Event Calendar


09/26/2023

Riley Co. - Manhattan

Location: Tuttle Creek State Park and Fancy Creek Shooting Range

Type: Hunter Ed Course

Dates: 09/26/23 - 10/03/23

Contact: Tuttle Creek State Park Office


Other Information:

Course Times: Class room, 09/26 & 10/03: 6 PM to 10 PM. Field day, 30 Sept.: 8 AM to 4:30 PM

Course Location/Address: Pre-registration required. Attendees pick up manual, course syllabus and class locations at Tuttle Creek state park office, 8-4:30 daily. Course is limited to 30 students. Students must attend all, three sessions. Classroom is held in Manhattan and field day is at Fancy Creek Shooting Range near Randolph. Class is free. 


09/30/2023

CRUZIN THE SHORELINE

Location: Perry State Park

Type: Car Show and Parade

Date: Saturday, September 30, 2023

Contact: Denny Tryon or Donna Tryon

Phone No: 785-554-5846 or 785-845-2794

This is an All Day Event


Other Information:

Curzin the Shoreline - Start time and arrival to Perry State Park will be determined later.

BSA Scout Troop 167 will be in attendance at the stopping point at the Lake View Boat Ramp Shelter at Perry State Park. contact Denny Tryon 785-554-5846 or Donna Tyron 785-845-2794 for any questions or concerns for this event.

All Visitors into the Park will need a vehicle permit.

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

Follow any current Covid 19 regulations.


KANSAS STATE BASS FISHING

Location: Perry State Park

Type: Tournament

Date: Saturday, September 30, 2023

Contact: Logan Stackhouse

Phone No: 816-728-1242

Time: 5:00 am - 4:00 pm


Other Information:

Bass Fishing Tournament

Location: NORTH BOAT RAMP

Vehicle Permits are REQUIRED for all vehicles to enter the State Park - no matter the length of stay.


The Bass Federation of Kansas

Location: Wilson State Park Hell Creek Boat Ramp

Type: Fishing Tournament

Dates: 09/30/23 - 10/01/23

Contact: Larry Stoafer

Phone No: 913-240-5254

Time: 7:00 am - 3:00 pm



21th 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 30, 2023

Contact: Kimberly Jones

Phone No: 620-637-2213

Time: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm


Other Information:

Step back to 1823, 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 1823.


10/02/2023

Little Jerusalem 10-02

Location: Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park

Type: Off Trail Hike

Date: Monday, October 02, 2023

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

Phone No: 620-872-2061

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Other Information:

***NOTICE*** Ferruginous hawk is nesting at LJBSP. With an active nest, tours may be a shorter time/distance than normal. We must avoid the area of the hawk nest until they have fledged!

Please be observant of weather conditions!! I cannot have tours if there has been recent rains, snow or melting/melted snow. It is also unsafe to have tours in high wind weather (which happens often here!). Hiking off trail in wet conditions damages the environment of Little Jerusalem. Monitor the National Weather Service locations for Scott City and Oakley to be familiar with weather conditions prior to your trip!

**Restrooms are currently open. Please be advised that due to unavoidable circumstances, there might be temporary closures of restrooms due to water issues. Plan ahead and make stops in Oakley or Scott City just in case!**

**My days off vary for the month of September/October. I check emails only when at work. Please plan ahead when making your reservations to know for sure there is space available in a tour!!!

Space is limited on tours. Spaces must be reserved. I try for the tours to not be too much larger than 15 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!. Email is the BEST way to reach Sara Kay!!!

Come to Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park and enjoy an off trail guided hike lead by the naturalist! Be prepared for rough hiking, uneven terrain, and scrambling thru grass and brush. Wear boots or other appropriate 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! Plan for a wind chill factor in the winter!

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


10/07/2023

Wakonda Indian Festival

Location: Glen Elder State Park

Type: Indian Festival

Date: Saturday, October 07, 2023

Contact: Sharon Sahlfeld

Phone No: 785-738-8035

Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Other Information:

Offering Native American dance, music, artwork, food and educational interaction with the crowd.


Friends of Perry Lake Wild Horse Trails

Location: Perry State Park

Type: Trail Ride

Date: Saturday, October 07, 2023

Contact: Amy Schmidtlein

Phone No: 785-640-1600

Time: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Other Information:

Location Wild Horse Equestrian Shelter and Trials

Chili & Pie Supper and Moonlight Ride

In case of inclement weather-and more event details will be updated on "Let's Ride - Perry Lake" Facebook page.

Please remember all vehicles must have a permit 

All camping fees will apply.

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


Little Apple GLOW PADDLE

Location: Tuttle Creek State Park

Type: Kayaking

Date: Saturday, October 07, 2023

Contact: Todd Lovin

Phone No: 785-539-7941

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Other Information:

Little Apple Glow Paddle
Spend the evening on River Pond for the annual Little Apple Glow Paddle. Family-fun for all ages; wear your costumes and decorate your boat. End the evening with s'mores by the campfire! Don't forget, life jackets are REQUIRED! Vehicle permits are required to enter the Kansas State Park, it is $5 for a day pass or $25 for the calendar year vehicle permit. The event itself does not cost to attend. If wanting to rent a kayak, it is $10 per kayak, and you can do so by calling the Tuttle Creek State Park Office at 785-539-7941. Children under the age of 12 cannot go alone in the kayak, a tandem kayak will have to be rented. 


10/09/2023

Little Jerusalem 10-09

Location: Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park

Type: Off Trail Hike

Date: Monday, October 09, 2023

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

Phone No: 620-872-2061

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Other Information:

Please be observant of weather conditions!! Kansas weather is being even more unpredictable than usual!!! I cannot have tours if there has been recent rains, snow or melting/melted snow. Hiking off trail in wet conditions damages the environment of Little Jerusalem. It is also unsafe to have tours in high wind weather (which happens often here!) Monitor the National Weather Service locations for Scott City and Oakley to be familiar with weather conditions prior to your trip!

