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Experience Kansas’ Parks and Recreation

Kansas is home to 26 state parks, featuring everything from pristine lakes to dense prairie grasses, which offer numerous recreational opportunities.

Cheney Reservoir

Cheney Reservoir, State Park and Wildlife Area is a terrific spot for sailing enthusiasts, particularly during the national regattas.

Crawford State Park

Crawford State Park in Farlington includes an inviting lake and the remains of a 19th-century military outpost.

Elk City Reservoir

Elk City Reservoir, State Park and Wildlife Area in Independence has surroundings that range from prairie to wooded hills that can be explored via the extensive trail system.

Lake Scott State Park and Wildlife Area

Historic Lake Scott State Park and Wildlife Area in Scott City is a “must-see” park. Set in a canyon, the Park features an inviting fishing lake and 26 sites with significant archeological finds.

Wilson Reservoir, State Park and Wildlife Area

Wilson Reservoir, State Park and Wildlife Area in Sylvan Grove is noted as being among the Sunflower State’s most beautiful parks with stunning cliffs and opportunities for wildlife photography, hiking, fishing, biking, and boating.

Kill Creek Regional Park

Established in 2001, Kill Creek Regional Park is located near Olathe, and comprised of 180 acres of beautiful Kansas land. The park is one of the newest amongst Kansas' state parks.

Visitors enjoy hiking, bicycling and horse-back riding on the 17 miles of hiking trails. The paved paths are also great for walking and bicycling along the shore.

Kids love splashing in the water at the swimming beach and playing in the sand. Bring your boat for a relaxing cruise on the lake or set up a picnic under one of the shelters.

Milford State Park & Marina

A perfect example of outdoor Kansas, Milford State Park & Marina is an outdoor recreation area located near Junction City. The park is located on the shores of 16,000-acre Milford Reservoir, Kansas' largest lake. Park visitors love to spend the day swimming, fishing, and boating on the lake.

The picnic shelters are perfect for a noon-time break. While at the park, stroll through the nearby Milford Fish Hatchery and Milford Nature Center to view the exhibits and displays.