State Park Alerts
3-20-20: The park is open. The Butterfield and Pronghorn bath-houses is open for public use.
At this time the Cedar Bluff Office will be closed to public access. Staff will be located in the office and available by phone. We do encourage everyone to use the HuntFish KS and Campit KS apps to purchase all your privileges and reservations prior to visiting the park.
Due to the unstable structure of the 147 Hwy Bridge crossing Cedar Bluff Dam, Highway 147 will be closed from start of the dam to the north and right south of the bridge, the length of dam. The KDOT project is expected to start in early 2020 and will be replacing the bridge entirely. The current bridge has been there since the 1950s when the lake was built. There are county roads available for local traffic, but with the recent rains we encourage you to take the KDOT official detour. You can still get to the North Side Park from the North, and you can get to the South Side Park from the South by traveling 147 Hwy.
For more information click, Cedar Bluff State Park
Here is the YouTube link for our video introduction to our CampIt Ks app! https://youtu.be/oxfs2B5kdZU
There is also a HuntFish KS mobile app for both Android and Apple devices.
The Office is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Sunday at this time but please practice social distancing and please wear a mask for your own protection. We do not answer the phone during lunch from 12 to 12:30.
he Kansas Department of Health and Environment has upgraded the blue green algae Watch at Cheney State Park to a Warning. This means that the blue green algae is expected or present at the lake. KDHE warns that people and animals may get sick if exposed to the algae.
KDHE suggests no water contact, swimming or wading, no skiing or jet skiing and no pets in the water.
KDHE guidelines state:
- If people or pets have contact with the water that they wash with clean water afterwards.
- That they avoid areas of algae accumulation
- That people and pets do not eat the algae
- People and pets do not drink untreated water
- If catching fish make sure to clean them well and discard of the guts.
Because of this warning all designated swim beaches have been closed.
For more information on the warning and blue green algae visit KDHE’s website at kdheks.gov/algae-illness.
For more information click, Cheney State Park
6/8/2020: All facilities at Clinton State Park are open.
For more information click, Clinton State Park
7-20-2020: The entire park is open. The beach area is open, we are asking that everyone please be respectful of social distancing. We've been experiencing a busier season than normal. As such, we ask that park patrons please contact the office or go online to check availability or make a reservation before coming out to camp. We appreciate your patience during this time, and hope that everyone can enjoy the great outdoors safely.
For more information click, Crawford State Park
Celebrating Independence Day with Toronto Days - July 3-5, 2020. The park will host the Woodson County/Toronto Booster Club Fireworks display July 4th at dusk in Toronto Point. The state park reminds guests to please practice social distancing during this event.
All shower houses in Toronto Point Area and Blackjack Campground are open.
Vault toilets available in Mann's Cove, Blackjack, and Toronto Point.
Playgrounds are open, please practice social distancing.
For more information click, Cross Timbers State Park
All areas of the park are now open!
For more information click, Elk City State Park
June 26, 2020
The beach in Quarry Bay & playgrounds are now open, please practice social distancing using these facilities.
The Fredonia Bay and Quarry Bay bathhouses are open.
Vault toilets in Quarry Bay, South Rock Ridge and Casner Creek Areas are also available.
Water is on to all campsites in Fredonia Bay and Casner Creek Campgrounds, the dump station is open.
For more information click, Fall River State Park
Green Recreational Trail is closed until further notice due to severe damage from the 2018 Labor Day flood
For more information click, Green Recreational Trail State Park
No alerts at this time.
For more information click, Historic Lake Scott State Park
August 5, 2020
ALL TRAILS at Kanopolis State Park are NOW OPEN.. PLEASE STAY ON THE MARKED TRAILS. Again, please stay on marked trails - following false trails will cause damage and create more work and could cause trails to be CLOSED AGAIN. Some areas have had reroutes done, please follow the new reroutes - DON'T cut switchbacks! Enjoy and be safe.
The Kanopolis State Park is open.
Park Office will be staffed 8AM-4PM, Sunday-Thursday, 8AM-7:30PM, Friday & Saturday, for phone calls and to assist with general park questions and help with purchasing permits. . Utilizing social distancing will be done as a drive through concept that we will exchange items through the front door or window to help keep everyone safe.
