Prairie Dog State Park News


Plan ahead if you want to reserve a campsite or cabin. Utility sites are reservable, and mushroom shelters (M#) are too.  If you want one in 2021, reserve as far in advance as you can. All reservable sites will become walk-in on November 1. Around December 15, you can start reserving utility sites for 2022. Cabins can be reserved as far as 364 days in advance. Note that you cannot reserve a campsite same day, whether by phone or on the website. If it is before noon, you can reserve 1 day in advance; if it is after noon, you can reserve 2 days in advance. For cabins, you can reserve 2 days in advance.

Campfires are allowed in the park.  The is no burn ban for Norton County. 

Kayaks and paddle boards are in the plans as rentals this summer!  We plan to have at least 3 kayaks and at least 2 paddle boards for rent this summer, as well as the same paddle (pedal?) boats that were for rent last year. Prices have been reduced! They are $10 per hour or $50 for 24 hours. 

We are in the process of upgrading the electric-only portion of the Prairie Dog campground to water and 50-amp electric. We are hoping to have those ten sites ready for spring 2022. The sites will be spread out on three sides of that loop.


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 anyone else, resident or non-resident. The selfpay 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, 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 Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

   ** 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, and you need a replacement, it is $12.50 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, where nearly all Licenses and Permits can also be purchased.

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.

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.