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6/8/2020: All facilities at Clinton State Park are open.

Park Office: year round operation for all department sales

Clinton Marina: boat storage, boat rentals and sales

Park Day Use Areas: 6 reservable shelters, playgrounds and special event venue areas

Campgrounds: 378 total sites; 135 sites with water and electricity (30amp; 20 amp plugs), 61 sites with water and electricity (50/30 amp; 20 amp plug ins), 173 primitive sites

Cabins: 6 Cabins that sleep 6. 1 Cabin that sleeps 8. Elk Creek Cabin is the only pet friendly cabin at Clinton State Park

Reservations: 391 sites (campsites, shelters, cabins) available for reservation

Special use amenities: 25 mile hike/bike trail, 5 mile cross country ski trail, archery range, 18-hole disc golf course, swim beach, sand volleyball court, mountain bike skills course, 3-acre trout pond, 1-acre children’s fishing pond,  fish cleaning station and 2 fish feeders

Phone:
Email:
Address:
798 N 1415 Rd
Lawrence,KS    66049
County/Counties:
Office Hours:
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday
Park News - Updated: 02/07/2020
CG#1 SITES 54 - 48

Park Office Phone Number - 785-842-8562

Park Office Hours - Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Facility Update

October 15, 2019, water will be shut off for the winter season. Frost free hydrants will still be available throughout the park. The South Shower House in Prairie Clover Campground will be available throughout the winter.

Projects

New site posts and site numbers are being installed.

The lagoon across from Coneflower Campground will be repaired starting November 1st and Coneflower Campground will be closed until the repairs are completed.

Important Information

Clinton State Park will be 100% reservable for the 2020 camping season starting April 1st. You will be required to pay for your site before you arrive at the campsite.

Lake Level

For up to date lake elevation visit the link below.

https://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/District-Lakes/Clinton-Lake/Daily-Lake-Info-2/

General Information
Phone:
Email:
Address:
798 N 1415 Rd
 
Lawrence, KS    66049
County/Counties:
Office Hours:
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday

Park Office phone: 785-842-8562


History

Dedicated in 1975, 1500-acre Clinton State Park is located on the North Shore of Clinton Reservoir. Prairie grasses and woodlands make up the landscape of Clinton State Park. Native wildlife is abundant and easily viewed along park roadways. Whitetail deer, turkey, waterfowl and songbirds are commonly seen in the park.

Clinton Areas









Campground #3
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: Yes
  • Reservable Sites: Yes
  • Primitive Camping: 84
  • Water, Electric: 176
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Campground #1
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: Yes
  • Reservable Sites: No
  • Primitive Camping: 70
  • Water, Electric: 89
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Clinton Trails
Cross-Country Ski Trail
  • Trail Season: Weather Dependent
  • Length of Trail: 5 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities:
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: N38 56.516 W095 21.263
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    Cross-Country Ski Trail


Prairieview Nature Trail
  • Trail Season: All Season
  • Length of Trail: 0.75 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: N38 56.463 W095 22.704
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    .75 self-guided nature trail


North Shore Trail
  • Trail Season: All Seasons
  • Length of Trail: 25 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Mt. Biking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: 38.936083 -95.35325
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    The North Shore Trails run from the Overlook Park (Corp of Engineer's daily use area) through Clinton State Park.  The trails in this 25 mile system are single track, dirt hiking and biking trails with mile markers.  Each trail is blazed with Blue, White or Red markers.  

    • The Blue Trail is 9 miles long.
    • The White Trail is 14 miles long.
    • The Red Trail is 2 miles long.

Clinton Cabins

Important Cabin Information:  Reservation Terms and Conditions, Cabin Reservation Information

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Clinton State Park Cabins 

Our Cabins sit atop a high bluff overlooking Clinton Reservoir with views of the lake from the front porch.

List of Items Not Provided

  • Bath towels
  • Bed linens (2 Full/2 Twin for one Bedroom Cabins and 2 full / 6 Twin for two Bedroom Cabin)
  • Blankets and Pillows
  • Personal care items
  • Spices, condiments, all of your food and beverages
  • Charcoal for outside grilling & campfire wood for fire ring 
  • Television, internet and phone services are not provided.

List of Items Provided

  • Air-Conditioned & Heated 
  • Couch
  • Bathroom with Shower
  • Full Kitchen with Utensils & Cookware
  • Dining Table 
  • Picnic Table
  • Grill
  • Fire Ring

#3 Deer Creek Cabin
  • Type of Facility: Cabin
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N38 55.789 W95 21.462
  • This Facility is Reservable. Check availability and reserve #3 Deer Creek Cabin
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    Deer Creek Cabin is the third cabin as you enter the area, and this one-bedroom cabin has a great view of the lake from its porch. All cabins have concrete parking and patio areas with picnic tables and grills, as well as large campfire rings.

