What to do in Tuttle Creek State Park

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

Located near Manhattan in northeast Kansas, Tuttle Creek State Park offers visitors a broad variety of outdoor recreation possibilities and plenty of room to roam. The communities of Manhattan, Wamego, Fort Riley, Olsburg, Randolph and Westmoreland offer nearby eating establishments or visitor opportunities. Tuttle Creek Reservoir, the state's second largest impoundment, offers 12,500 acres of water and about 100 miles of rugged, wooded shoreline to explore.

Four units (River Pond, Spillway, Fancy Creek and Randolph) make up the 1,200 - acre park. Electric and water hookups, a swimming beach, boat ramps, courtesy docks, and dump stations are available. Campgrounds contain 118 water/electric campsites, 24 electric-only campsites, 7 electric sites with community water and 500 primitive campsites. By May 2006, the Randolph Area horse campground will be completed and will provide an additional 13 electric campsites with community water.

Four cabins are offered at Tuttle Creek State Park. Each cabin offers a full kitchen with basic pots and pans, table service for four, a full bathroom, heating, A/C, covered patio, picnic tables, grill and fire-ring. Reservations can be made by contacting the park office.

Recreation
Numerous nature trails, a mountain biking trail, and a scenic equestrian trail offer explorers a variety of routes to experience the aesthetic Flint Hills environment. Scenic picnic areas, an 18-hole disc golf course, volleyball courts, horse shoe pits, and conveniently placed restroom and shower facilities accommodate park visitors. The state-of-the-art Fancy Creek Shooting Range is open the first and third full weekends of each month.

Excellent channel cat and flathead fishing is available in the lake and in the river above and below the lake. Fair numbers of bass are caught near standing timber and brush piles, and walleye can be taken off the face of the dam as well as in the river below. During the Spring there is ample opportunity to catch master angler white bass and crappie. The 12,000-acre wildlife area adjacent to the park offers excellent hunting and wildlife watching opportunities.

Location
# Coming to Manhattan via I-70 —- The Manhattan Exit is #313. Take Hwy 177 North to Manhattan. This will be a divided 4 lane hwy.# As you come into town the hwy narrows to 2 lanes and you will cross the Kansas River.# Take the exit for Tuttle Creek Blvd and Fort Riley Blvd. This will be a right hand lane exit. You will come to a stop light. You want to turn to the left onto Tuttle Creek Blvd.# Tuttle Creek Blvd will also be marked Hwy 24 West. Just stay on Tuttle Creek Blvd. You will go past the Mall and Walmart. Keep going!# Stay on Hwy 24 west ( also called Tuttle Creek Blvd) clear through town until you see the turn off for The Tuttle Creek Dam. This is also HWY 13. Take a right on to Hwy 13 and go across the dam.# You will drive aprx 17 miles to the junction with HWY 16. The sign will say OLSBURG and you can only turn left.# Take Hwy 16 west thru Olsburg and across the lake.# You will take the SECOND right (Riley Co Road #893). This will take you directly into Fancy Creek State Park.

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
5800 A River Pond Rd.
Manhattan, KS 66502

Phone: 785-539-7941

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