What to do in Clinton State Park

*This information provided by The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks*

Clinton State Park is located four miles west of Lawrence in the scenic Osage Questas region. The 1,500-acre park lies on the north shore of Clinton Reservoir, known for its clear water and good fishing. Modern facilities and an extensive hiking/biking trail system make this park and adjacent 9,200-acre wildlife area an attractive destination for a outdoors enthusiasts.

Popular activities include picnicking, swimming, or camping on one of the nearly 500 campsites, including 240 water/electric utility sites and 220 primitive sites. Nearby restrooms and showers add a touch of comfort and convenience for park visitors.

Recreation
Visitors to the park can enjoy viewing white-tailed deer, wild turkey, waterfowl, bald eagles in spring and fall, and numerous species of songbirds in the carefully managed habitats that make Clinton a distinctive outdoor destination.

Clinton offers 16 boat ramps, eight courtesy docks, separate launching areas for windsurfers and personal watercraft, a beach with shower house, six picnic shelter areas, a separate day-use picnic area, four playgrounds, a sand volleyball area, an archery range, six shower buildings, two dump stations, and more.

The Clinton Lake Marina offers boat slips, fishing and boating supplies, equipment rental, and a floating restaurant. Anglers are attracted to Clinton Reservoir for its good channel catfish, walleye, and crappie fishing.

Well-known for its extensive trails system, Clinton State Park is an outdoor mecca for hikers, nature photographers, mountain bicyclists, wildflower enthusiasts, wildlife observers, even cross-country snow skiers. Park staff work closely with Lawrence and University of Kansas individuals and organizations to present several concerts and other special events each year.

Location
10 Hwy take from KC (traveling West), through Lawrence (10 Hwy turns into 23rd Street & then Clinton Parkway ? All the same road.) go as far as it will go (to the Dead- End - E900 Road) turn right, then take the second left (by Texaco Station, 1415 Road) this is our entrance to the State Park. Follow the long drive, it goes down a hill then up a hill to the pay booth. You pay your parking permit fee there (when open), park office or use the Self-pay Station across from the Park Office. Then go to the camping area, get set up and pay your camping fees at the camp host during her business hours. (There is also a Selfpay Station available to leave your camping fees, if you arrive after the CampHost hours.)

Climate
Kansas has an annual mean temperature almost as high as that of Virginia, more sunshine than that of any state to the east, and generous summer rains.The State lies across the path of alternate masses of warm moist air moving north from the Gulf of Mexico and currents of cold, comparatively dry, air moving from the polar regions. Consequently, its weather is subject to frequent and often sharp changes, usually of short duration.Summers are inclined to be warm–often the word "hot" describes them best–but are healthful, with low relative humidity during periods of high temperatures, and usually a good wind movement. Heat prostrations are almost unknown. Summer nights are usually cool, especially in the western counties.Winters are drier, with more sunshine than those of eastern states. The average snowfall is less than that of other states, except those located farther south. Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, and the New England States normally have from two to three times as much snowfall as Kansas.

Address
798 N. 1415 Road
Lawrence, KS 66049

Phone: 785-842-8562

Fax: 785-842-3910

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