    The cabins are outfitted nicely inside, too. Each has a refrigerator/freezer, four-burner electric stove/oven, microwave, toaster, coffee pot and all the utensils you'll need.

    • Bathrooms are comfortable with a walk-in showers, vanities, mirrors and flush commodes.
    • The master bedroom include full beds and sofa. The futon in the living area fold down to full-size bed. The living area also include a pull-down twin Murphy bed.

    All you need to bring is your bedding and towels, as well as food and beverages.

    The state park is located on a bluff 80 feet above the water, but there are several places on the trail system that will get you close to the lake shore.

    Two access points to the North Shore Hiking/Biking trails are nearby.

    • Just east of the Wakarusa River cabin, you can access the trail system. There is an eagle blind in the wooded area near there, and you’ll have a great view of the Clinton Marina Cove. The marina offers slip and boat rental and can be contacted by calling 785/749-3222 or visiting clintonmarina.co. Anglers will find convenient access to the lake shore.
    • Trails can also be reached by following the red handrail west of the shelter near the entrance of the cabin area, across from the shower house. Steps lead down to the hiking/biking trails. The White Trail is marked with paint on trees and leads to the easier Blue Trail, which takes hikers closer to the water. The Red Trail is more difficult; please use caution.
    • At most entrances to the hiking/biking trails, there will be trail maps to help you keep track of where you are and what you might see in that area. A master copy of that map will also be in your Welcome Packet we’ll leave in the cabin for you. It’s really quiet and beautiful on the trails. Keep an eye out for wildlife and enjoy this awesome addition to the state park. Don't forget sunscreen and bug spray before heading out on the trails

    A reminder if you stay with us: NO PETS are allowed in or around the cabins and NO SMOKING allowed inside the cabins!

    Check In and Out Times

    • Check in time is 2:00 p.m.       
    • Check out time is Noon

    Entry Key Codes

    Door Entry Codes will be the last four of your reservation number.


#4 Coon Creek Cabin
  • Type of Facility: Cabin
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N38 55.787 W95 21.524
  • This Facility is Reservable. Check availability and reserve #4 Coon Creek Cabin
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    The fourth cabin is Coon Creek Cabin, a one-bedroom cabin with a great view of the lake from its porch. All cabins have concrete parking and patio areas with picnic tables and grills, as well as large campfire rings.

    The cabins are outfitted nicely inside, too. Each has a refrigerator/freezer, four-burner electric stove/oven, microwave, toaster, coffee pot and all the utensils you'll need.

    • Bathrooms are  comfortable with a walk-in showers, vanities, mirrors and flush commodes.
    • The master bedrooms include full beds and sofas. The futons in the living areas fold down to full-size beds. The living areas also include pull-down twin Murphy beds.

    All you need to bring is your bedding and towels, as well as food and beverages.

    The state park is located on a bluff 80 feet above the water, but there are several places on the trail system that will get you close to the lake shore.

    Two access points to the North Shore Hiking/Biking trails are nearby.

    • Just east of the Wakarusa River cabin, you can access the trail system. There is an eagle blind in the wooded area near there, and you’ll have a great view of the Clinton Marina Cove. The marina offers slip and boat rental and can be contacted by calling 785/749-3222 or visiting clintonmarina.co. Anglers will find convenient access to the lake shore.
    • Trails can also be reached by following the red handrail west of the shelter near the entrance of the cabin area, across from the shower house. Steps lead down to the hiking/biking trails. The White Trail is marked with paint on trees and leads to the easier Blue Trail, which takes hikers closer to the water. The Red Trail is more difficult; please use caution.
    • At most entrances to the hiking/biking trails, there will be trail maps to help you keep track of where you are and what you might see in that area. A master copy of that map will also be in your Welcome Packet we’ll leave in the cabin for you. It’s really quiet and beautiful on the trails. Keep an eye out for wildlife and enjoy this awesome addition to the state park. Don't forget sunscreen and bug spray before heading out on the trails

    A reminder if you stay with us: NO PETS are allowed in or around the cabins and NO SMOKING allowed inside the cabins!

    Check In and Out Times 

    • Check in time is 2:00 p.m.         
    • Check out time is Noon

    Entry Key Codes

    Door Entry Codes will be the last four of your reservation number. 