The South Shore / Langley Point Swimming Beach is open.
Rockin'K Benefit Rides announced: Winter Breeze - September 19-20 (will ride on Sept. 19 and again on Sept. 20 if there is interest). Please call 785-546-2565 to make your site reservations.
The Cottonwood campground, Eagle Point 1&2, Rockin'K 1&2, and select primitive spots are RESERVABLE this year.
Primitive spots: Buzzard Bay(Horsethief Area) - 033-034, Rockwall (Horsethief Area) - 045-053 and Little Bluestem (Langley Pt/South Shore area)- 001-005 are RESERVABLE this year.
The Cottonwood Showerhouse is open year-around.
We have plenty of primitive camping available. The Sandplum campground remains closed for repair.
The South Shore boat ramp and courtesy dock are open. The Buzzard Bay boat ramp is open but does not have a courtesy dock.
The South Shore fish cleaning station is open and all trailer dump stations are open. The Buzzard Bay fish cleaning station is closed.
For more information click, Kanopolis State Park
No alerts at this time.
For more information click, Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park
As of 8-6-20 Lovewell Reservoir has been placed BACK into a WARNING status for harmful blue-green algae! Direct contact with water affected by the bloom is discouraged, and persons and pets should avoid areas of algae accumulation. The swimming beach has been closed. Fishing is safe, but clean the fish well and keep only the fillets. If you choose to cancel any reservations, please do so through the state park office directly, to receive the proper refund.
With regard to the Governor's Executive Order for mask-wearing: since the Kansas State Parks environment already lends itself well to social distancing, the wearing of masks is still optional in all areas of Lovewell State Park. ALL VISITORS SHOULD CONTINUE TO OBSERVE 6 FT OF SOCIAL DISTANCING IN ALL AREAS OF THE PARK.
The Fireworks Display originally scheduled for Friday evening July 3rd had been moved to Saturday, September 5th, which is Labor Day Weekend.
The Lovewell State Park Office is open summer hours of 8am to 6pm Saturday thru Thursday, and Friday until 8:30pm. You can also utilize the new CampItKS app, HuntFishKS app, reserveamerica.com and kshuntfishcamp.com for online purchases.
The Lovewell Marina and Grill is open 7am to 7pm daily (9pm on Friday/Saturday) with supplies, bait and dine in and carry-out food orders.
As of 08-6-20, Lovewell Reservoir is 2.5 feet above conservation pool.
For more information click, Lovewell State Park
THE PARK IS OPEN TO ALL OUTDOOR RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES
ALL THE PLAYGROUNDS ARE NOW CLOSED
We are closely monitoring the situation involving the COVID-19 virus.
All events from now through the end of June have been cancelled or postponed. This includes the movie night on May 2nd and OK Kids Day. We do not want to cancel events, but the health of our public must remain our top priority. The CDC and KDHE continue to encourage social distancing in order to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Holding events where families will come in close contact with one another presents a high risk of spreading the virus.
UPDATED OPERATIONS INFORMATION 5/28/2020: THE OFFICE IS NOW OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Our summer hours are Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday-Sunday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please be patient and practice social distancing between yourself and other customers while waiting for assistance. We also ask that you limit the number of people you bring into the office with you.
Stay tuned to our Facebook page at facebook.com/MeadeStatePark for the most up to date information. You may also call the park office at (620) 873-2572.
For more information click, Meade State Park
Annual Vehicle permits, fishing licenses, and hunting licenses can be purchased at www.kshuntfishcamp.com. If you are wanting to make reservations for campsites and cabins, you can do so through our Campit KS app or at www.reserveamerica.com.
We ask that visitors wear a mask if coming in to the office building and practice social distancing as much as possible while enjoying our facilities. Maintain space between yourself and other park users and be aware of surfaces that are touched regularly (self-pay station, bathroom door handles, etc) and wash your hands or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer after touching them.
Blue Green Algae Status 7-30-20: Milford Lake Zone A is at a WATCH status (the State Park is in Zone A). Milford Lake Zone B and C are in a WARNING status for blue green algae.
A WARNING status means harmful algae is EXPECTED OR PRESENT.
A WATCH status means harmful algae is POSSIBLE AND MAY BE PRESENT.
