

Let's Camp America! Come to Cedar Bluff to camp and join Miss Kansas for a painting class! We enjoyed her so much last year we had to have her back! Details will be updated as more is planned.


05/08/2021

Kansas Horse Council-Clinic

Location: El Dorado State Park

Type: Cowboy Dressage Clinic

Date: Saturday, May 08, 2021

Contact: JiIl Johnson

Phone No: 316-321-7180

Time: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm


Other Information:

Kansas Horse Council will be hosting a cowboy dressage clinic at the boulder bluff equestrian horse arena. Please contact park office for more details 316-321-7180


05/15/2021

Hays Bass Anglers

Location: Wilson State Park Hell Creek Boat Ramp

Type: Fishing Tournament

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021

Contact: Curt Wachs

Phone No: 785-259-8326

Time: 6:00 am - 4:00 pm


Other Information:

Start time will be safe light.


05/16/2021

EAST KANSAS BASSMASTERS

Location: Perry State Park

Type: Tournament

Date: Sunday, May 16, 2021

Contact: Brian Keeney

Phone No: 913 424 8285

Time: 7:00 am - 3:00 pm


Other Information:

FISHING TOURNAMENT -Bass

Location: Lake View Boat Ramp

Vehicle Permits are REQUIRED FOR ALL VEHICLES to enter the State Park- No matter the length of stay.

NOTICE: All tournaments will be done in accordance with the State of Kansas Covid 19 and the KDWPT-COVID 19 fishing Tournaments guidelines.

Wear a mask, be aware of touched surfaces and social distance.


05/29/2021

Music in the Park-Walnut River Amphitheatre

Location: El Dorado State Park

Type: Music in the Park

Date: Saturday, May 29, 2021

Contact: Jill Johnson

Phone No: 316-321-7180

Time: 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Other Information:

Band and Time to be announced as event gets closer!

Band will perform at Walnut River Amphitheatre 

*Please bring blankets and /or chairs**


06/05/2021

National Trails Day

Location: Fall River State Park

Type: Trail Hike/Bike

Date: Saturday, June 05, 2021

Contact: Kimberly Jones

Phone No: 620-637-2213

This is an All Day Event


Other Information:

Celebrate National Trails Day by hiking or mountain biking one of seven trails at Fall River. Check out the new Badger Creek Trail just completed by the Kansas Trails Council.  Insect repellent, water, and sunscreen are recommended. 


Bass Federation of Kansas

Location: Wilson State Park-Hell Creek Boat Ramp

Type: Fishing Tournament

Dates: 06/05/21 - 06/06/21

Contact: Larry Stoafer

Phone No: 913-240-5254

Time: 5:30 am - 3:00 pm



Ramon Criss-Storm the Dam Half Marathon Trail Run

Location: El Dorado State Park-Walnut River Amphitheatre

Type: Half Marathon-Trail Run

Date: Saturday, June 05, 2021

Contact: Jill Johnson

Phone No: 316-321-7180

Time: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm


Other Information:

Brandi Lane with OZ Events will be hosting a trail run 10K & 5K 

Storm the dam will be be located at the Walnut River Amphitheatre


Annual Youth Fishing Tournament

Location: Glen Elder State Park

Type: Youth Fishing Tournament

Date: Saturday, June 05, 2021

Contact: Scott Waters

Phone No: 785-545-3345

Time: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm


Other Information:

Youth Fishing Tournament! Along with OK Kids - prizes for every participant!!


National Trails Day

Location: Cross Timbers State Park

Type: Trail Hike/Bike

Date: Saturday, June 05, 2021

Contact: Kimberly Jones

Phone No: 620-637-2213

Time: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm


Other Information:

Celebrating National Trails Day! Cross Timbers has six trails for you to enjoy nearly 15 miles total.


06/12/2021

Hays Bass Anglers

Location: Wilson State Park Hell Creek Boat Ramp

Type: Fishing Tournament

Date: Saturday, June 12, 2021

Contact: Curt Wachs

Phone No: 785-259-8326

Time: 6:00 am - 4:00 pm


Other Information:

Start time will be safe light.


06/18/2021

Kansas Veterans Reunion

Location: El Dorado State Park

Type: Kansas Veterans Reunion

Dates: 06/18/21 - 06/20/21

Contact: Jill Johnson

Phone No: 316-321-7180

Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Other Information:

Kansas Veterans Family Reunion is June 18-20th-located at Veterans Point in Shady Creek-Flyer Coming soon!!


07/03/2021

Waves of Freedom- Celebration of Vets and Pets

Location: Cedar Bluff State Park

Type: Social Event

Date: Saturday, July 03, 2021

Contact: Amber McLaughlin

Phone No: 785-726-3212

Time: 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Other Information:

At Cedar Bluff State Park we love our veterans and pets! We are a perfect place for them all due to our firework free zone. We do celebrate our freedom with a Pet and UTV parade and prizes for the "most patriotic" campsite. Details will be updated in this event page as we plan it. Make sure to mark your calendar!