#6 Elk Creek Cabin
  • Type of Cabin: Modern Cabin
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N38 55.787 W95 21.524
  • This Facility is Reservable. Check availability and reserve #6 Elk Creek Cabin
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    Elk Creek Cabin is the sixth cabin as you enter the area. And this one-bedroom cabin has a great view of the lake from its porch. All cabins have concrete parking and patio areas with picnic tables and grills, as well as large campfire rings.

    The cabins are outfitted nicely inside, too. Each has a refrigerator/freezer, four-burner electric stove/oven, microwave, toaster, coffee pot and all the utensils you'll need.

    • Bathrooms are  comfortable with a walk-in showers, vanities, mirrors and flush commodes.
    • The master bedroom include full bed and sofa. The futon in the living areas fold down to full-size bed. The living area also includes pull-down twin Murphy beds.

    All you need to bring is your bedding and towels, as well as food and beverages.

    The state park is located on a bluff 80 feet above the water, but there are several places on the trail system that will get you close to the lake shore.

    Two access points to the North Shore Hiking/Biking trails are nearby.

    • Just east of the Wakarusa River cabin, you can access the trail system. There is an eagle blind in the wooded area near there, and you’ll have a great view of the Clinton Marina Cove. The marina offers slip and boat rental and can be contacted by calling 785/749-3222 or visiting clintonmarina.co. Anglers will find convenient access to the lake shore.
    • Trails can also be reached by following the red handrail west of the shelter near the entrance of the cabin area, across from the shower house. Steps lead down to the hiking/biking trails. The White Trail is marked with paint on trees and leads to the easier Blue Trail, which takes hikers closer to the water. The Red Trail is more difficult; please use caution.
    • At most entrances to the hiking/biking trails, there will be trail maps to help you keep track of where you are and what you might see in that area. A master copy of that map will also be in your Welcome Packet we’ll leave in the cabin for you. It’s really quiet and beautiful on the trails. Keep an eye out for wildlife and enjoy this awesome addition to the state park. Don't forget sunscreen and bug spray before heading out on the trails

    A reminder if you stay with us: NO PETS are allowed in or around the cabins and NO SMOKING allowed inside the cabins!

    Check In and Out Times

    • Check in time is 2:00 p.m.
    • Check out time is Noon

#2 Camp Creek Cabin
  • Type of Cabin: Modern Cabin
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N38 55.776 W095 21.581
  • This Facility is Reservable. Check availability and reserve #2 Camp Creek Cabin
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    The one-bedroom Camp Creek Cabin is the second Cabin as you enter into the are and has a great view of the lake from its porch. All cabins have concrete parking and patio areas with picnic tables and grills, as well as large campfire rings.

    The cabins are outfitted nicely inside, too. Each has a refrigerator/freezer, four-burner electric stove/oven, microwave, toaster, coffee pot and all the utensils you'll need.

    • Bathrooms are comfortable with a walk-in showers, vanities, mirrors and flush commodes.
    • The master bedrooms include full beds and sofas. The futons in the living areas fold down to full-size beds. The living areas also include pull-down twin Murphy beds.

    All you need to bring is your bedding and towels, as well as food and beverages.

    The state park is located on a bluff 80 feet above the water, but there are several places on the trail system that will get you close to the lake shore.

    Two access points to the North Shore Hiking/Biking trails are nearby.

    • Just east of the Wakarusa River cabin, you can access the trail system. There is an eagle blind in the wooded area near there, and you’ll have a great view of the Clinton Marina Cove. The marina offers slip and boat rental and can be contacted by calling 785/749-3222 or visiting clintonmarina.co. Anglers will find convenient access to the lake shore.
    • Trails can also be reached by following the red handrail west of the shelter near the entrance of the cabin area, across from the shower house. Steps lead down to the hiking/biking trails. The White Trail is marked with paint on trees and leads to the easier Blue Trail, which takes hikers closer to the water. The Red Trail is more difficult; please use caution.
    • At most entrances to the hiking/biking trails, there will be trail maps to help you keep track of where you are and what you might see in that area. A master copy of that map will also be in your Welcome Packet we’ll leave in the cabin for you. It’s really quiet and beautiful on the trails. Keep an eye out for wildlife and enjoy this awesome addition to the state park. Don't forget sunscreen and bug spray before heading out on the trails
    A reminder if you stay with us: NO PETS are allowed in or around the cabins and NO SMOKING allowed inside the cabins!

