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IMPORTANT INFORMATION.... 8/29/2014

Reservations are still available for this Holiday Weekend!
As of 8 a.m. Friday, August 29 - There are 24 Utility Site with 30 amp & Water hookup available to Reserve. Reservations during a holiday weekend require a 5 night stay for ALL TYPES OF SITES.

Reservations MUST be made through our office since we are within the 3 day arrival period that would allow you to make your own reservation online.. 785/842-8562. Please contact us during our office hours. 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Office will be OPEN on Monday, Sept. 1st Labor Day!

As of 8/29 we still have 14 Utility sites with 50/30/20 amp service and 28 Utility sites with 30/20 amp service NOT OCCUPIED AND AVAILABLE First Come First Serve sites!   

If you would like to use one of our First Come First Serve - Walk-in Sites, may bring your camping unit out at anytime and place it on one of the OPEN / AVAILABLE first come first serve camp sites.   After you get set up please make plans to pay the camp host from 4 pm - 10 pm or 9 am - 11 am on Saturday for the days your unit will be parked in that campsite.

Reservation's on ALL types of sites must be for the 5 nights during a Holiday Weekend!  (Regular weekends you can reserve with a two night stay.) We hardly ever sell out of primitive sites here at our park, even on holiday weekends! So unless you have a specific site in mind and it's a reserveable one, just come out and use a walk-in site. If you do like a reserveable site and want to use it, you'll need to check with us here at the Park Office or with a Camp Host before setting up to make sure that someone hasn't made a reservation and we just haven't made it out with the reservation sign.

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GREAT NEWS!!! The NEW SHOWER HOUSE / RESTROOM Facility is OPEN in Campground #1!!    The "Navajo" is a four room family style flush shower facility and is located near the entrance of campground #1.  Each room has its own shower, toilet, and sink. 

MORE GOOD NEWS!!! In the near future we will also be replacing the restroom facility that was in the South/East corner of the campground with the same type of building!    The building has been torn down, the ground work is being done to ready the placement for the new building.   No ATA as of yet!   We are looking at the mid September for the delivery of the new shower house.  

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CAMPING INFO.....
YOUR CAMP SITE.... Each numbered campsite has gravel surface parking, includes a picnic table and a fire ring!

FIRE RING............ Fire Ring’s are half open for a campfire and other half with a grill that raises & lowers. You’ll have to bring your own charcoal or “duralog” to burn. Because of the Emerald Ash Borer found near our county (Douglas) we will only allow firewood from local sources. You may forage in the wooded area near your campsite for dead and fallen wood if you have trouble locating firewood. NO Chainsaws! The Clinton Marina (clintonmarina.com or 785/749-3222) Walmart and some of the local convenience stores sometimes carry bundles of wood for around $5.00.)

MAPS.................... Visit the Gallery (camera icon on our parks home page) to see copies of the campground maps with site numbers and types of sites listed.      

If you would like to see a picture of the actual sites - Paste the URL address listed below into your search browser.
Just click on the site number. (Just FYI - Some of these pictures were taken in late fall. You may not get the "complete" picture of what it will look like, but the "jest" of it.)
http://www.reserveamerica.com/campgroundMap.do?selectedSiteRb=7313&contractCode=KS&parkId=519117

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RESERVATIONS FOR CAMPING April - September of 2014 may be done via reserveamerica.com starting at NOON on December 20, 2013.
http://www.reserveamerica.com/campgroundMap.do?selectedSiteRb=7256&contractCode=KS&parkId=519117

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ZEBRA MUSSELS FOUND IN CLINTON RESERVOIR - TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) has confirmed the presence of zebra mussels in Clinton Reservoir in Douglas County. An adult population was discovered by KDWPT fisheries staff during routine fish sampling activities, and a subsequent survey of other locations around the lake indicated the population was widespread. Twenty-two Kansas lakes have now been confirmed to have zebra mussels. Other reservoirs in northeast Kansas with zebra mussel infestations include Milford, Perry, John Redmond and Melvern.

For information about Clinton Reservoir, visit http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/DistrictLakes/ClintonLake.aspx

For information about Clinton State Park and Wildlife Area, visit www.ksoutdoors.com and click on State Parks.

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  • Our Venomous Snakes have a new home. As many of you know for the past 18 years we've housed three of the most common venomous snakes found on our area. The Timber Rattlesnake, Copperhead and Massasauga Rattlesnake. On 11/13/13 they were donated to the Fort Hays State University Sternberg Museum of Natural History. If your travels takes you out that way stop in and visit them.

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In the Summer months the Park Office is open on Saturday's! 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (until Oct. 1st) We sell:
• all types of Hunting and Fishing licenses,
• Turkey & Deer tags,
• State Park Annual Permits for your vehicle and camping,
• Reservations for camping or a cabin stay,
• Boat Registration’s

  • Current Lake Information.......If anyone has an immediate need to check the lake conditions you may sign on to the US Army Corps of Engineers "Daily Lake Information" web-site for Clinton Reservoir at: http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/cl/daily.cfM

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Our State Park IS open year round for camping.