07/31/2021

Music in the Park

Location: El Dorado State Park

Type: Music in the Park

Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021

Contact: Jill Johnson

Phone No: 316-321-7180

Time: 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Other Information:

Band to be announced as event gets closer.

Event will be located at Walnut River Amphitheatre


08/07/2021

S'moresfest

Location: Cedar Bluff State Park

Type: Social Event

Date: Saturday, August 07, 2021

Contact: Amber McLaughlin

Phone No: 7857-726-3212

Time: 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Other Information:

Join us for our annual S'moresfest! This is a once of a kind event where we celebrate the best camping food- S'MORES! We will have a good competition and then a group s'more roast. Come show off your S'mores skills... it will be S'MORE fun!


08/14/2021

Campground Christmas

Location: Lovewell State Park

Type: Christmas Lighting Contest

Dates: 08/14/21 - 08/15/21

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.


09/03/2021

ANNUAL Friends of Perry Lake Wild Horse Trails

Location: Perry State Park

Type: Trial Ride

Dates: 09/03/21 - 09/06/21

Contact: Dewayne Burgess or Jo Turner

Phone No: 785 230 5241 785 230 4349

This is an All Day Event


Other Information:

Friends of Perry Wild Horse Annual Celebration

Location: Wild Horse Equestrian Shelter and Trails

Check Facebook "Let's Ride--Perry Lake"

Vehicle Permits are REQUIRED FOR ALL VEHICLES to enter the State Park- No matter the length of stay.

NOTICE: All events will be done in accordance with the State of Kansas Covid 19 guidelines.

Wear a mask, be aware of touched surfaces and social distance.


09/04/2021

Lovewell Lake Fireworks Display

Location: Lovewell State Park

Type: Fireworks Display

Date: Saturday, September 04, 2021

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 4th. State Park Vehicle Permit is required.  Event is tentative, pending private fundraising for fireworks purchase.


09/11/2021

Hays Bass Anglers

Location: Wilson State Park Hell Creek Boat Ramp

Type: Fishing Tournament

Date: Saturday, September 11, 2021

Contact: Curt Wachs

Phone No: 785-259-8326

Time: 6:00 am - 4:00 pm


Other Information:

Start time will be safe light.


09/12/2021

3D Archery Shoot and Free Park Entrance

Location: Lovewell State Park

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

Date: Sunday, September 12, 2021

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.


09/25/2021

19th Annual Fall River Rendezvous

Location: Fall River State Park - Fredonia Bay Area

Type: Historical Reenactment of the Mountain Man Era 1800-1840

Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021

Contact: Kimberly Jones

Phone No: 620-637-2213

Time: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm


Other Information:

Step back to 1821, a time with the mountain man and the American Indians walked the recently purchased Louisiana Purchase. A time when Lewis and Clark had finished their exploration, and others were wanting to follow in their footsteps. The event interprets 1800-1840 with a traditional rendezvous when Mountain Men and American Indians camped together to trade for needed supplies from the fur companies. Activities may include Indian and Mountain Men Encampments, Historical Traders, Blackpowder Shoot, Tomahawk Throw, Skillet Throw for the Ladies, and a Kids Gold Rush. Come out to Fall River State Park and step back to 1821.


10/02/2021

Hell Creek 100

Location: Wilson State Park Switchgrass Trail

Type: Race-runners

Dates: 10/02/21 - 10/03/21

Contact: Jordon Ward Or Chase Hammond

Phone No: 785-226-4467

Time: 6:00 am - 6:00 pm



OK Kids Day

Location: El Dorado State Park

Type: OK Kids Day

Date: Saturday, October 02, 2021

Contact: Jill Johnson

Phone No: 316-321-7180

Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm


Other Information:

Come enjoy outdoor kid friendly games, wildlife programs, archery, trap and black powder shoots, prizes and free lunch.

Event is located at the El Dorado Shooting Range.


10/09/2021

Mud Run

Location: El Dorado State Park

Type: Mud Run

Date: Saturday, October 09, 2021

Contact: Jill Johnson

Phone No: 316-321-7180

Time: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Other Information:

Mud Run event will be located at area 8 in Bluestem Point


10/23/2021

6th Annual Halloween Family Fun Night

Location: El Dorado State Park

Type: 6th Annual Halloween Family Fun Night

Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021

Contact: Jill Johnson

Phone No: 316-321-7180

Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm



11/26/2021

#OptOutside at Cedar Bluff

Location: Cedar Bluff State Park

Type: Camping

Date: Friday, November 26, 2021

Contact: Amber McLaughlin

Phone No: 785-726-3212

Time: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm


Other Information:

Skip the lines at the stores and come to Cedar Bluff State Park! Listen to the sound of a cracking campfire over the sound of loud crowds. Details will be updated as the event is planned


Black Friday

Location: El Dorado State Park

Type: Black Friday

Date: Friday, November 26, 2021

Contact: Jill Johnson

Phone No: 316-321-7180

Time: 8:00 am


Other Information:

Free Entrance into the Park-No park passes required on 11/26/21