Prairie Dog State Park News

We are in a blue-green algae watch.  There are no restrictions, just watch out for areas that look like green paint on the surface. Don't wade, swim or water ski in these areas. Wash your skin and pets with clean water if you make contact with lake water. 

Campfires are allowed in the park.  We finally got some rain in May.  

Reservations can be made for utility sites at Kansas State Parks. Here at Prairie Dog State Park, utility sites and mushroom sites are reservable. If the current time is before noon, you can reserve a campsite for tomorrow. Otherwise it's 2 days in advance. Primitive sites are walk-in and not reservable. All campsites are available year-round and electricity is always on.

Cabins can be reserved as far as 364 days in advance. For cabins, you can reserve a minimum of 2 days in advance.

Did you know ... 

  • A self-pay kiosk is available! It is located at the office, will accept credit cards only, and will allow the purchase of:
    • A daily vehicle permit
    • An annual vehicle permit (good until end of December)
    • Campsite fees, such as a camping permit, utilities fee, and prime fee
      • Using the self-pay table to pay for your campsite is suggested; currently it is difficult when using the kiosk, to know which fees apply to your desired campsite;
  • There are some new websites available for use: 
    • is for vehicle permits, reserving cabins and campsites; 
    • is for fishing licenses, boat registrations, and hunting licenses;
  • HAB stands for Harmful Algal Bloom, meaning that blue-green algae and/or its toxins have been detected in a water sample for the lake; 


Camping is available year-round in the park. As always, any vehicle that is driven within the park must have a vehicle permit. Kansas residents 65 and older, as well as disabled Kansas residents, can get a daily vehicle permit for $3.25. It is $5 for all others, resident or non-resident. The self-pay table is located next to the front door of the office, is always available, and takes check or cash.

Check in time and check out time for a campsite is 2 pm.  For cabins, check in is after 2 pm, and check out is before noon. 

More Information

Good news: all cabins and campsites are available year-round with electricity. Our newest campground, Cedar Ridge, has full hookups including sewer. Vault toilets are also available year-round.

Office hours are Monday to Saturday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, closed noon - 12:30PM. Sunday is 10AM to 4PM.

   ** A vehicle permit is required for all vehicles to enter the park. The daily permit is good until 2 pm the next day.**

   ** If you have purchased a Park Passport when you register your vehicle with your county in Kansas, and you need a replacement, it is $2.50 and can be purchased at any State Park office.  **

There is NO HUNTING ALLOWED in the State Park. Please feel free to contact the office with any questions.

Please click the Make a Reservation button above, or visit to make your campsite and cabin reservations online. For fishing licenses, boat registrations, and hunting licenses, go to

Prairie Dog State Park has four cabins available. Cabin reservations can be made for at least 2 days in advance. Call the office or reserve a cabin online. All cabins have heating and air conditioning, a refrigerator and a microwave. Bring your own sleeping items such as sheets, pillows, sleeping bags, and blankets.

Cedar Crest and Cottonwood are primitive cabins, and starting in late April, water is available from an outside faucet for these two cabins. These cabins sleep 8. When the water is turned off in mid- to late-October, these cabins do not have water.

Prairie Dog and Eagle View are modern cabins with running water year-round, fully stocked kitchen areas, and a big bathroom with a shower. These cabins sleep 5-6.

Cabin Renters: Please make sure to contact the park office at (785) 877-2953 within 48 hours of your arrival to obtain your key code. Reminder that you need to bring bed items, such as pillows, blankets, sheets, sleeping bags, etc.

Please remember to always wear your life jacket when you're on the water, it could save your life. 


Questions pertaining to the Norton Wildlife Area or hunting should be directed to Luke Winge, NORR Manager at (785) 877-2953.

Questions pertaining to fishing should be directed to Mark Shaw, Fisheries Biologist at (785) 425-6775.

Questions for a Conservation Officer should be directed to the Hays Regional Office at (785) 628-8614.

If you have questions pertaining to Prairie Dog State Park, call the Park office at (785) 877-2953.