For stays April - September you may make your own reservation by visiting the reserveamerica.com website.  Type in our zip code of 66049 to find us the fastest.   Reservations for stays October - March can still be made, just contact us here at the Park Office (Mon - Fri 8 am - 4 p.m.). Payment for your stay will be due at the time of your reservation. 785/842-8562 --------------

Our State Park is located on an 80-foot bluff, so the camping is not near the water, but access to the water may be obtained. In addition to camping facilities, we have a beach area, 4 boat ramps, fish cleaning station, 20 miles of hiking/biking trails, picnic area, 6 shelters, archery range and the Clinton Marina is located here at the State Park. Sites in both campgrounds are flanked by wooded areas on at least 3 sides. (So plenty of shade to go around.) Most sites in either campground are large enough to accommodate up to 70 Ft. trailer.

WINTER MONTHS...   Water at Camp Sites shut off in Mid October to Mid November (weather permitting), but WATER is still available at Frost Free Hydrants, a dump station and a Shower House in CG#3. When you arrive, set up a camping unit in the site of your choice and then check-in & pay at the Park Office, with the Camp Host in campground #3 or use the selfpay station if you arrive after hours.

We have almost 400 campsites and 7 cabins. If you would like set-up your customer profile to help expedite the check-in procedure or make a reservation for a cabin stay, please visit reserveamerica.com Type in 66049 to find us the fastest.

Reservations to CAMP may be done for stays from April – September may be made. (If you would like a specific site from October 1 - March 31st . and it is a reserveable site, you may contact the Park Office to make your reservation.)

Reservations for CABINS may be done up to a year in advance.

Both Camp Hosts are available to take camping fees or sell permits and licenses. See hours listed below...

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For wildlife area questions, please call the Manager Jason Tarwater @ 785/887-6882 Or you may call our local Natural Resource Officer, Jon Entwhistle @ 785/256-1204.

--- Entrance Booth Hours - (The booth will be staffed for your convenience to purchase daily & annual vehicle permits, annual camping permits, hunting/fishing licenses, Trout Stamps etc.. They do accept: Cash, Check with ID, Visa, Master Card and Discover Credit Cards as payment.)

Monday - Thursday - 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. **** Friday's - Noon p.m. - 11 p.m. *** Saturday's - 7 a.m. - 11 p.m. AND
Sunday's - 8 A.M. - 9 p.m.

Camp Host Hours - (available to take your camping fees, other hunting / fishing licenses and permits. They can also accept: Cash, Check with ID, Visa, Master Card and Discover Credit Cards as payment.)

Campground #1 Host…… (Summer Hours April 15 - October 15)

 Monday’s & Tuesday’s 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.    AND   Wednesday's & Thursday's 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

 Friday's - 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
 Saturday's - 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. and then again 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
 Sunday's - 10 a.m. - Noon

Campground #3 Host…… (OPEN year round!)

Monday's & Tuesday's  5 p.m. - 8 p.m.          AND     Wednesday's & Thursday’s 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
 Friday's - 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
 Saturday's - 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. and then again 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
 Sunday's - 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

REMEMBER..... To expedite the check-in procedure please go to reserveamerica.com and CREATE YOUR OWN CUSTOMER PROFILE. Camping on any site, requires us to enter your account information and payment into our new reservation system. The internet connect at Camp Host sites isn't what we'd like and sometimes it may take a few minutes to navigate through all of the screens of the program. Creating your own profile ahead of time saves us all time so you can get started with your fun right away!

Set up your Customer Profile @ Reserveamerica.com......... We encourage you to go the reservation site to make a reservation OR to setup your customer profile. All camping done in the state park must be entered into this new system. (Reservations AND Walk-in Sites) By having this step done ahead of time, you'll make the check-in procedure much faster. Type in our zip code - 66049 to find us the fastest when making a reservation.

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PLAYGROUND IN CG#3 We installed a new playground in the Fall of 2011 and swing set in spring of 2013 in the campground. It's ready for climbing and FUN!

Come let us help you have a wonderful time @ Clinton Lake!

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PRICING.... The reservation system adds $3.00 to every transaction made when entering in camping fees. To offset this change the Department has lowered your Camping and Utility Cost.

Daily Vehicle permit is $5.00/day

Camping is $7.00/per camping unit (Camping April - September cost is $8.00/unit per day)

30 amp sites with water are an additional $11.00 (We have water available year round - same price year round.)

We do have 75 campsites with 50 amp service. The extra amp charge is $2.00/day ($13.00 total per day for regular utility charge and 50 amps.) No Charge from Oct. 1st to March 31st.

Add up the fees above for the services you'll require and the additional $3 one time transaction fee to get your total for your stay.

Please see the Gallery for maps & pictures!

