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Clinton State Park, KS

Photo: Clinton State Park
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Thu Apr 16 2015   Later Dates
 

Description

Constructed in the mid 1970's Clinton State Park is one of Kansas' newest state park operations. Located on the north shore of beautiful Clinton Lake Clinton State Park is one of the state's premier recreation areas. Over 1/2 million visitors each year enjoy modern amenities and the natural beauty of the 1500 acre park available 12 months of the year. The park is managed to support a variety of outdoor activities. Extensively developed areas support day use activities such as hiking and mountain biking, archery, sand volleyball and swimming. Campsites offer 2 levels of service, primitive camping and sites with two utilities for RV services. Two full service cabins have been added to the compliment of park amenities available to the public with plans to add five more in the spring of 2012. In keeping with KDWPT mission statement large areas in the park are managed and maintained as wildlife habitat and natural prairie areas. The park and its amenities offer an excellent opportunity for residents and non-resident visitors to experience the utmost in the outdoors of Kansas.

The park is near three large Kansas population centers; Topeka, the state capital of Kansas twenty (20) miles to the west, Lawrence, home of Kansas University four (4) miles to the east and Kansas City thirty (30) miles to the east. This central location creates a demand for a variety of diverse recreational opportunities. To meet these ever changing demands special use amenities have been developed and refined over the years. These amenities include an extensive multi-use trail system designed for hiking and mountain biking, a specialized bicycle skills course, cross country ski trail, disc golf and an outdoor archery range. Other high use aspects of the park is the participation in more traditional camping, picnicking and fishing activities by residents and non-residents alike.

Another noteworthy compliment to the park's amenities is the privately owned and operated marina. The Clinton Lake Marina is one of the newest and largest marina operations on any of Kansas' lakes. During the past ten years the marina's popularity has increased exponentially. In keeping with these increasing demands the operation has grown in both the services offered and the overall physical size of the facility. The operation is a fine addition to park that provides the utmost in recreational and retail opportunities to the park patrons.

The park provides 379 hard surfaced campsites located in two campgrounds available all year. Offering "Primitive Camping", "Utility Campsites" with water and electricity, larger "Prime Sites" with 50amp electric service and "Long Term" campsites available for up to 6 months of uninterrupted stay there's something for every level of camping enthusiast.

