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Hillsdale State Park, KS

Photo: Hillsdale State Park
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Mon Apr 20 2015   Later Dates


Hillsdale is one of the newest reservoirs in Kansas. Originally authorized in 1954 and completed in 1982, the reservoir is part of a comprehensive flood control plan for the Osage and Missouri River basins. Located in the rolling hills of Miami County, Hillsdale State Park and Wildlife Area has convenient access from urban Kansas City.
Hillsdale offers outdoor recreational opportunities to campers, anglers, boaters, hunters, swimmers, horseback riders, model airplane flyers, hikers, naturalists, picnickers, photographers, sightseers and those just out to enjoy our natural environment.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Amphitheater
  • Bath House
  • Bicycling
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Boating, Canoeing
  • Boating, Kayaking
  • Boating, Power
  • Campground Host
  • Camping, Equestrian
  • Camping, Improved Site
  • Camping, Primitive
  • Church
  • Comfort Station
  • Dock, Boat
  • Dump Station, Camper
  • Dump Station, Marina
  • Fire Rings
  • Fishing, Park Lake
  • Fuel, Boats
  • Golf
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Hiking Trail
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Information Booth
  • Jet Skiing
  • Laundry
  • Marina
  • Mountain/Trail Bicycling
  • Park Lake
  • Parking
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground
  • Rentals, Boat, Motorized
  • Rentals, Jet Skis
  • Reservoir
  • Restrooms
  • Shelters
  • Showers
  • Skiing - Water
  • Swimming, Park Lake
  • Telephone
  • Toilet, Pit/Vault
  • Trails, Bicycle
  • Trails, Equestrian
  • Trails, Hiking/Walking, Easy
  • Trails, Mountain Bike
  • Walking
  • Water Access, Park Lake
  • Water Skiing
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Horse Rentals
  • Information/Contact Station
Within 10 Miles
  • Emergency Services
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Grocery Store
  • Hospital
  • Propane
  • Recycling Station
  • Retail, Bait & Tackle
  • Retail, Drinks
  • Retail, Firewood
  • Retail, Ice
  • Retail, Snacks
  • Retail, Store/Gift Shop
  • Retail, Supplies
Alerts and Important Information
  • 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 vehicle 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 5-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 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. For other non-alcoholic 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 for any event involving entrance fees, exclusive use of an area, sales, organized competition, amplified sound, or reservation of a specific site or facility. 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 (except for noncommercial use of edible wild plants, wild fruits, nuts, or fungi) 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. Please 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):
    38.66556, -94.895
    38°39'56"N, 94°53'42"W

    From the South and West: Take I-35N towards Kansas City. Take the KS-68 exit toward Ottawa/Louisburg. Turn right onto KS-68. Turn Left onto Osawatomie Rd. 3 miles to Hillsdale State Park.

    From the North and East: Take I-35S. Take the US-169 S, exit 215 towards Paola. Turn left onto US-169S. Take the 255th Street ramp. Turn right onto W. 255th St. 3.3 miles to Hillsdale State Park.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    Hillsdale State Park
    26001 W. 255th Street
    Paola KS 66071

    Phone Number:

    Information: (913)783-4507