For more information on blue green algae, please visit https://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/
Open Facilities - Eagle Ridge, Hickory Hollow, Woodland Hills, Prairie View, Walnut Grove, Sunset Ridge, and Rusty Windmill campgrounds. Eight cabins. Vault toilets. Woodland Hills, Walnut Grove, and Prairie View shower houses. Eagle Ridge restroom. Marina fish cleaning station. All boat ramps. Prairie View campground is now reservable.
Closed Facilities - Cedar Point all facilities (closed for construction). Honey Locust and Red Cedar Cabins. South Boat Ramp fish cleaning station.
For more information, contact Milford State Park at (785) 238-3014 or visit the park Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MilfordStatePark.
For more information click, Milford State Park
No alerts at this time.
For more information click, Mushroom Rock State Park
Due to the recent rains and the high lake level the courtesy dock at the Lake View Boat Ramp has been pulled. Most of the beach is currently under water.
All vehicles that enter Perry State Park must have a vehicle permit. Beach Rules are posted please observe and obey all rules. No Kayaks, paddleboards, etc. are allowed in the beach area. Large Social groups are strongly discouraged. We ask that all visitors practice social distancing. Maintain a safe space between yourself and others.
The Park is open, and all fees still apply. Unfortunately, in order to maintain a safe distance for our employees and customers Perry State Park Office is still closed to the Public. Our office is too small to social distance effectively. Park Office will be staffed 9AM-4Pm Monday-Friday for phone calls to assist with general questions and help with purchasing of permits and reservations over the phone only. If you come to the office Please do not come inside, please call from your car and we can assist you over the phone. Most permits can be done online. We encourage our patrons to utilize the self-pay kiosk for single day vehicle passes, $5.00 per vehicle/per day. You must use exact cash at the KIOSK(s) at this time. Please if you are wanting to pay for permits, campsites, etc. with cash we ask that you have the exact amount and preferably put the money in an envelope.
Wild Horse Campground Area: Wild Horse campground sites are limited to Equine campers only. You must have a horse at the site to camp. Please call the office for reservations. This will help ensure that only equestrian campers are camping at the Wild Horse Equestrian Campground. You must have a horse at the site to camp at this campground. We have corrals at all the utility sites.
Wild Horse Equestrian: You must have a horse on site to camp. The bath house is open but may be closed when there is no activity up at the campground. When the weather changes and there is lots of precipitation "Do not ride on the muddy trails. If you leave tracks turn back" Please call the office if you have questions or concerns. Hickory Acres Horse Trials are closed due to the damage from the flooding last year. Please stay off Hickory Acres. Please do not make new trails. The most current trail maps are located on Let's Ride-- Perry Lake Facebook under files. Please to ensure that equestrian campers are camping in the Wild Horse Campground. Please call the office for reservations 785-246-3449. Online it may look like the campground is full, but we might have openings. All reservations must be done by noon, the day before arrival. After 12 pm if the site is still open it then becomes first come first serve for that specific night.
BOAT Registrations Monday - Friday 9:00 am to 3:30 pm ONLY
All Boats New Registrations, Renewals and Transfers can be done from our parking lot over the phone. Call when you get to the parking lot----YOU must have all paperwork done ahead of time. This means you will need a copy of your bill of sale to give us, copies cannot be done here. If you bought the boat from a dealer you will need a bill of sale plus you must pay your sales tax FIRST and bring a COPIES of sales tax payment and you bill of sale. We need this information for our files, and we cannot make copies. Besides your copy of your bill of sale there is a form to fill out. You can get this Form at our website ksoutdoors.com
How to register your boat, and the open the + Registration and Renewal Forms. Both new boats or out of state boats and transfers of boats with KA number already will need the Application New Owner Registration Form --- "the Application for Certificate of Number Kansas Boating" . It must be filled out completely. NO BOAT Registrations after 3:30 pm, or on the weekends.
All OPEN campgrounds are available for reservations (except for Primitive Mulberry Grove) what this means is if you do not have a reservation, you may not be able to camp.... especially on the weekends. Our holidays are booked, and most future weekends are booked. Note: The USACE properties that are around Perry Lake, like Slough Creek, Rock Creek are not part of Perry State Park, we are different, with different fees and requiring vehicle permits to drive into the Park and around the campgrounds. (USACE stands for “U.S. Army Corps of Engineers”) – a federal agency under the Department of Defense. KDWPT, the “Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism,” is a state agency. Though often adjoined, KDWPT state parks are separate from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) facilities.