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK TO SEE MORE PICTURES AND DETAILS.... http://www.facebook.com/ClintonStatePark

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Campground information

Clinton State Park offers 387 improved campsites located in two campgrounds, 240 have water and electricity, the rest are primitive. Regular utility sites have 30amp service while "Prime Sites" have 50amp electric available. Campsites vary in size from smaller primitive campsites, 20'x40' to the larger Prime Sites, 30'x70'. All are outfitted with picnic tables and campfire rings or BBQ grills. As in most campgrounds some sites offer more shade than others, but most are in or near the tree line. The campgrounds at Clinton were built on high bluffs well above the shoreline. This type of development protects the areas from flooding, but makes lake access directly from the campsites difficult if not impossible.

Reservations may be made by visiting reserveamerica.com. (Type in our Zip Code of 66049 to find us the fastest!) The interactive web-site that will provide detailed descriptions and pictures of individual campsites. Sites in both campgrounds may be reserved. All others are on a first come first service basis. Reservations are convenient and guarantee an available campsite, but not particularly necessary except on major holidays. (Reserving on a holiday requires a 5 night stay.)

And there's plenty to do while you're here.

Trails

The park has over 25 miles of multi-use recreation trails, hiking and mountain biking. It is frequently said Clinton offers some of the most technically challenging and physically demanding mountain bike trails in the mid-west.

To round out the biking experience we offer a "Mountain Bike Skills Course". It's a virtual playground for the more technically skilled biker. Similar to a trials course it provides the opportunity to test your finesse with a bit of a thrill as a bonus. Views of the beautiful lake, shoreline and surrounding lands make your hike or bike workout a real sensory treat.

Or, if a leisurely hike or walk is more your taste there are miles of paved road to accommodate you, or a 3/4 mile self guided nature trail through the prairie.

So as not to leave out the "alternative trail enthusiast" we offer a five mile cross country ski trail that's a unique Kansas experience when mother nature cooperates.

Archery

The park has one of the only outdoor archery ranges in the area. Six shooting lanes with soft targets at 20, 40 and 60 yards offer the chance to hone your skills at "target shooting" or for that all important pre-hunting season tune up for you or your equipment.

Disc Golf - IS CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION.....  

There is a disc golf course located in the park. A 9 hole course with some very challenging tee shots, fairways and greens. It's literally carved through the timber and prairie so, you had better have a keen eye and good spotters or plenty of discs to spare.

The Water

Clinton Reservoir has some of the most beautiful water in Kansas, clear, clean and always ready for your boating or fishing fun. A day on Clinton Lake is never a disappointment. Sixteen boat ramp lanes, eight courtesy docks and lighted parking areas make the access a breeze.

If big water fishing isn't your thing there are two smaller ponds in the park. "Lake Henry" is a quiet secluded four acre pond built in the 1940's with healthy populations of sunfish, largemouth bass and channel catfish. And during the trout season its well stocked with trout. The "Prairie Pond" a 3/4 acre kid's only fishing pond stocked with sunfish and channel catffish that guarantees fun for the little fisherman in your group.

You may want to cool off at the beach too. The park has a sand beach and swimming area. It's part of the lake so feel free to moor your boat outside the buoy line or take the trail from the parking lot and get wet.

No commentary on Clinton Lake would be complete without a word about the "Clinton Lake Marina". Located in the state park it's one of the finest marinas in the country. Annual and daily rental boat slips, secure dry storage, a retail shop, boat rentals and a deli round out the operation. The marina is neat and clean it's well kept and professionally operated, you won't find a better selection to fit your boating needs or friendlier service anywhere.

Cabins

As of April 2013 we now have SEVEN cabins available to reserve.... Chicken Creek, Camp Creek, Deer Creek, Coon Creek, Washington Creek, Elk Creek and Wakarusa River Cabins sit atop a high bluff overlooking Clinton Reservoir with a view as far as the eye can see. From the front porch the vistas are stunning; as miles of rugged timbered shoreline roll on beautiful sunsets illuminate a western skyline with Clinton Lake’s solitary “Pelican Island” centered in this breathtaking view.

Faux log siding, a large sitting porch and concrete parking and patio areas come together to create a homey yet rustic appeal. The spacious three room air conditioned and heated cabins offer all the amenities necessary for a comfortable stay. Accommodations include a full service eat in kitchen, 3/4 bath and master bedroom. The One Bedroom cabin features the added pull down twin “Murphy bed” and fold out futon bed the cabin comfortably sleeps six people. Our Two Bedroom cabin (Wakarusa River) will sleep eight people comfortably and features a second bedroom with two sets of bunk beds. All you’ll need to complete the experience are your linens, bed pillows, bath towels, food and toiletries.

Check out the cabin reservation information, rates and procedures at www.reserveamerica.com (Type in our zip code of 66049 to find us the fastest.)

Please see the Gallery for maps & pictures! Or become a Face Book Fan! http://www.facebook.com/ClintonStatePark

BE SURE TO VISIT OUR PARK OFFICE 8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. (Monday - Friday) or 9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. (Saturday's) TO SEE LIVE ANIMALS. We have several different varieties of Snakes, Turtles and Fish to see.  Make a trip soon to our Park Office soon you can see a live specimen.

Please feel free to contact us at by phone at 785-842-8562; on the web at http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/ or via our e-mail address at clintonsp@ksoutdoors.com if we can help any further. Thank you for your interest in Clinton State Park.