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SANTA FE TRAIL, KS

Santa Fe Trail Campground is located on the 3,310-acre Council Grove Lake in the green expanses of eastern Kansas.Council Grove Lake sits in the rolling, grassy Flint Hills. The lake was created by a dam built in 1964, and now offers recreational opportunities to hundreds of thousands...
Status: Open through Fri Oct 31 2014   Season Dates

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  • One RV and one tent or two tents per campsite
  • Click here for more information on Council Grove Lake
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.
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** Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the campground.
*** Some sites may be available only from the campground on a first-come-first-served basis.
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Overview

Overview

Santa Fe Trail Campground is located on the 3,310-acre Council Grove Lake in the green expanses of eastern Kansas.

Natural Features:

Council Grove Lake sits in the rolling, grassy Flint Hills. The lake was created by a dam built in 1964, and now offers recreational opportunities to hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.

Historically this area is where the Osage Indians signed a treaty to establish the Old Santa Fe Trail. A marker in the town of Council Grove indicates the place where the treaty was signed.

Recreation:

Boating is a popular pastime at the lake, and a boat ramp is located in the campground for visitors' convenience.

The lake is known for its fishing opportunities, with crappie and catfish being the most abundant. Council Grove was also the first lake in Kansas to receive stocking of Saugeye.

Hunters will find populations of quail, prairie chicken, wild turkey and deer on the nearly 2,700 acres of hunting lands surrounding the lake.

Hiking trails wind along the lake shore and into the forest. Pioneer Nature Trail is known as the most scenic trail, with plenty of wildlife, greenery and wildflowers creating a beautiful background.

Council Grove is also a starting point for the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway. This byway travels through the best of the remaining remnants of the Tallgrass Prairie Ecosystem in North America.

Along the byway and 25 miles south is the National Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, where visitors can spot colorful wildflowers in the spring and array of autumn colors in the fall.

Facilities:

Santa Fe Trail Campground offers 35 reservable campsites, including one group camping area that can accommodate up to 75 guests. Electric hookups, flush toilets and other modern amenities are provided.

The campground has plenty of shade, along with open grassy areas for games and recreation.

Nearby Attractions:

The town of Council Grove, located about 2 miles southeast of the lake, is a National Historic District, with seven Santa Fe National Historic Trail sites in the community.

Booking Window

GROUP STANDARD ELECTRIC

Wed Oct 22 2014 - Tue Oct 20 2015

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

STANDARD ELECTRIC

Wed Oct 22 2014 - Mon Apr 20 2015

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

STANDARD NONELECTRIC

Wed Oct 22 2014 - Mon Apr 20 2015

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Walk In Wed Oct 01 2014 Fri Oct 31 2014
Walk In Wed Apr 01 2015 Tue Apr 14 2015
Peak Wed Apr 15 2015 Wed Sep 30 2015
Walk In Thu Oct 01 2015 Sat Oct 31 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Electric Hookups
  • Entrance Station
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Hunting
  • Playground
  • Scenic Drive
  • Showers
  • Trails
  • Vault Toilets
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Walk In Season
Oct 01 2014 -
Oct 31 2014
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $11.00-$12.00
STANDARD ELECTRIC $15.00-$22.00
GROUP STANDARD ELECTRIC $140.00
Walk In Season
Apr 01 2015 -
Apr 14 2015
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $11.00-$12.00
STANDARD ELECTRIC $15.00-$22.00
GROUP STANDARD ELECTRIC $140.00
Peak Season
Apr 15 2015 -
Sep 30 2015
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $11.00-$12.00
STANDARD ELECTRIC $15.00-$22.00
GROUP STANDARD ELECTRIC $140.00
Walk In Season
Oct 01 2015 -
Oct 31 2015
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $11.00-$12.00
STANDARD ELECTRIC $15.00-$22.00
GROUP STANDARD ELECTRIC $140.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
38.68189, -96.52486
38°40'55"N, 96°31'29"W

From I-70, take Highway 177 south for 30 miles. Continue west across the dam road, then right onto City Lake Road. After a mile turn right into the campground entrance.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

SANTA FE TRAIL
1026 Lake Rd
COUNCIL GROVE  KS  66846-9322

Phone Number:

Information:  (620)767-5195