*Restrooms are currently open* On occasion we do experience temporary closures due to water supply issues. Please plan accordingly prior to your arrival, just in case.  Oakley, Scott City, or Lake Scott are the only close by locations for restroom options. 

**My days off vary the month of September/October. I only check emails on work days. Please plan ahead when making your reservations to know for sure there is space available in a tour!!!

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!. Email is the BEST way to reach Sara Kay!!!

Come to Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park and enjoy an off trail guided hike lead by the naturalist! Be prepared for rough hiking, uneven terrain, and scrambling thru grass and brush. Wear boots or other appropriate 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! Plan for a wind chill factor in the winter!

We will start at the main overlook at the west end of the parking lot (The Ramada Overlook) 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. Cancellation notices will be posted on this hike day's info.


10/13/2023

Saddle and Sirloin Club of Kansas City

Location: Perry State Park

Type: Trail Ride

Dates: 10/13/23 - 10/15/23

Contact: Jo Turner and Dewayne Burgess

Phone No: 785-230-4349 or 785-230-5241

This is an All Day Event


Other Information:

Location: Wild Horse Equestrian Shelter, Campground 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.

All camping fees will apply.

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


10/14/2023

Wicked Whisker Tournament Series

Location: Perry State Park

Type: Tournament

Date: Saturday, October 14, 2023

Contact: Jeremy gregg

Phone No: 402-515-7176

Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Other Information:

Catfish Fishing Tournament

Location: Lake View Boat Ramp

Vehicle Permits are REQUIRED for all vehicles to enter the State Park - no matter the length of stay.


Halloween in the Park

Location: Meade State Park

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

Date: Saturday, October 14, 2023

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 or call the park office.


10/16/2023

Little Jerusalem 10-16

Location: Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park

Type: Off Trail Hike

Date: Monday, October 16, 2023

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

Phone No: 620-872-2061

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Other Information:

Please be observant of weather conditions!! Kansas weather is being even more unpredictable than ever !!! I cannot have tours if there has been recent rains, snow or melting/melted snow. Hiking off trail in wet conditions damages the environment of Little Jerusalem. It is also unsafe to have tours in high wind weather (which happens often here!) Monitor the National Weather Service locations for Scott City and Oakley to be familiar with weather conditions prior to your trip!

*Restrooms are currently open* Be aware that on occasion we do experience issues with bathrooms and there may be temporary closurse due to water supply issues. Please plan accordingly prior to your arrival for that "just in case" time. Oakley, Scott City, or Lake Scott are the only close by locations for restroom options.

**My days off vary the month of October. I only check email on my work days. Please plan ahead when making your reservations to know for sure there is space available in a tour!!!

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!. Email is the BEST way to reach Sara Kay!!!

Come to Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park and enjoy an off trail guided hike lead by the naturalist! Be prepared for rough hiking, uneven terrain, and scrambling thru grass and brush. Wear boots or other appropriate 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! Plan for a wind chill factor in the winter!

We will start at the main overlook at the west end of the parking lot (The Ramada Overlook) 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. Cancellation notices will be posted on this hike day's info.


10/19/2023

Renegades

Location: Perry State Park

Type: Trail Ride

Dates: 10/19/23 - 10/22/23

This is an All Day Event


Other Information:

Location Wild Horse Equestrian Shelter

Please remember all vehicles must have a permit

All camping fees will apply.

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


10/21/2023

Denver Bassmasters

Location: Wilson State park Hell Creek Boat Ramp

Type: Fishing Tournament

Dates: 10/21/23 - 10/22/23

Contact: Howard Binkley

Phone No: 720-375-4870

Time: 5:00 am - 4:00 pm



Halloween at Perry State Park

Location: Perry State Park

Type: Campsite Decorations Hay Rack Ride

Date: Saturday, October 21, 2023

Contact: Perry State Park

Phone No: 785-246-3449

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Other Information:

Please check out our Facebook page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/PerryStatePark

Location Lake View Shelter

Vehicle permits will be required.

Trick or Treating

Campsite decorations are encouraged.

There will be a hayrack ride, hot chocolate and smores!


10/24/2023

Riley Co. - Manhattan

Location: Tuttle Creek State Park and Fancy Creek

Type: Hunter Ed Course

Dates: 10/24/23 - 10/31/23

Contact: Tuttle Creek State Park office


Other Information:

Classroom, 24 & 28: 6:00-10:00PM, Field day, 10/31, 8:00 am to 4:30 PM

Pre-registration required at Tuttle Creek State Park office(8-4:30). Students receive manual, class syllabus and locations of classroom and field day. Class is held in Manhattan and field day at Fancy Creek range near Randolph, KS. Class is free. Students must attend all three sessions. 


10/28/2023

R Catz Catfish Tourament

Location: Perry State Park

Type: Tournament

Date: Saturday, October 28, 2023

Contact: William Parnker

Phone No: 620-704-3958

This is an All Day Event


Other Information:

Catfish Fishing Tournament

Location: Lake View Boat Ramp

Vehicle Permits are REQUIRED for all vehicles to enter the State Park - no matter the length of stay.


11/21/2023

USD 343 Perry Lecompton Middle School

Location: Perry State Park

Type: Conservation Clean up

Date: Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm


Other Information:

Perry Lecompton Middle School will be picking up trash throughout the Park. 


11/24/2023

Free Park Entrance - #optoutside

Location: Milford State Park

Type: Black Friday

Date: Friday, November 24, 2023

This is an All Day Event


Other Information:

Free Park Entrance day at Milford State Park for all vehicles! Camping fees still apply.