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10/21/2020: The park is winterized for the season. This includes water shut off to all campsites, shower houses in Prairie Clover, North shower house in Coneflower, swim beach bathroom, and the fish cleaning station. The South bathroom in Coneflower Campground will remain open for the winter. Dump station 1 is closed for the season, dump station 2 is open. Frost free hydrants around the campgrounds will remain on for your convenience. 

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

798 N 1415 Rd
Lawrence,KS    66049
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.


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.

General Information
798 N 1415 Rd
Lawrence, KS    66049
Office Hours:
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday

Park Office phone: 785-842-8562

Park Office phone: 785-842-8562


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
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    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.