State Park Alerts

State park vehicle permits, annual camping permits and 14-day camping permits for the 2023 season will go on sale beginning December 13, 2022.

Campsite reservations for the 2023 season can be made beginning at noon on December 15, 2022.

  • MINIMUM STAY NOTICE: A four-night stay will be required for camping reservations during Memorial Day weekend, and three-night stays will be required for camping reservations during the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends.

2024 Reservations go on sale December 8, 2023, at 12 p.m. (NOON) CST.

PLEASE USE THE ENTRANCE ON HIGHWAY 147 TO ENTER/EXIT THE PARK!  LOCATED JUST 13 MILES SOUTH OF I-70 (N 38° 48.741, W 99°43.610) Google Maps and other mapping software will sometimes route people to the wrong location! 

For more information click, Cedar Bluff State Park


2024 Reservations go on sale December 8, 2023, at 12 p.m. (NOON) CST.

For more information click, Cheney State Park


2024 Reservations go on sale December 15, 2023, at 12 p.m. (NOON) CST.

Water is scheduled to be turned off on Thursday 10/26/2023 and completed Friday 10/27/2023. This includes day use facilities, bathrooms, non-heated shower houses, the fish cleaning station, and campsites. Campsites with frost free hydrants below the frost line will remain on. If you are using a frost free hydrant, it is your responsibility to turn that hydrant to the off position after use to ensure it does not freeze and break. 

For more information click, Clinton State Park


2024 Reservations go on sale December 15, 2023, at 12 p.m. (NOON) CST.

For more information click, Crawford State Park


2024 Reservations go on sale December 15, 2023, at 12 p.m. (NOON) CST.

For more information click, Cross Timbers State Park


2024 Reservations go on sale December 15, 2023, at 12 p.m. (NOON) CST.

For more information click, Eisenhower State Park


2024 Reservations go on sale December 15, 2023, at 12 p.m. (NOON) CST.

For more information click, El Dorado State Park


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For more information click, Elk City State Park


2024 Reservations go on sale December 15, 2023, at 12 p.m. (NOON) CST.

For more information click, Fall River State Park


Restrooms at Pomona, Miller, Admire, and Bushong trailhead are now open.  A working water fountain is available at Bushong during warmer months, but must be shut off when cold weather arrives.  Please always be aware of changing trail conditions due to weather such as cracks in the trail surface or obstacles such as fallen trees.

For more information click, Flint Hills Trail State Park


2024 Reservations go on sale December 15, 2023, at 12 p.m. (NOON) CST.

For more information click, Glen Elder State Park


GREEN RECREATIONAL TRAIL WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO DRIVE-IN TRAFFIC DUE TO CONSTRUCTION.  Green Recreational Trail Winter Hours - the trail will be closing before dark during winter hours. Hours may vary at times.  

For more information click, Green Recreational Trail State Park


2024 Reservations go on sale December 15, 2023, at 12 p.m. (NOON) CST.

For more information click, Hillsdale State Park


2024 Reservations go on sale December 15, 2023, at 12 p.m. (NOON) CST.

For more information click, Historic Lake Scott State Park


2024 Reservations go on sale December 8, 2023, at 12 p.m. (NOON) CST.

For more information click, Kanopolis State Park


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For more information click, Kaw River State Park


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For more information click, Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park


The Lovewell State Park Office is open 8am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday; Closed Saturday/Sunday. Office will be closed Monday January 15th in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr Holiday. You can also utilize the new CampItKS app,  reserveamerica.com and campitks.com for online purchases. Self Pay Station and Kiosk are available for walk-in campsites and daily vehicle permits.

THE WARNING FOR LOVEWELL RESERVOIR HAS BEEN LIFTED FOR HARMFUL ALGAE BLOOMS, HOWEVER POCKETS OF ALGAE BLOOM STILL REMAIN. CONTACT WITH THE DRIED ALGAE AND POCKETS OF VISIBLE ALGAE BLOOM AREAS IS NOT RECOMMENDED AND SHOULD BE AVOIDED, ESPECIALLY FOR DOGS.

As of 1-10-24, Lovewell Reservoir is 2.4 ft below conservation pool. Boat Ramps are iced in, however there is not sufficient ice for ice fishing at this time. 

For more information click, Lovewell State Park


 Updated 01/17/2024

NOTICE OF ADDRESS CHANGE EFFECTIVE JAN. 30, 2024: The official address for Meade State Park is now 12165 South V Road, Meade, KS 67864. This is the physical location of the park office. 

 

FACILITY UPDATE: Water and electric remain ON to Cedar, Sagebrush and Cottonwood Campgrounds. The shower house/bathroom facility connected to the park office on the south side of the lake is open and available for use 365/24/7. The east vault toilet located near the boat ramp is open and available for use 365/24/7.

