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.
Water is scheduled to be turned off on Monday 10/17. This includes day use facilities, bathrooms, non heated shower houses, the fish cleaning station, and campsites that are not equipped with a frost free hydrant. 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
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
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For more information click, Cross Timbers State Park
Restrooms at Pomona, Miller, Admire, and Bushong trailhead are in the process of being installed. Please keep in mind that sidewalks and concrete approaches must be installed before the facility can be opened to the public, so they are NOT available for use at the moment. Please stay tuned for construction progress as well as dates for when the restrooms will be open.
For more information click, Flint Hills Trail 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
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For more information click, Historic Lake Scott State Park
The lake is at conservation level 1464.85. Water is back on at all camping sites with utilities. The water at the dump stations has been turned on. All shower houses are open.
The Split Boulder trail and part of the Rockin'K trail has been closed for Eagle Nesting. They will open back up in the summer. In the Horsethief area, Gate 1 has been re-opened.
Reservations for 2022 are open. Reservations can be made at www.reserveamerica.com, the Campit-KS app, or by calling the office. A two-night minimum stay on weekends is required with advanced reservations. A four-night minimum stay is required on Memorial Day weekend. Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends require a three-night minimum stay with advanced reservations.
Check out our Facebook page Kanopolis State Park - Kansas Wildlife & Parks | Facebook for up-to-date information.
For more information click, Kanopolis 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. 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.
LOVEWELL RESERVOIR REMAINS UNDER A WARNING STATUS FOR HARMFUL BLUE-GREEN ALGAE.
- Harmful algae are possible and may be present.
- Water may be unsafe for humans/animals.
- Avoid areas of algae accumulation, and do not let people/pets eat dried algae or drink contaminated water.
- Swimming, wading, skiing, and jet skiing are discouraged near-visible blooms. Beach area is closed.
- Inhalation of the water spray may affect some individuals. Avoid direct contact with water, and wash with clean water after any contact.
- Clean fish well with potable water, and eat fillet portions only.
Fire Ban is Lifted!
As of 9-25-23, Lovewell Reservoir is 6.5 ft below conservation pool. Please use caution and watch for low water hazards while boating. Cedar Point boat ramp is available for boat launching, but the Marina Boat Ramp is only recommended for small boats.
For more information click, Lovewell State Park
PLEASE USE THE ENTRANCE ON HIGHWAY K23 TO ENTER/EXIT THE PARK! (37.162632, -100.438419) Google Maps and other mapping software will sometimes route people to the wrong location! Please be aware.
We recommend always making reservations for utility sites as early as possible to ensure you get a campsite. Primitive campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis only.
All park facilities are open for use.
Check our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MeadeStatePark for the most updated office hour information. Any recent office closures will be listed near the top of the park's news feed.
For more information click, Meade State Park
Fishing licenses, hunting licenses, and boat applications can be purchased at https://license.gooutdoorskansas.com/Licensing/CustomerLookup.aspx. If you are wanting to make reservations for campsites and cabins (and get your annual vehicle permit), you can do so through our Campit KS app, at https://www.campitks.com/home.page or at www.reserveamerica.com.
Open Facilities - Prairie View, Eagle Ridge, Cedar Point, Hickory Hollow, Woodland Hills, Walnut Grove, Rusty Windmill, and Sunset Ridge campgrounds. All Timberlane & Sunset Ridge Cabins. Lakeview and Group Shelter. Woodland Hills, Walnut Grove, and Cedar Point shower houses. Eagle Ridge & Prairie View Campground Restroom. Boat Ramp Vault toilets. South Boat Ramp and Marina fish cleaning stations. Day use shelters #1-#10 & Splash Park.
