Prairie Dog State Park

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Prairie Dog State Park

Kansas

(785) 877-2953

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Overview

A prime place to experience the shortgrass prairies of western Kansas, Prairie Dog State Park occupies 1,150 acres on the shores of Keith Sebelius Reservoir in Norton County. The park's charm lies in the modest number of visitors who use the area. But don't let that fool you. Just like the larger, busier parks, there's plenty to do at Prairie Dog State Park. The park is home to a thriving prairie dog colony and is the site of the last remaining adobe house in Kansas, built on the site in the early 1890's. Additionally, many recreation opportunities such as boating, fishing, hunting, and camping are offered to visitors throughout the year. The area office, open regularly year-round, provides brochures and staff to answer questions. Hunting and fishing licenses are also available at the park office.

Map of Prairie Dog (KS)

Latitude, Longitude: 39.797943, -99.952748

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Activities

  • Boating

    The 1,000-acre reservoir is a great place to boat. Boating facilities include a two-lane boat ramp on the west side of Leota Cove and a single-lane ramp on the east side of Leota Cove.

  • Camping

    Campsites at Prairie Dog include 40 designated sites with electric and water hookups, 16 designated sites with electric hookups, 14 designated primitive sites, and 125 non-designated primitive sites. Reservable sites are available. Shower and restroom facilities are located throughout the park, as are two RV dump stations. Water is available from April 15 through October 15. Two cabins (Cottonwood and Cedar Crest) are available for rent at Prairie Dog State Park. Both cabins are considered primitive (without plumbing). Each cabin has two bedrooms, heating and air conditioning, a refrigerator, and microwave. Water hydrants are located outside each cabin and restrooms are located nearby.

  • Fishing

    Sebelius Reservoir is well known for its excellent fishing opportunities. Black bass, walleye, wiper, crappie, catfish, and saugeye are popular sportfish. The public fishing dock is perfect for a family outing. The East Leota Cove Area gives anglers a chance to test their skill on walleye and saugeye gathering in a limestone spawning bed just offshore.

  • Hiking

    A 1.4-mile nature trail complete with interpretive signage is a great way to explore the park.

  • Historic Sites

    Two vintage 19th century buildings are preserved in the park. A one-room schoolhouse and renovated adobe house are snapshots of Kansas history.

  • Hunting

    The 6,400-acre Norton Wildlife Area offers good prospects for pheasant, waterfowl, turkey, and rabbits. Both white-tailed and mule deer can be found here, as well as a variety of furbearers.

  • Picnicking

    Several picnicking areas are located within the park.

  • RVing

    Campsites at Prairie Dog include 40 designated sites with electric and water hookups, 16 designated sites with electric hookups, 14 designated primitive sites, and 125 non-designated primitive sites. Reservable sites are available. Shower and restroom facilities are located throughout the park, as are two RV dump stations. Water is available from April 15 through October 15.

  • Water Sports

    A swimming beach is located just outside the Prarie Dog campground. Waterskiing and windsurfing are other popular activities on the lake.

Directions

Driving

Prarie Dog State Park is located on the north shore of Keith Sebelius Reservoir in Norton County.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(785) 877-2953

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