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9-6-19: The park is open.

  • All Utility Sites have been opened.
  • Light House Bay marina is open. Please call for specific information, 785-828-4777.
  • Swim Beach is closed.
  • Boat Ramp #1 is OPEN.
  • Boat Ramps #2, #3, and #4 are closed.
  • Primitive camp areas remain closed: Morning Star, Bunker’s Cove & White Feather
  • Other areas in the park have been opened for primitive camping.

Located 30 miles south of Topeka on the south shore of Pomona Reservoir, about 1 mile north of K-268 on K-368, north of E. 229St.

This 490-acre park on the shore of 4,000-acre Pomona Reservoir features scenic beauty as well as an abundance of wildlife. Well-known by northeast Kansas residents for shady campsites and a great family atmosphere, Pomona State Park is in a transition zone from prairie to eastern woodlands and also offers great wildlife viewing. The park is nestled in an area with historical connections to the Santa Fe Trail, as well as easy access to several metropolitan areas.

The lake is popular with water skiers and anglers. Visitors can expect good crappie, catfish, white bass, and wiper fishing.

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22900 S. Highway 368
Vassar,KS    66543
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Park News - Updated: 09/01/2019

Pomona

Sunset at Pomona State Park
POMONA STATE PARK

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Pomona State Park is located at 22900 S. Hwy. 368 - Vassar, Ks.  Pomona State Park is located on the south shore of the 4000 acre Pomona Reservoir in Osage County, Pomona State Park is operated by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. The park is know for its rural atmosphere and shady campsites.  The 490 acre park is developed for a wide range of outdoor pursuits. 
Recreation opportunities at the state park include camping, picnicking, fishing, boating, hiking, and other activities. 
A pleasing mixture of plant life is found in prairie grassland, woodland, and lake-side environments, where enthusiasts can enjoy a variety of wildlife.  The park is open year-round.
REMEMBER POMONA STATE PARK IS OPEN YEAR ROUND FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT.

CAMPING

HIKING

BOATING

FISHING

PURCHASE YOUR HUNTING LICENSE AND ALL YOUR PERMITS FROM OUR OFFICE.

                            

CAMPGROUND UPDATES:     

BOAT Ramp #1 is the only boat ramp open on Pomona Lake - courtest dock is now installed!

Remember - when you occupy the site the fees must be paid in full for your camping stay.  Pay fees at the park office or the front entrance booth. 
PRIMITIVE CAMPSITES HAVE BEEN CLOSED AT BUNKERS COVE, EVENING STAR, WHITE FEATHER, MORNING STAR AREA, AND KANSA DUE TO HIGH WATER.
ALL UTILITIY SITES ARE FULL FOR LABOR DAY WEEKEND.

PRIMITIVE AREAS ARE AVAILABLE FOR CAMPING - (NO UTILITIES)

***  PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT THE PARK OFFICE FOR UPDATES.  785-828-4933
SWIMMING BEACH:  THE SWIMMING BEACH IS CLOSED DUE TO HIGH WATER.  
DO NOT CROSS BARRICADES AT THE SWIMMING BEACH - or - ANY OTHER BARRICADES THROUGHOUT THE PARK.  THESE AREAS ARE NOT SAFE AT THIS TIME!
    THE MARINA IS OPEN - PLEASE CONTACT THEM FOR HOURS OF OPERATION -- THEIR PHONE NUMBER IS 785-828-4777.
 
PLEASE DO NOT DRIVE ACROSS ANY ROAD BARRICADES OR TRAFFIC CONES BLOCKING ROADS, CAMPGROUNDS OR PARKING LOTS.  THESE BARRICADES ARE PLACED FOR YOUR SAFETY -
IF YOU ARE COURIOUS AND WANT TO LOOK AT THE HIGH WATER, YOU MAY WALK AROUND THE BARRICADES UNLESS OTHERWISE POSTED.
TRAILS MAY NOT BE ACCESSIBLE DUE TO HIGH WATER -     
                                      LABOR DAY ACTIVITIES:
Saturday - August 31st - BREAKFAST BURRITO BAR AT SOUTHWIND SHELTER (sponsored by Friends of Pomona State Park) 7:30 am - 10:00 am.
Saturday - August 31st - CROOKED RIVER POSSE EVENT - (located near boat ramp #1)
Saturday - August 31st - DJ MUSIC PROVED BY DJ ALEX - LOCATION BOAT RAMP #2 - 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sunday - September 1st - CROOKED RIVER POSSE EVENT - (located near boat ramp #1)
Sunday - September 1st - WATER SKI SHOW (sponsored by Pomona Lake Ski Club) - LOCATION - LIGHTHOUSE BAY MARINA COVE
Buck Brush Trail Bridge