    Check In and Out Times

    •  Check in time is 2:00 p.m.
    •  Check out time is Noon

    Entry Key Codes

    The entry code will be the last four digits of your reservation number.

     Like us on Facebook for Cabin pictures and details.  http://www.facebook.com/ClintonStatePark


#1 Chicken Creek
  • Type of Cabin: Modern Cabin
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N38 55.779 W095 21.556
  • This Facility is Reservable. Check availability and reserve #1 Chicken Creek
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    Just a short drive from the main entrance road, a gravel driveway leads up to the cabin area. The first cabin you'll see is Chicken Creek Cabin, a one-bedroom cabin with a great view of the lake from its porch. All cabins have concrete parking and patio areas with picnic tables and grills, as well as large campfire rings.

    The cabins are outfitted nicely inside, too. Each has a refrigerator/freezer, four-burner electric stove/oven, microwave, toaster, coffee pot and all the utensils you'll need.

    • Bathrooms are comfortable with a walk-in showers, vanities, mirrors and flush commodes.
    • The master bedroom include full beds and sofa. The futon in the living area fold down to full-size bed. The living area also include a pull-down twin Murphy bed.

    All you need to bring is your bedding and towels, as well as food and beverages.

    The state park is located on a bluff 80 feet above the water, but there are several places on the trail system that will get you close to the lake shore.

    Two access points to the North Shore Hiking/Biking trails are nearby.

    • Just east of the Wakarusa River cabin, you can access the trail system. There is an eagle blind in the wooded area near there, and you’ll have a great view of the Clinton Marina Cove. The marina offers slip and boat rental and can be contacted by calling 785/749-3222 or visiting clintonmarina.co. Anglers will find convenient access to the lake shore.
    • Trails can also be reached by following the red handrail west of the shelter near the entrance of the cabin area, across from the shower house. Steps lead down to the hiking/biking trails. The White Trail is marked with paint on trees and leads to the easier Blue Trail, which takes hikers closer to the water. The Red Trail is more difficult; please use caution.
    • At most entrances to the hiking/biking trails, there will be trail maps to help you keep track of where you are and what you might see in that area. A master copy of that map will also be in your Welcome Packet we’ll leave in the cabin for you. It’s really quiet and beautiful on the trails. Keep an eye out for wildlife and enjoy this awesome addition to the state park. Don't forget sunscreen and bug spray before heading out on the trails
    A reminder if you stay with us: NO PETS are allowed in or around the cabins and NO SMOKING allowed inside the cabins!

    Check In and Out Times

    • Check in time is 2:00 p.m.       
    • Check out time is Noon

    Entry Key Codes

    Door Entry Codes will be the last four of your reservation number. 

    Like us on Facebook for Cabin pictures and details. http://www.facebook.com/ClintonStatePark


#5 Washington Creek Cabin
  • Type of Cabin: Modern Cabin
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N38 55.791 W95 21.485
  • This Facility is Reservable. Check availability and reserve #5 Washington Creek Cabin
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    Fifth in line is the Washington Creek Cabin, which is a one-bedroom cabin with a great view of the lake from its porch. All cabins have concrete parking and patio areas with picnic tables and grills, as well as large campfire rings.

    The cabins are outfitted nicely inside, too. Each has a refrigerator/freezer, four-burner electric stove/oven, microwave, toaster, coffee pot and all the utensils you'll need.

    • Bathrooms are  comfortable with a walk-in showers, vanities, mirrors and flush commodes.
    • The master bedrooms include full beds and sofas. The futons in the living areas fold down to full-size beds. The living areas also include pull-down twin Murphy beds.

    All you need to bring is your bedding and towels, as well as food and beverages.

    The state park is located on a bluff 80 feet above the water, but there are several places on the trail system that will get you close to the lake shore.

    Two access points to the North Shore Hiking/Biking trails are nearby.

    • Just east of the Wakarusa River cabin, you can access the trail system. There is an eagle blind in the wooded area near there, and you’ll have a great view of the Clinton Marina Cove. The marina offers slip and boat rental and can be contacted by calling 785/749-3222 or visiting clintonmarina.co. Anglers will find convenient access to the lake shore.
    • Trails can also be reached by following the red handrail west of the shelter near the entrance of the cabin area, across from the shower house. Steps lead down to the hiking/biking trails. The White Trail is marked with paint on trees and leads to the easier Blue Trail, which takes hikers closer to the water. The Red Trail is more difficult; please use caution.
    • At most entrances to the hiking/biking trails, there will be trail maps to help you keep track of where you are and what you might see in that area. A master copy of that map will also be in your Welcome Packet we’ll leave in the cabin for you. It’s really quiet and beautiful on the trails. Keep an eye out for wildlife and enjoy this awesome addition to the state park. Don't forget sunscreen and bug spray before heading out on the trails

    A reminder if you stay with us: NO PETS are allowed in or around the cabins and NO SMOKING allowed inside the cabins!