FACILITY CLOSURE: The north shower house located between Cedar and Lakeview campgrounds is CLOSED for the season. Water and electric service have been TURNED OFF to Lakeview campground only and will remain off until April 1, 2024. Primitive camping is still allowed.

RESERVATIONS: All sites in the park (primitive and utility) will be available on a first-come, first-served basis ONLY from now until March 31, 2024. Reservations starting April 1, 2024 - Oct. 31, 2024 can be made TODAY for utility campsites by calling the office or making reservations through CampItKS.com.

For more information click, Meade State Park


Update 02/27/24 - The state park is open. The lake is 2.73ft below conservation pool level.

Please visit https://www.kdhe.ks.gov/777/Harmful-Algal-Blooms for blue-green algae bloom information.

State Park Area Closures: Walnut Grove Boat Ramp (Low water level) & Marina Boat Ramp (FEMA Flood Repairs)

Camp Site Alert: Campsites 201, 202, 206, 207, 209, 210, 218, 220, 401, 403, 405, 407, 409, 411, 413, 415, and 417 are back-in campsites with the hookups on the passenger side (opposite of typical back-in campsites). Longer cord and hose may be needed. 

For more information click, Milford State Park


No alerts at this time.

For more information click, Mushroom Rock State Park


2/21/2024

Vehicle permits are required for each motorized vehicle.  Use the self-pay stations if office is closed and no one is at the Gate House.

The park is open year-round.  Nov 1, 2023, TO March 31, 2023, ALL available sites will be first come first serve.  All fees still apply accordingly. Please refer to KIOSK's when the office is closed. If you are considering staying for more than 2 nights, please contact the office during business hours, otherwise please utilize the self-pay Kiosks.

  • Eagle Landing Campground has electricity but no water.
  • Cougar Pass Campground has both electricity and water. The hydrants are frost free, after filling tank, you must always disconnect from the hydrant.
  • Lake View    Campground has both electricity and water. The hydrants are frost free, after filling tank, you must always disconnect from the hydrant.
  • Cottonwood Bridge Campground has electricity but no water.
  • Entrance Dump Station and the Lake View Dump station is open, but the water is off.

NOTE:  There is a frost-free spigot on/near the Lake View Boat Ramp, south end near the vault toilet that will remain open for water access. 

Primitive Campgrounds (no utilities)

  • Mulberry Grove
  • Catfish Alley
  • Hideaway
  • Pelican Point: Walk in camping only.  Please do not drive around the barricades. 
  • Hobie Cove: Individual camp sites are established 1-30. Only three camp units will be permitted per camp site for a family or group. The post number indicates the middle of the site. Appropriate fees will apply to each of the camp units.  

What is closed:

  • Lake View Bath/shower house
  • Turkey Run Campground and Bathhouse- construction for new cabins.
  • Hobie Cove Bathhouse 
  • Eagle Landing Bath/shower House
  • Wild Horse Bath/Shower House

Vehicle permits are required for each motorized vehicle.

2024 Camping Reservations can be made for utility areas Lake View, Eagle Landing, Cottonwood Bridge and Cougar Pass through CampItKS.com, reserveamerica or by calling the Park Office.  Non-utility areas (primitive camping) are all FIRST come FIRST serve-no reservations.

New for 2024 ...New business rules as follows:

1. All platforms. Implement a 'CHANGE FEE'. $5.00 fee. Applies to any reschedule or date change campsite/cabin reservation, and/or shortened stay. Does not apply to transfer same facility of campsite/cabin, unless a shortened stay.  

2. All platforms. Campsite cancellation/no show 0-2 days prior to arrival date results is no refund. Campsite cancellation 3-14 days prior to arrival date results in loss of reservation fee, 1 night stay fees, and implement a $5 cancellation fee. Campsite cancellations 15+ days prior to arrival date results in loss of reservation fee + $5 cancellation fee.

3. All platforms. Cabin cancellation/no show 0-4 days prior to arrival date results is no refund. Cabin cancellation 5-29 days prior to arrival date results in loss of reservation fee, 1 night stay fees, and implement a $5 cancellation fee. Cabin cancellations 30+ days prior to arrival date results in loss of reservation fee + $5 cancellation fee.

Reminder: Reservations are not to be sold on Buy Sell Trade or Facebook Sites

NOTICE TO HORSE CAMPERSYou must have a HORSE ON SITE TO CAMP AT WILD HORSE EQUESTRIAN CAMPGROUND.  STARTING NOV 1, 2023, all sites will be first come first serve until March 31, 2024. You will need to call the office for reservations for the prime season (April 1 thru October 31).

