Wilson State Park

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Wilson State Park

Kansas

(785) 658-2465

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Overview

Set in the scenic Smoky Hills region of Kansas, Wilson State Park provides convenient access to one of the state's prime water recreation areas. The park is located on the south side of Wilson Reservoir, and was established by the Kansas Legislature in 1966. The park's 945 acres consist of two areas: Hell Creek and Otoe. Camping, swimming, boating and trails provide enjoyable alternatives for visitors. Additionally, every season brings different opportunities to see wildlife. Deer, bobwhite quail, waterfowl, and other species can often be seen from the roads throughout the area. For licenses, permits, and other information, visit the park office, located at the Hell Creek area entrance.

Map of Wilson (KS)

Latitude, Longitude: 38.917194, -98.500959

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Activities

  • Boating

    Of the two boat ramps in the park, the Hell Creek area ramp is designed for use by boats too large to launch elsewhere. Accessible courtesy docks are located at both state park boat ramps. The marina in the Hell Creek area provides boat and slip rentals, boat fuel, convenience items, and permit sales.

  • Bicycling

    The Switchgrass Bike Trail is available for mountain bikers to pursue this popular activity. The trail is approximately 20 miles long, with the trailhead located at the Switchgrass Restroom parking lot.

  • Camping

    The park offers both utility and primitive camping. Utility sites are open year-round. Water hookups and shower buildings are available April through September. Frost-free water hydrants and several vault toilets are open through the winter. Though mostly first come, first-served, selected sites can be reserved for a fee through the park office starting January 1. Wilson State Park also has four cabins available for rent.

  • Fishing

    In addition to being a premier striped bass and smallmouth bass lake, you'll find abundant white bass, walleye, and other fish. The park has a modern fish cleaning station. Creel and length limits apply to certain species.

  • Hiking

    The Dakota Trail gives visitors one of the best views of the Kansas prairie and Wilson Lake. An interpretive brochure helps you along the self-guided trail. The Cedar Trail in the Otoe area is an accessible, one mile loop with a hardened asphalt surface. It's great for a leisurely, low-stress walk.

  • Hunting

    The 8,069 acre public hunting area is made up of 5,000 acres of rugged rolling hills of native prairie, aprroximately 2,000 acres of cropland, and 1,000 acres of riparian timber along the Saline River, Cedar Creek, Turkey Creek, and Elm Creek. The area has a waterfowl refuge that was established in 1996. Hunting opportunities are fair for deer, turkey, waterfowl, and upland birds. The area receives heavy hunting pressure during season openers and can provide less crowded conditions later in the hunting seasons.

  • Picnicking

    Many picinic areas and shelters are located in the park campgrounds.

  • RVing

    The park offers both utility and primitive camping. Utility sites are open year-round. Water hookups and shower buildings are available April through September. Frost-free water hydrants and several vault toilets are open through the winter. For RV users, the park has three dump stations--two in Hell Creek and one in Otoe. Though mostly first come, first-served, selected sites can be reserved for a fee through the park office starting January 1.

  • Water Sports

    Two designated swimming beaches are open to visitors. Waterskiing is another water recreation option.

Directions

Driving

The park is located nine miles west of Sylvan Grove.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(785) 658-2465

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