Cedar Bluff State Park

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Cedar Bluff State Park

Kansas

(785) 726-3212

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Overview

Construction of Cedar Bluff Reservoir began in April of 1949 with the intention of providing flood control, irrigation and recreation. The reservoir was completed in 1951 and filled that same year. This Bureau of Reclamation owned reservoir, which is managed by the Department of Wildlife and Parks, quickly became a popular recreational destination. The reservoir and surrounding public lands provided many opportunities that had previously been non-existant to this region. In 1962, Cedar Bluff State Park was developed to accomodate the public by providing outdoor recreational facilities and activities. Cedar Bluff State Park continues to thrive today. Annual visitation is consistently over the 250,000 mark.

Just 13 miles south of Interstate 70, you will find Cedar Bluff State Park. The park straddles Cedar Bluff Reservoir: the Bluffton Area on the north shore, and the Page Creek Area on the south shore. Camping, boating, outdoor sports, wildlife viewing, and other opportunities are available in the park. Together with a unique look into Kansas' history, the many activities available at Cedar Bluff make it a quality destination.

Map of Cedar Bluff (KS)

Latitude, Longitude: 38.767684, -99.770316

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Activities

  • Boating

    Six boat ramps and two courtesy docks are located on the reservoir. A no wake policy is enforced near boat ramps and at the west end of the reservoir.

  • Bicycling

    Constructed in 2004, a BMX track at the Bluffton area is open for more extreme bicycle enthusiasts.

  • Camping

    Campers are encouraged to use the State Park where modern and primitive camping sites and rental cabins are available the year round. Camping on the Wildlife Area is primitive and limited to six designated areas. These areas have no fees for camping. Cedar Bluff State Park offers three styles of rental cabins, each with its own, unique atmosphere. All cabins are available year-round.

  • Fishing

    Walleye, bass, crappie, wiper and catfish can be caught in the reservoir. Creel limits are in effect for all fish with the exception of White Bass. Walleye must be a minimum of 18 inches while largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass must be at least fifteen inches. An accessible fishing dock and two fish cleaning stations are located in the park.

  • Hiking

    Cedar Bluff has one five mile hiking trail for visitors to enjoy.

  • Historic Sites

    Threshing Machine Canyon, the site of an 1867 Indian attack on a wagon train bearing a threshing machine, is accessed by a road west of the park. In the historic canyon, you will find carvings dating back to the mid-1800s.

  • Hunting

    Public hunting areas are limited in Kansas, so demand is high. Management continually seeks to enhance hunting quality. In the past archery and firearm hunters have recorded one of the highest big game public land success rates. Most deer are whitetails with a few mule deer on the area. Turkey numbers are low. Pheasant populations fluctuate with the most hunting pressure during the season opener. Diverse habitats with grass, crops, weeds produce the best results. Quail numbers vary. Additionally, doves are plentiful until cold weather moves in. Geese and ducks use the area during migration, numbers vary with habitat conditions. Most goose hunting occurs when the geese leave the area to feed.

  • Picnicking

    Four shelters are availible at the Bluffton side of the reservoir. All camping areas have picnic tables open for use.

  • RVing

    Sites with electricity and sewage are availible in the state park. Three dumpstations are also offered to visitors with trailers or RVs.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming and jet skiing can be enjoyed at the park.

Directions

Driving

The park is located in Trego County, 13 miles south of I-70 off exit 135 on Highway 147.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(785) 726-3212

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