NOTICE FOR BOAT OWNERS All Boats: New Registrations, Renewals and Transfers. PLEASE READ INSTRUSTIONS BELOW OR AT THIS SITE: https://ksoutdoors.com/Boating/Registering-Your-Boat.

  1. Your registrations can be done here at Perry State Park. Monday - Friday 8:00 -3:30 Only. No boat registrations can be done on the weekend.
  2. YOU must have all paperwork done ahead of time. Copies cannot be done here.  
  3. Kansas Requires a bill of sale. A copy of the appropriate bill of sale form is on this website. 
  4. You will need to provide our office A PRINTED picture of the HULL ID - if you can't print a picture, we can take a readable etching of the HULL ID Number that is associated with your vessel. (The Hull ID is located on the back of the transom, and it is 12 digits long)
  5. There is a form to fill out. This form is under -how to register your boat, "the Application for Certificate of Number Kansas Boating" -- open the + Registration and Renewal Forms.
  6. All new boats, out of state boats, and transfers of boats will need to fill out this form. It must be signed and filled out completely.
  7. If you bought the boat from a dealer in state or out of state, YOU MUST SETTLE YOUR SALES TAX FIRST with your County, so you will need to provide us a copy of payment of sales tax from your county before you can register the vessel.

HUNTING SEASON----Remember Horse Trails and Bike Trails can cross over into CORP OF ENGINEERS LAND and there might be some walk-in hunting during the various hunting seasons on their property. Please use caution and wear brightly colored clothing (preferably ORANGE) when using all trails. 

COVID 19 and its variants can still be a concern we still ask that all visitors continue to practice social distancing and wear a mask, especially indoors and in large crowds.  Maintain a safe space between yourself and others... Be aware of surfaces that are touched regularly, and remember they are only as clean or sanitized as the last person to use it.  Wash your hands with soap and water and use alcohol base sanitizer after touching these surfaces (bathroom door handles, self-pay station, etc.).

For more information click, Perry State Park


2024 Reservations go on sale December 8, 2023, at 12 p.m. (NOON) CST.

For more information click, Pomona State Park


11-22-23

Campsites can be reserved at Prairie Dog State Park for 2024, starting at noon on December 8th; if you are ready to reserve a campsite with an arrival date on or after April 1 of 2024, you can make that reservation for a campsite starting at noon on Dec. 8th; if you want to reserve a campsite for 2024 at any other Kansas State Park, you can contact that State Park office to learn when their campsites are available for reservations. On Dec. 8th at noon, you can click the "Make a Reservation!" button above, go to campitks.com, reserveamerica.com, or call our park office at 785-877-2953. 

2024 Annual Camp Permit, Annual Vehicle Permit, and 14-Night Camp Permit go on sale on December 1st; the Annual Camp Permit gets you a $10 discount for each night of camping in 2024 at any KS State Park; the Annual Vehicle Permit allows you to enter any KS State Park until Dec. 31 of 2024; the 14-Night Camp Permit gets you a $10 discount for each night of camping for a total of 14 nights, which can be spread out over more than one camping stay and in one or more KS State Parks. 

New for 2024 ... for cabins and campsites, there is a $5 fee to cancel a reservation. The $5 fee is in addition to the existing refund policy, based on how many days there are, between the cancellation request and the arrival date for the reservation. Call the office for more information.

New for 2024 ... for a date change on an existing reservation for a cabin or campsite, there is a $5 date change fee.  

Water has been turned off to the entire park; there is no water available for any facilities that use water, including the shower houses, campsites, fish cleaning station, dump stations, and primitive cabins. The two modern cabins are on their own water well, so they do have water year-round. Water is available from frost-free hydrants in Norton at the park that is under the water tower, on hwy 36.

Winter Office hours:  we are open on Monday - Friday 8am - 4pm and will be closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Interested in the water level at Keith Sebelius Reservoir?  You can look at www.usbr.gov/gp-bin/arcweb_ksks.pl to see our "pool elevation" which is the water level. You can also find other information, and you can run a report at the bottom of that webpage for one month or for one year. The report will show things such as inflow, water level, precipitation, and more.

Want to reserve a campsite or cabin?  All utility campsites are reservable, as well as most of our mushroom shelters (M2, M3, M5-M10), and M4 is walk-in only. During non-prime season, which is now until March 31, no need to reserve a site. After March 31, if the current time is before noon, you can reserve a campsite 1 day in advance. If the current time is after 12 noon, you can reserve 2 days in advance. Cabins are reservable from 2 days in advance up, to 364 days in advance.

No burn ban. Campfires are allowed.   