We have 2 bath houses opened Lake View and Eagle Landing Bath Houses. Please practice good hygiene and remember these facilities are cleaned regularly and again they are only as clean as the last person to use the facility.
We ask that all visitors still practice social distancing. 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.).
If needed you can call the park office 785-246-3449 for questions .We are experiencing a very high volume of calls so if you want us to call you back please leave a message and someone will return your call during the staffed office hours. We can assist you with for vehicle permits, fishing license from the PARKING LOT only during the staffed times. M-F 9AM TO 4PM In order to abide by the social distancing --items will be exchanged in the parking lot to help keep everyone safe. If after hours leave a message and we will return your call during staffing hours M-F 9am-4pm. Our Gate House will be open Friday evenings and during the day on Saturday.
What is closed: Hobie Cove, Pelican Point, Hideaway, Catfish Alley and (all primitive areas) are closed due to debris and damage to the roads.
What is available: Campgrounds available with electricity and water are Cottonwood Bridge, Eagle Landing, Lake View and Cougar Pass campgrounds. Wild Horse Equestrian campground has water and electricity for equestrian users, and you must have a horse on site to camp. Dump stations are available with water. Lake View, Eagle Landing, and Wild Horse bathhouses and the Lake View CXT are open for use. Primitive Turkey Run is open and available to reserve, only one tent per site, Mulberry Grove is now open to camping and it is first come first serve, all tents must pay, as well as all vehicles need permits.
Please use caution and wear brightly colored clothing (preferably ORANGE) when using all trials. Horse trails and bike trails also cross over into CORP of Engineers Land during hunting season there is hunting on many parts of their property.
For more information click, Perry State Park
Pomona State Park will remain open to provide recreational opportunities to our visitors during this difficult time.
For more information click, Pomona State Park
We are giving away prizes to honor OK Kids Day being cancelled this year. See our Facebook page for details, "Prairie Dog State Park - Kansas Wildlife, Parks & Tourism".
There will be more guided tours for INSIDE the Adobe Home in the future. Check back here to learn of the dates coming up! As always, a vehicle permit is required to enter the park.
The office lobby is open! Please continue to investigate ksoutdoors.com or kshuntfishcamp.com, to buy a vehicle permit, purchase a license, register a boat, or reserve a campsite or cabin. You may also install the apps on your phone, CampIt KS and HuntFish KS, to perform most of these tasks. Office hours are M-Th & Sat, 8am - 4pm ... Fri is 8am - 8pm... Sun is 11am - 3:30pm.
If you have a cabin reservation or are hunting, please see the information at the top of this page. Go to https://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-COVID-19-Updates ... scroll down and click on "Notice to Turkey Hunters". The Travel Quarantine List of states can be difficult to find. If you are coming from one of these states, you need to self-quarantine for 14 days, either in that state OR when you arrive. At last check, it is here: https://ks-kdhecovid19.civicplus.com/176/Travel-Related-Quarantine
For more information click, Prairie Dog State Park
8-2-19: Various flood-damaged spots in Franklin County. Some spots closed. The trail suffered flooding damage from the Franklin- Anderson County line, (Anderson County 2500 Rd), south approximately 2 miles to just south of Scipio Road, (Anderson County 2350 Rd). The section is rideable on a mountain bike, however somewhat rough and some areas might require less experienced riders to walk the bike over. This section is just south of Richmond, after crossing under Highway 59.
For more information click, Prairie Spirit Trail State Park
04-09-20 - The State Park is open during Covid-19. The state park office is closed to the public and playgrounds are closed until further notice.
For more information, contact Tuttle Creek State Park at (785) 539-7941 or visit the park Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TuttleCreekStatePark.
For more information click, Tuttle Creek State Park
Park office is open to the public. At this time we are allowing only 3 customers in the office at a time.
Shower Houses and Fish Cleaning Station are all open for the season.
Pit Toilets are all open.
We are in a Blue-Green Algae Watch.
For more information click, Webster State Park