The full service cabins are located near, but not too near the regular campgrounds. Camp Creek and Chicken Creek cabins sit atop a high bluff overlooking Clinton Reservoir with a view as far as the eye can see. From the front porch the vistas are stunning; as miles of rugged timbered shoreline roll on beautiful sunsets illuminate a western skyline with Clinton Lake's solitary "Pelican Island" centered in this breathtaking view. Faux log siding, a large sitting porch and concrete parking and patio areas come together to create a homey yet rustic appeal. The spacious three room air conditioned and heated cabins offer all the amenities necessary for a comfortable stay. Accommodations include a full service eat in kitchen, 3/4 bath and master bedroom. With the added pull down twin "Murphy bed" and fold out futon bed, the cabin comfortably sleeps six people. All you'll need to complete the experience are your linens, bed pillows and bath towels.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Archery
  • Bath House
  • Bicycling
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Boating, Canoeing
  • Boating, Jon (Paddle)
  • Boating, Kayaking
  • Boating, Pedal
  • Boating, Power
  • Cabins
  • Campground Host
  • Camping, Improved Site
  • Camping, Primitive
  • Canoeing
  • Comfort Station
  • Dining
  • Dock, Boat
  • Dump Station, Camper
  • Emergency Services
  • Fire Rings
  • Fish Cleaning Station
  • Fishing
  • Fishing, Park Lake
  • Fishing, Reservoir
  • Fuel, Boats
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Hiking - Moderate
  • Hiking Difficult
  • Hiking Trail
  • Historic Structure/Feature
  • Information/Contact Station
  • Interpretive Center
  • Interpretive Exhibit/Display
  • Interpretive Trail
  • Jet Skiing
  • Jogging/Running
  • Kiosk
  • Laundry
  • Lodging, Cabins
  • Marina
  • Moorage
  • Mountain/Trail Bicycling
  • Nature Center
  • Office/Ranger Station
  • Park Lake
  • Parking
  • Photography
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Pavilion
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Programs, Instructional
  • Programs, Nature
  • Recreation Programs
  • Rentals, Boat, Motorized
  • Reservoir
  • Restaurant
  • Restrooms
  • Retail, Bait & Tackle
  • Retail, Drinks
  • Retail, Firewood
  • Retail, Ice
  • Retail, Seasonal Concessions
  • Retail, Snacks
  • Retail, Store/Gift Shop
  • Retail, Supplies
  • Sail Boarding
  • Sail Boating
  • Shelters
  • Showers
  • Sightseeing
  • Skiing - Water
  • Stargazing
  • Sunbathing
  • Swimming - Park Lake
  • Swimming - Reservoir
  • Swimming, Park Lake
  • Swimming, Reservoir
  • Toilet, Pit/Vault
  • Trails - Mountain Bike
  • Trails, Bicycle
  • Trails, Hiking, Difficult
  • Trails, Hiking, Moderate
  • Trails, Hiking/Walking, Easy
  • Volleyball
  • Volleyball Net
  • Walking
  • Water Access, Park Lake
  • Water Access, Reservoir
  • Water Drinking
  • Water Skiing
  • Wildflower Viewing
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Windsurfing/Sailboarding
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Golf
  • Golfing
  • Historic Sites
  • River/Stream
  • Waterfall
  • Waterfall Access
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Antiquing
  • Area Attraction
  • Art & Museum
  • Kennel
  • Recycling Station
  • Shopping
  • Town
  • Water Access, River/Stream
Within 10 Miles
  • ATM/Cash Machine
  • Airport
  • Camping, Backcountry
  • Camping, Equestrian
  • Camping, Equestrian Group
  • Car Rentals
  • Catering
  • Church
  • Cultural Activities
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Gardens, Botanical Displ
  • Grocery Store
  • Group/Community Facility
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hospital
  • Hunting
  • Maintenance, Boat
  • Maintenance, RV/Camper
  • Maintenance, Vehicle
  • Mall
  • Medical Clinic
  • Meeting Space
  • Mobile Food Service
  • Motel
  • Museum
  • Musical Performances
  • Newspapers
  • Orchard/Produce Farm
  • Propane
  • Rentals, Bicycles
  • Scenic Driving Routes
  • Seasonal Festivals
  • Tennis
  • Trails, Equestrian
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Fish Hatchery
Alerts and Important Information
CLINTON STATE PARK IS A FULL 24 HOUR ACCESS FACILITY
  • Subject to regulations and posted notices, any individual over 21 may possess, consume, or drink alcoholic liquor. Kegs and party balls are strictly prohibited.
  • Any motorized vehicles must purchase and display a valid state park vehicle permit. Electric and gas powered scooters and skateboards cannot be operated in the state park. ATV use is prohibited in the state park.
  • Camping is allowed only in designated areas and is subject to restrictions as posted. All campers and camping units are limited to a stay of not more than 14 consecutive days although a 14-day extension may be obtained with written permission from the park manager. A five-day absence is required before returning to the park to camp again. Any property left unused or unoccupied for 48 hours is subject to removal. Only one camper/RV per utility site is allowed.
  • Fires are allowed in fireplaces, fire rings, and cooking grills only. Fires must be completely extinguished prior to leaving the area.
  • Swimming is allowed in designated areas. Liquor and beer are prohibited on swimming beaches or in waters designated by buoys or other markers as swimming areas. For other beverages, only shatterproof containers are allowed.
  • Pets must always be restrained by a camper, cage, hand-held leash, or tethered chain no longer than 10 feet. They are not allowed on swimming beaches or swimming areas that are delineated by buoys or other markers or in public buildings or structures. Dogs participating in authorized activities or assisting the visually or hearing impaired are not subject to these restrictions.
  • A special event permit is required check with the park office for details.
  • Fishing is prohibited on boat ramps, courtesy docks, swimming beaches, and in swimming areas marked with buoys. In state parks, fish may only be cleaned at designated fish cleaning stations or other locations as posted.
  • Boats may not be operated within 200 feet of any area posted specifically for swimming and delineated by markers. No-wake speeds are required within 200 feet of a boat ramp, boat dock. Vessels left unattended at courtesy docks are subject to removal.
  • Fireworks are prohibited.
  • Litter must be put in trash containers, if provided. Where containers are not provided, park users must carry their trash out with them.
  • Digging holes, removing or defacing geological formations, archeological relics or ruins, or vegetation is prohibited.
  • Quiet hours are 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Actions which alarm, anger, or disturb others are prohibited. Generators can not be used during quiet hours. Failure to comply may result in expulsion from the park.
  • Firearms may only be discharged in areas specifically designated for hunting or target practice.
  • DUMPING OF GREY WATER IS PROHIBITED. Grey water must be disposed of at the dump station.
  • Trails are open during daylight hours only. No camping, fires, or motorized vehicles are allowed on the trails. Use caution when crossing roadways.
  • Cabin renters may check in after 2:00pm and check out by Noon everyday, year round. Smoking is not allowed in cabins. Pets and pet carriers are not allowed inside or on the porches of cabins. Cabin renters are not allowed to grill or cook from the porch deck. The cabin must be clean prior to departure. Cabin renters shall be responsible for full payment of any damages incurred during the length of stay. Damages will be billed to the renter for payment.
  • ** Information in this brochure has been prepared as a guide, not a complete list of regulations. Complete regulations may also be viewed and printed online at www.kdwpt.state.ks.us/regulations. **
  • Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    38.94778, -95.35722
    38°56'52"N, 95°21'26"W

    From I70 Kansas Turnpike : Exit 197 Lecompton; Kansas Highway K-10 East to "Clinton Prkway", exit; Turn right (west) onto Clinton Prkway; Turn right (north) onto E900 Rd; turn left (west) onto N1415 Rd, park entrance.

    From US40 highway:Exit Kansas Highway K-10 East; Clinton Prkway", exit; Turn right (west) onto "Clinton Prkway"; Turn right (north) onto E900 Rd; Turn left (west) onto N1415 Rd, park entrance.

    From US59 highway: Exit Kansas Highway K-10 West to "Clinton Prkway", exit; turn left (west) onto "Clinton Prkway"; Turn right (north) onto E900 Rd; turn left (west) onto N1415 Rd, park entrance.

    From US24 Highway : South to Jct US40 in Lawrence Kansas; turn right (west) on US40; Exit US40 onto Kansas Highway K-10 East; to "Clinton Prkway"; exit turn right (west) onto "Clinton Prkway"; turn right (north) on E900 Rd; turn left (west) onto N1415 Rd, park entrance.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    Clinton State Park
    798 N 1415 Rd
    Lawrence KS 66049

    Phone Number:

    Information: (785)842-8562