Websites:  campitks.com is for camping, cabins, and vehicle permits; gooutdoorskansas.com is for boating, fishing and hunting. Look for the apps for your smart phone for these websites also.

Fishing bait is available in Norton. T & D Bait Shop is operated at a house 1 block east of the Post Office, and 1/2 block south. Worms are for sale at the Alta convenience store and at Bomgaars.

Click on the News icon above to see our "Did You Know" information.

Questions about fees for camping and for vehicles in the park?  https://ksoutdoors.com/State-Parks/Park-Fees

When you register a boat, you must provide something showing the hull ID: title, bill of sale, a picture on your phone, etc. If your newly acquired boat was built before 1980, chances are that it does not have a Hull ID. Also bring a bill of sale, showing the seller and buyer's names, the date of purchase, price, make and model of boat, etc.

Firewood.... Bring firewood with you if you can. In Norton, Bomgaars and Casey's, both on hwy 36, sometimes sell bundles of firewood. After May 1, there may be firewood for sale in the park.

For more information click, Prairie Dog State Park


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For more information click, Prairie Spirit Trail State Park


2024 Reservations go on sale December 8, 2023, at 12 p.m. (NOON) CST.

For more information click, Sand Hills State Park


2024 Reservations go on sale December 8, 2023, at 12 p.m. (NOON) CST.

In the event of needing assistance with an issue when the office is closed during the week or weekend, please find a CAMPHOST in the park. Our camp-host for River Pond Area are located right by the east gatehouse as you come in by the archery range or right by the camp store. Our camp-host for the Rocky Ford area are located right across from site 119 and the trail head. Our camp-host for Cedar Ridge area are located in front of the cabins and next to the swing set. Our camp-host for Fancy Creek are located right next to the vault bathroom by Hidden Hallow Loop Campground. Our camp-host for South Randolph are located next to site 211 and across from the shower building. Our camp-host will be able to answer any of your questions or get in contact with a maintenance personal or Park Ranger to handle any issues. In the event of an emergency, call 911. 

For more information click, Tuttle Creek State Park


2024 Reservations go on sale December 8, 2023, at 12 p.m. (NOON) CST.

OFFICE HOURS 
Monday - Friday        8 am to 4 pm
The office will be closed Wednesday, Nov 22 through Nov 26 

FREE Vehicle entrance on Nov 24.  Come out and enjoy the day at Webster State Park.

As of 11/21/2023:

Townsite Shower House CLOSED
Rock Point Shower House CLOSED
Fish Cleaning Station CLOSED
Old Marina Shower House OPEN until Mid December
Water is ON at Rock Point, Eagles Landing, and Old Marina 21-42 only campsites.
Lake View sites 69-75 are closed due to being in the refuge area.

For more information click, Webster State Park


2024 Reservations go on sale December 15, 2023, at 12 p.m. (NOON) CST

2024 reservations for Wilson will go live Friday, December 15th at noon. Annual vehicle and camping permits will be available for purchase December 1, 2023. Seasonal campsites in Dropseed will be available by lottery drawing held Monday, December 11, 2023 at 9:00 AM at the park office.

Reminder: Reservations are not to be sold on Buy Sell Trade or Facebook Sites. If you can not occupy your site please contact the park office. 785-658-2465.

Switchgrass bathroom/shower facility & Big Bluestem bathroom/shower house are open year round in Hell Creek and Yarrow and Coneflower bathroom/shower houses in Otoe are open year round.

Campgrounds with water available year round are: Big Bluestem, Foxtail, Lovegrass and Wheatgrass in the Hell Creek Area and Goldenrod in the Otoe Area.

Lovegrass Group Camp Area is available with online reservations. Annual Camp and 14 Night permits will not be valid when doing reservations in the Lovegrass Croup Camp area.

New Business Rules

Implement a CHANGE FEE $5 fee. Applies to any reschedule or date change campsite/cabin reservation, and/or shortened stay. Does not apply to transfer same facility of campsite/cabin, unless a shortened stay.

Campsite cancellation/no show 0-2 days prior to arrival date results is no refund. Campsite cancellation 3-14 days prior to arrival date results in loss of reservations fee, 1 night stay fees, and implement a $5 cancellation fee. Campsite cancellations 15+ days prior to arrival date results in loss of reservation fee + $5 cancellation fee.

Cabin cancellation/no show 0-4 days prior to arrival date results is no refund. Cabin cancellation 5-29 days prior to arrival date results in loss of reservation fee, 1 night stay fees, and implement a $5 cancellation fee. Cabin cancellations 30+ days prior to arrival date results in loss of reservation fee + $5 cancellation fee.

For more information click, Wilson State Park