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#3 State Park Road
Sylvan Grove, KS 67481
Phone: 785-658-2465
GPS: N38°54.715 W98°30.066

Contact Information

Park Office - (785) 658-2465

Office Hours - The Park Office is currently open 8:00am -4:00pm Monday through Friday. Closed Saturday & Sunday. Please call ahead to make sure the office is open if you are driving from a distance. Check the park news for detailed days the office will be closed.

The Park office will be Open Saturday April 25, 2015 for Open House/Free Park Entrance Day.

Big Bluestem shower house/bathroom facility, Wheatgrass shower house/bathroom facility and the Marina bathroom are open in Hell Creek and the Yarrow shower house/bathroom facility is open. CXT buildings are available at the Hell Creek boat ramp and the Otoe boat ramp.

Notice: The Courtesy Dock at the Hell Creek Boat Ramp is floating in the water.

Park Fees

We are in the prime season for fees. All electric/water camping sites can be reserved online at reserveamerica.com . Daily camping, annual camping and fourteen day camping permits have increased in price from off - season fees. Prime site fees are in effect in the campgrounds with 50 amp service (Big Bluestem, Foxtail, & Goldenrod) during the prime season. Be sure and pay for vehicle and camping permits at the self pay stations during evening hours and days when the office is closed.  Please follow instructions and prices at the self pay stations.

Park fees changed April 1, 2015. We are in the prime season for permits and rentals thru Sept 30, 2015.

Shelter Reservations

Wilson State Park has four large shelters available for use. They are great for groups, family reunions, and weddings. Tatanka (the church) is a great place for weddings and is located on the Hell Creek side of the state park. Wyoming shelter can only be reserved with the group camp area. The Otoe area has Pine Shelter and Yucca Shelter. All the shelters are covered and have picnic tables amd charcoal grills. Electricity is available at Tatanka & Pine. Yucca shelter does not have electricity. All large shelters (EXCEPT WYOMING) are available individually by paying a designated reservation fee. Contact the park office for more information. 785-658-2465 and Press 1.

Seasonal (Long Term) Camping

Electric sites in the Dropseed and Grama (# 4,5,6,11,12,&13)camping areas are available for Seasonal camping. Each of the sites is available for 30 consecutive days and can be stayed on for 8 months maximum. Each site has electricity. Call the park office for more information and availability. Your camper must be on the site the day the reservation is made. For more information or for reservations contact the park office at 785-658-2465.

Lake Wilson Marina is located in the Hell Creek Area of the state park and is a full serivce marina. They carry all kinds of items needed for camping and fishing, including food/drink, dry goods, bait and tackle, and many other items. Boat rental, slip rental, storage rental, and boat repair is also available through the marina. For more information on goods and services at the marina, call 785-658-2392.

Knotheads Bait & Tackle Shop is located on the east side of South Shore (Shoreline) Drive just off 232 highway. Fishing items are available as well as camping supplies. For information on other items available contact 785-658-2166.


Wilson State Park was established by the Kansas Legislature in 1966. The Hell Creek Area was established at this time. The state received Otoe Area in 1984.



Located along the Post Rock Scenic Byway about 5 miles north of I-70, west of K-232

Located in the heart of the Smoky Hills, Wilson State Park is considered by many to be the most beautiful in the state. Wilson Reservoir features a rugged shoreline punctuated by scenic cliffs and rocky outcrops. The park and surrounding wildlife area offer the opportunity to view and photograph deer, pheasant, waterfowl, songbirds, and furbearers.

Wilson Reservoir offers excellent white bass and striped bass angling. Hiking on the Dakota Trail offers an excellent view of the lake and native Kansas prairie. The Cedar Trail in the Otoe area is a one-mile loop with a hardened asphalt surface and is great for a leisurely, low-stress walk. The 25-mile long Switchgrass Bike Trail is popular with mountain bikers to pursue this challenging activity.

Wilson Wildlife Area is located on the upper end of 9,000 acre Wilson Reservoir. The 8,069-acre public hunting area is made up of 5,000 acres of rugged rolling hills of native prairie, approximately 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.

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