Buck Brush Trail Bridge

We have three trails located throughout the park. Rising Sun Trail is located on the east side of the park in the Ah Ke Ta picnic area. It is the park’s shortest trail. Buckbrush Trail is located next to the Burning Heart Campground. Hedge-Wood Trail is located at the park entrance. The Hedge-Wood Trail has been designated as a “HealthyKansasTrail” to promote outdoor activity and allow visitors to gauge their fitness level. This is the park’s longest trail and is ADA accessible. Total length of trails is over three miles of hiking..

Marina:

Lighthouse Bay Marina is located near the Kansa Campground. They are a full service marina and offer you beverages, snacks, ice and fishing supplies. If you like to fish, Pomona Lake is known to be a great wiper and catfish lake. Fishermen have had great successes in recent years at Pomona Lake. State record flathead catfish and wiper were taken from Pomona waters in recent years. The marina is always a good place to begin your fishing trip.

Shelter House:

Southwind Shelter House is open year-round. If you are planning a business meeting or family gathering the Southwind Shelter House can be reserved please call the office for details. Southwind Shelter House is a group facility equipped with restrooms, a full kitchen, and a large multi-purpose room with tables and chairs to accommodate up to 128 people. It has a large covered back-porch area with picnic tables and outdoor grills for barbecues. The shelter can be reserved for $100/day. Please call the park office at 785-828-4933 to book your reservation today.

 
 
Coyote
Wildlife Viewing:
Park Wildlife - Racoons

Pomona State Park is a great place to visit if you are a birdwatcher. There are lots of songbirds with about 40 bluebird boxes in the park.

Deer 3

Some common animals you might see include white tailed deer, bobcats, coyotes, turkeys, raccoons, beavers, squirrels, foxes and rabbits. Bald eagles visit the lake in the winter and are often seen perching in shoreline trees or soaring above the lake.

Cardinal

Throughout migrations you can expect to see snow and Canada geese, buffleheads, goldeneyes, mergansers, mallards, teal, wigeons, pintails, and pelicans.

 
Friends of Pomona State Park
Friends Hwy. Cleanup

The Friends of Pomona State Park is an active group of individuals that provide activities and events throughout the summer, with any donations and proceeds going to playground equipment additions in the park. Some of the events held in 2018 were: They held their Annual Biscuit & Gravy Feed, Sponsor of Litter Control on Highway 368, Kids Fishing Derby, Fireworks on 4th of July, Craft Festival, live bands along with a horseshoe tournament, to name a few. Contact the park office if you wish to become a member or contribute a donation towards improvement in the park.

 The Friends of Pomona State Park held an Annual Kid's Fishing Derby on June 02nd. There were aproximately 70 kids in attendance. Several fish were caught and prizes were awarded.

Kids Fishing Derby

Kids fishing derby. First weekend of June.

 

If you are not already a member of Friends of Pomona State Park - Call the office today for more information!

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Friends Fishing Derby 2010

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General Information
Phone:
Email:
Address:
22900 S. Highway 368
 
Vassar, KS    66543
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Office Hours:
Monday -Friday 8 am - 4pm Saturday 8am - 3pm Closed Sunday

Pomona SP (PDF 217.65 kB)

Park Office – (785) 828-4933

Regional Office – (785) 273-6740


History

Pomona State Park came into existence by a lease agreement through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers upon completion of construction of the dam in 1963. Pomona Lake controls watershed runoff from over a 322 square mile area. Controlled releases are made into 110-Mile Creek, which flows into the Marais des Cygnes, Osage and Missouri Rivers. This lake is operated in conjunction with other U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects, which Congress authorized to be build for flood control in the Missouri and Mississippi River basins.

