Elk City State Park

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Elk City State Park

Kansas

(620) 331-6295

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Overview

Elk City Wildlife Area is located in Montgomery County ,and consists of approximately 12,446 acres. The wildlife area is managed for fish and wildlife. Authorized in 1967, Elk City State Park has 857 acres to provide camping, hiking, picnicking, swimming, fishing and sight-seeing. The area has many habitat types, which support a variety of wildlife. Dominant vegetation consists of big bluestem, little bluestem, Indian grass and switchgrass and other plants associated with the bluestem prairie. A prominent feature of the landscape is the precipitous rock bluff of limestone know as Table Mound. Wind and erosion have created many scenic vistas on the limestone bluffs along the northern border of the park.

Map of Elk City (KS)

Latitude, Longitude: 37.249730, -95.777590

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Activities

  • Boating

    Paved roads lead into the park's three lane boat launching ramp.

  • Bicycling

    Park users are welcome to enjoy the four mile Eagle Rock Mountain Bike Trail.

  • Camping

    Paved roads lead into the park with modern and primitive campsites, modern restrooms and showers, drinking water and trailer sewage dump facilities. Camping is permitted in the state park campground and along Table Mound Hiking Trail south of the county road. Toilets are available at Memorial Overlook Trailhead near the dam and the state park trailhead.

  • Fishing

    Elk City Reservoir offers good to excellent fishing opportunities for channel catfish, white bass, crappie, flathead catfish, largemouth bass and saugeye. Hook and line and trot line fisherman experience good success for channel catfish and flatheads in the reservoir during all seasons of the year. Spring fishing for spawning crappie occurs in the coves and associated streams. White bass runs also occur in Elk River. The outlet area provides good to excellent fishing during moderate releases. A full access fishing dock is located in the state park area. Some creel and minimum length limits are in effect.

  • Golfing

    A frisbee golf course and par-3 golf course are available for park visitors.

  • Hiking

    There are three main trails to explore at the park. The Green Thumb Nature Trail is a one-mile loop trail that begins in the state park campground, northwest of the park office. It is a moderately strenuous hike, which will take you to the top of the hill. There you see a beautiful panorama of the lake framed by ash and oak trees. The Kansas Trails Council designed and worked with many volunteers to contract Table Mound Hiking Trail and Post Oak Self-Guiding Nature Trail, also in the park. The Elk River Hiking Trail is a scenic 15 mile trail that starts at the west edge of the dam and ends near the Hwy 160 bridge on the Elk River. Parking is available at the Memorial Overlook or state park trailheads.

  • Hunting

    Large numbers of ducks use the many shallow flats in the upper end of the reservoir, and goose hunters find excellent hunting on the wildlife area. Area deer hunters will have excellent opportunities on the numerous tributaries and wooded borders of the crop fields. Wild turkeys were reintroduced into the area in 1983, and their numbers are increasing. Other game species include bobwhite quail, cottontail rabbits, fox and gray squirrel, and a few prairie chicken. Common furbearers include beaver, raccoon, bobcat, coyote, gray fox, opossum, mink and muskrat. Excellent squirrel hunting can be found in the numerous oak-hickory and pecan groves. A portion of the state park is open to shot gun pellets and archery hunting only.

  • Picnicking

    Paved roads lead into the park with picnic areas and group shelters. Toilets are available at Memorial Overlook Trailhead near the dam and the state park trailhead.

  • RVing

    Paved roads lead into the park with modern campsites, restrooms and showers, drinking water, and trailer sewage dump facilities. Approximately 100 sites offer electric hookups. Camping is permitted in the state park campground and along Table Mound Hiking Trail south of the county road.

  • Water Sports

    A swimming beach is located on the south side of the park.

Directions

Driving

Elk City State Park is located in Montgomery County, approximately five miles northwest of Independence, Kansas.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(620) 331-6295

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