Closed Facilities -Prairie View Campground sites 113-120 (FEMA Flood Repairs), Marina Boat Ramp Area (Courtesy Dock, Wave Attenuator, and ramp lane repairs), Walnut Grove Boat Ramp Launch Lanes (Due to Low Water Lake Level)
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
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For more information click, Mushroom Rock State Park
NOTICE: WILD HORSE CAMPGROUND the electricity will be shut off Oct 16-18 to work on rerouting electrical for the Campground. The bathhouse will be closed during this time. Just a reminder the TRAIL (Jackalope) has trench to reroute electrical for the Wildhorse Campground. This work is ongoing so please be careful. Thanks for your patience.
What is closed: Turkey Run - construction for new cabins.
2023 CAMPING SEASON
Reminder: Reservations are not to be sold on Buy Sell Trade or Facebook Sites.
Campsite reservations for the 2023 are now available. RESERVATION SEASON IS April 1, 2023-October 31, 2023.
MINIMUM STAY NOTICE: A two-night stay is required for advance reservations for Friday and Saturday. 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. Vehicle permits are required for each motorized vehicle.
Cancellation 15 days or more prior to arrival date results in a refund minus the transaction fee.
Cancellation 14 to three days prior to arrival results in a refund minus one camping night and transaction fee.
Cancellation less than three days prior to arrival results in a forfeiture of all fees.
NOTICE TO HORSE CAMPERS: You must have a HORSE ON SITE TO CAMP AT WILD HORSE EQUISTRIAN CAMPGROUND.
Due to the inordinate number of reservations in previous camping seasons with our regular campgrounds, (the non-equestrian sites), many campers were looking and booking sites in the Wild Horse Equestrian Campground that do not have a horse. Even though the reservation site informs you must have a horse to camp at the Equestrian Campground. All horse campers who want an advanced reservation Starting April 1 will need to call the office to make those reservations. The office phone number is 785-246-3449. Please remember that to do an advanced reservation, the reservation must be done before NOON the day before arrival. We cannot do a one-night reservation for Friday and or Saturday. You must book both nights and you must call before NOON on Thursday. If we do not answer the phone, please leave a message and so we can call you back. Since the sites are now closed to online reservations the only way to know if something is open is to call. Just a note on cancellations, the policy is the same for equestrian campers and non-equestrian campers:
Kansas Requires a bill of sale. A copy of the appropriate bill of sale is on this website. YOU must have all paperwork done ahead of time. Copies cannot be done here.
• This means you will need to provide us a copy of your bill of sale. Please make a copy to keep for yourself.
• There is a form to fill out. You will need this form filled out. (This form is under -how to register your boat, "the Application for Certificate of Number Kansas Boating" open the + Registration and Renewal Forms. All new boats, out of state boats, and transfers of boats with a KA number already will need to fill out this form. It must be signed and filled out completely.)
• If you bought the boat from a dealer in state or out of state, YOU MUST SETTLE YOUR SALES TAX with your County first, so you will need a copy of the sales tax receipt you receive from your county.
• You will need to provide A PRINTED picture of the HULL ID - if you can't print a picture, we can take an 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)
----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 season 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
Planning to turn the water off to the entire park on October 16; if Mother Nature threatens to give us a hard freeze before that, the water will be turned off sooner than October 16. After the water is turned off in the 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.
Office hours: we are open on Monday - Friday 8am - 4:30pm and will be closed on Saturday and Sunday.
Prime season ends on Sept. 30: prices for camping and cabins will go down once we get to Oct. 1. All reservable campsites will be reduced by $2, and the non-designated primitive sites remain unchanged. Cabins are less expensive on Friday and Saturday: $10 less for the modern cabins, $5 less for primitive cabins. These changes remain until April 1, 2024, when the prime season resumes.
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? All utility sites are reservable, as well as most of our mushroom shelters (M2, M3, M5-M10), and M4 is walk-in only. Unfortunately you cannot reserve a site on the same day, you must go to the office to reserve. 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. There may be firewood for sale in the park at site 112 in Shady Rest campground.
For more information click, Prairie Dog State Park
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For more information click, Prairie Spirit Trail State Park
In the event of needing assistants 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
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 bathroom/shower house in Otoe is 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.
For more information click, Wilson State Park