Pomona Areas
Burning Heart Campground

Kansa Campground
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: No
  • Reservable Sites: Yes
  • Primitive Camping: 60
  • Water, Sewer, Electric: 8
  • Water, Electric: 19
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Waucondah Campground
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: No
  • Reservable Sites: No
  • Primitive Camping: 30
  • Water, Electric: 10
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Evening Star Campground

Heart Stays Campground

Big Bear Campground

Osage Campground

Red Oak Campground

Four Winds Campground

Bunkers Cove

Cedar Wind Campground
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: No
  • Reservable Sites: No
  • Primitive Camping: 10
  • Water, Electric: 20
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White Feather Campground



Pomona Trails
Rising Sun Trail
  • Trail Season: Year-around
  • Length of Trail: 0.5 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Mt. Biking
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: N38 39.118 W95 34.882
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    Rising Sun Trail is located in the AH KE TA picnic area. It is the park's shortest trail.


Hedge-Wood Trail
  • Trail Season: Year-around
  • Length of Trail: 1.10000002384186 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Mt. Biking
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • This trail is ADA accessible
  • Location of Start: N38 39.158 W95 36.028
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    Hedge-Wood is located at the park entrance. This trail is the park's longest trail and is ADA accessible.


Buckbrush Trail
  • Trail Season: Year-around
  • Length of Trail: 0.800000011920929 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: N38 39.374 W95 36.237
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    Buck Brush Trail is located next to Burning Heart Campground.


Pomona Cabins

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

Reserve Now

Pomona State Park offers four ADA Accessible modern cabins available for reservation year-round, offering a variety of comfortable accommodations and a great view of Pomona Lake. The cabins provide many modern conveniences including a bedroom, kitchen, restroom with shower, heating and air conditioning.

Looking for a scenic location to hold a family reunion or business retreat inquire about pairing the cabins with the Southwind Shelterhouse located a short distance from the cabins offering heat and air conditioning, indoor restrooms, kitchen facility, and seating for 128 people.

The one bedroom cabins are:

  • Tonkawa
  • Lakota

The two bedroom cabins are:

  • Dragoon
  • Santa Fe

These are housekeeping cabins – so please clean before check out and leave them as you found them for the next visitor.

Cabin renters shall be responsible for full payment of any damages incurred during the length of stay. Damages will be billed to the credit card or Paypal account used to make the reservation or a bill will be sent to the renter.

Damages or failure to clean the cabins after use may result in denial of future reservations.

Peak Season (April – September)

Off Peak Season (October – March)

Dragoon Cabin
  • Type of Cabin: Modern Cabin
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • This Facility is Reservable. Check availability and reserve Dragoon Cabin
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    Cabin amenities include:

    • One full size bed, one full size futon, one couch, two sets of bunk beds
    • Bathroom with walk in shower
    • Full size refrigerator
    • Microwave
    • Toaster
    • Coffee Pot
    • Can opener
    • Basic cooking utensils and place setting for 9
    • Skillet, pots and pans
    • Table with bench and two chairs
    • Alarm clock/Radio
    • Weather Radio

    Exterior amenities include:

    • Deck and concrete patio
    • Covered charcoal grill
    • Fire ring
    • Picnic tables

    Items guest must provide:

    • Bedding for two full size and five twin size - Beds fitted with mattress covers only.
    • Towels and other linens
    • Personal hygiene items
    • Charcoal and lighter fluid for outside grill
    • Firewood
    • Television, internet and phone services not provided.

Santa Fe Cabin
  • Type of Cabin: Modern Cabin
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • This Facility is Reservable. Check availability and reserve Santa Fe Cabin
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    Cabin amenities include:

    • One full size bed, one full size futon, one couch, two sets of bunk beds
    • Bathroom with walk in shower
    • Full size refrigerator
    • Microwave
    • Toaster
    • Coffee pot
    • Can opener
    • Basic cooking utensils and place setting for nine
    • Skillet, pots and pans
    • Table with bench and two chairs
    • Alarm clock/radio
    • Weather radio

    Exterior amenities include:

    • Deck and concrete patio
    • Covered charcoal grill
    • Fire ring
    • Picnic tables

    Items guest must provide:

    • Bedding for two full size and five twin size - Beds fitted with mattress covers only.
    • Towels and other items
    • Personal hygiene items
    • Charcoal and lighter fluid for outside grill
    • Firewood
    • Television, internet and phone services are not provided.