    Check In and Out Times

    • Check in time is 2:00 p.m.          
    • Check out time is Noon

    Entry Key Codes

    Door Entry Codes will be the last four of your reservation number. 


#7 Wakarusa River Cabin
  • Type of Facility: Modern 2 Bedroom Cabin
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N38 55.784 W95 21.390
  • This Facility is Reservable. Check availability and reserve #7 Wakarusa River Cabin
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    The last cabin in the cabin area is the Wakarusa Valley Cabin, which is a two-bedroom cabin with a great view of the lake from the cabin porch. All cabins have concrete parking and patio areas with picnic tables and grills, as well as large campfire rings.

    The cabins are outfitted nicely inside, too. Each has a refrigerator/freezer, four-burner electric stove/oven, microwave, toaster, coffee pot and all the utensils you'll need.

    • Bathrooms are comfortable with a walk-in showers, vanities, mirrors and flush commodes.
    • The master bedrooms include full beds and sofa. The futon in the living areas fold down to full-size beds.
    • The second bedroom off of the kitchen/living room area has two sets of bunk beds.

    All you need to bring is your bedding and towels, as well as food and beverages.

    The state park is located on a bluff 80 feet above the water, but there are several places on the trail system that will get you close to the lake shore.

    Two access points to the North Shore Hiking/Biking trails are nearby.

    • Just east of the Wakarusa River cabin, you can access the trail system. There is an eagle blind in the wooded area near there, and you’ll have a great view of the Clinton Marina Cove. The marina offers slip and boat rental and can be contacted by calling 785/749-3222 or visiting clintonmarina.co. Anglers will find convenient access to the lake shore.
    • Trails can also be reached by following the red handrail west of the shelter near the entrance of the cabin area, across from the shower house. Steps lead down to the hiking/biking trails. The White Trail is marked with paint on trees and leads to the easier Blue Trail, which takes hikers closer to the water. The Red Trail is more difficult; please use caution.
    • At most entrances to the hiking/biking trails, there will be trail maps to help you keep track of where you are and what you might see in that area. A master copy of that map will also be in your Welcome Packet we’ll leave in the cabin for you. It’s really quiet and beautiful on the trails. Keep an eye out for wildlife and enjoy this awesome addition to the state park. Don't forget sunscreen and bug spray before heading out on the trails
    A reminder if you stay with us: NO PETS are allowed in or around the cabins and NO SMOKING allowed inside the cabins!

    Check In and Out Times

    • Check in time is 2:00 p.m.
    • Check out time is Noon

    Entry Key Codes

     The door entry code will be the last four didgets of your reservation number. 


Clinton Calendar

    Email Clinton

    This form allows you to email Clinton State Park with any questions you might have about the State Park and its facilities. This includes season openings and closings, campsite reservations, special events, etc.

    Wildlife Viewing

    Home of the bald eagle!  In 1989 Clinton Lake generated statewide headlines when a pair of bald eagles nested in the Deer Creek arm of the reservoir. This was the first nesting in Kansas since pioneer days. The birds have returned annually to the highly protected aerie. High limestone bluffs, clear water, wooded shorelines, tallgrass prairie, croplands, and miles of hiking and camping trails make this one of the most remarkable recreation and wildlife-viewing sites in Kansas. Start your visit at the Corps of Engineers Information Center. A walk on the Backwoods Nature Trail will give you the opportunity to learn about the natural history of this area. Visit the dam and its overlook on the north end, drive through the Clinton Wildlife Area in the upper reaches of the reservoir, and walk the various hiking trails. The prairie blooms from spring to fall with prairie violets, Missouri evening primrose, lead plant, butterfly milkweed, Baldwin's ironweed, and dozens of other wildflowers. Bullfrogs and painted turtles are found in the wetlands in summer. Look for slender glass lizards along the bluebird trail. Squirrels, foxes, coyotes, white-tailed deer, bobcats, beaver, and mink are sighted year-round. Nesting birds include Canada geese, wood ducks, red-bellied woodpeckers, rose-breasted grosbeaks, mourning doves, eastern bluebirds, red-tailed hawks, and American kestrels. Eight trails in the vicinity of the lake can be experienced by avid hikers and naturalists.