Lakota (East Cabin)
  • Type of Cabin: Modern Cabin
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N38 39.606 W095 35.775
  • This Facility is Reservable. Check availability and reserve Lakota (East Cabin)
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    Cabin amenities include:

    • One full size bed, one full size futon, one couch, and one twin Murphy style bed
    • Bathroom with walk in shower
    • Kitchen with oven and cook top
    • Full size refrigerator
    • Microwave
    • Toaster
    • Coffee pot
    • Can opener
    • Basic cooking utensils and place setting for six
    • Skillet, pots and pans
    • Table with bench and two chairs
    • Alarm clock / Radio

    Exterior amenities include:

    • Deck and concrete patio
    • Covered charcoal grill
    • Fire ring
    • Picnic tables

    Items guests must provide:

    • Bedding for two full size and two twin size – Beds fitted with mattress covers only.
    • Towels and other linens
    • Personal hygiene items
    • Charcoal and lighter fluid for outside grill
    • Firewood
    • Television, internet, and phone services are not provided

Tonkawa (West Cabin)
  • Type of Cabin: Modern Cabin
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N38 39.603 W095 35.805
  • This Facility is Reservable. Check availability and reserve Tonkawa (West Cabin)
  • Click for more information

    Cabin amenities include:

    • One full size bed, one full size futon, one couch, and one twin Murphy style bed
    • Bathroom with walk in shower
    • Kitchen with oven and cook top
    • Full size refrigerator
    • Microwave
    • Toaster
    • Coffee pot
    • Can opener
    • Basic cooking utensils and place setting for six
    • Skillet, pots and pans
    • Table with bench and two chairs
    • Alarm clock / Radio

    Exterior amenities include:

    • Deck and concrete patio
    • Covered charcoal grill
    • Fire ring
    • Picnic tables

    Items guests must provide:

    • Bedding for two full size and two twin size – Beds fitted with mattress covers only.
    • Towels and other linens
    • Personal hygiene items
    • Charcoal and lighter fluid for outside grill
    • Firewood
    • Television, internet, and phone services are not provided

Email Pomona

This form allows you to email Pomona 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

Pomona Lake impounds Dragoon and 110 Mile Creeks, just a few miles above their confluence with the Marais des Cygnes River. Here, in the Osage Cuestas, the tallgrass prairie adjoins valleys of black and chinquapin oak, and shagbark and bitternut hickory.

To become familiar with area plants and animals, walk Witches' Broom Nature Trail in the Army Corps of Engineers park and the Ah-Ke-Ta trail in the state park.  Blackhawk Trail, on the north side of the lake on Corps property, provides an opportunity for a long hike as it wanders through the woodlands lining 110 Mile Cove.  Cottonwood, hackberry, and American elm are common in the riparian timber. Thickets of aromatic sumac, smooth sumac, and rough-leaved dogwood provide good cover for many species of wildlife. More than 4,000 acres are managed for wildlife. Plantings for food and cover include native grasses, alternating weed strips, and standing crops.

Spend some time at the state park office viewing the bird feeder through the big window. Bird visitors include red-bellied woodpeckers, white-breasted nuthatches, black-capped chickadees, purple finches, and Carolina wrens. In winter you can see bald eagles perched on tall lakeshore trees and rough-legged hawks over the prairie. Throughout migrations you can expect to see snow and Canada geese, buffleheads, goldeneyes, mergansers, mallards, teal, wigeons, pintails, and pelicans. In the mudflats there are killdeer, dowitchers, and yellowlegs. Watch the woodlands for squirrels along with warbIers, vireos, and buntings. White-tailed deer, eastern cottontails, eastern woodrats, raccoons, opossums, bobcats, and coyotes are also present.