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Open House at Perry State Park results -  We had a fantastic turnout for the Friends of Lake Perry Horse Trails fund raiser.  There were 160 registered riders for the trails.  The food was great and a few  of us definitely got caught up in the frenzy of the auction!  Hats off to the auctioneer and his spotters!  Big thank you's to Dewayne Burgess and Jo Turner for all their planning, organizing, and handling all the logistics for this fund raiser and making it a great success.  Perry State Park also appreciates all the support and dedication to the horse trails by Evert Glenn, Ed Jarvis, Andy Baux, and Pete and Eldon Pickett.

We also had an antique automobile show in the office parking lot for Open House on Saturday.  There were approximately eight restored gems. Thank you to Larry Diven for organizing this event.

Perry State Park welcomes the Fire2 NCCC AmeriCorps team! The team of nine arrived at Perry State Park on March 18th.  They will be staying with us until May 7th at which time Fire2 will head back to Denver, Colorado.  The team is here to help out the park with projects ranging from cabin repair and maintenance, equestrian trail repair and clearing, an ADA walkway down to the beach area, repair and extension of the nature trail, and hopefully the building of a youth archery range once approval is obtained from the Corp of Engineers.

The Park Office will be open on the weekends and regular office hours will now be seven days a week, 8:00 a.m. - Noon (closed for lunch) and then 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Water has been turned on to the following campgrounds:  Eagle Landing and Cougar Pass.  The bathhouses in Eagle Landing and Lake View are open for use.  We had hoped to have the water turned on today to Wild Horse campground, but due to vandalism to the waterline to Wild Horse it has been delayed until repairs can be completed.  We apologize for the inconvenience to our equestrian patrons.

The boat dock at the Lake View boat ramp has been pushed back in for boaters' use.

Water is still off at this time for Lake View and Cottonwood Bridge campgrounds. Pit toilets are still available at each of the boat ramps.

Park permits are still required during the off-season when entering the state park campgrounds and day use areas. All annual park permits are available at the park office. Also, be sure to inquire about the State Parks Passport at the time you register your vehicles through the Department of Motor Vehicles. The state park is open for use and if the office is closed, the appropriate fees can be paid at the self-pay kiosks.

The Kansas State Parks' Passport! The Kansas State Parks' Passport is available only during your Kansas motor vehicle registration process (new or renewal). It is available at a motor vehicle registration office, through the online vehicle registration site (www. kswebtags.org), or when renewing by mail. The parks' passport only costs $15.50 and is good for a full twelve months (one year) same as your vehicle registration. The park passport expires the same day your vehicle registration expires. For more information, contact Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism, Pratt Operations Office at 620-672-5911 or call your state park office. Don't miss out on this great opportunity - Get Your Kansas State Parks' Passport!

The reservation system is on-line and you can start making reservations for camping sites for the spring and summer season. Reserve your camp site for 2014 at www.reserveamerica.com. The cabins are open and can be reserved at www.reserveamerica.com. Currently for the winter, camp sites are available on a first-come, first serve basis.

Boat registrations are available at the park office. In order to register a newly acquired boat, be sure to bring the bill of sale containing an accurate Hull Identification Number and the KA assigned number or any other state's assigned number. Another tip when purchasing a boat from an individual, be sure the person you are buying the boat from is the current registered owner in KDWPT's system.

Currently, a daily vehicle pass is $5.00 (Senior and disability is $3.25). Daily camping is $8.00 and utility (electricity) is an additional $9.50 per day/utilities (water and electricity) is $11.50 per day. A $3.00 transaction fee will apply for all walk-in utility sites and primitive camp sites with the new camping system. If you arrive when the office is closed, a self-pay station is available for vehicle and camping permits. The self-pay station is located in the parking lot of the main office. 2014 Annual Vehicle permits are available at the park office for $25.00; Senior and Disabled 2014 Annual Vehicle permits are $13.75. All annual permits purchased at the park office expire December 31, 2014.

 Remember - Report all Wildlife and Parks violations! Call Operation Game Thief at 1-877-426-3843.

SEASONAL (AKA: Long-term) CAMPING LOTTERY DRAWING - Application packets are available through email, mail or at the office for these sites by contacting the park office. The drawing was completed on February 18th and we still have a few sites left.  If interested or for questions regarding the seasonal camping program, please call the park office for more information or email us at perrysp@ksoutdoors.com.

The cabins at Perry State Park are open and reservations can be made online at www.reserveamerica.com. The price for renting a cabin on the weekend is now $55.00 per night. If you have not tried camping in one of Perry’s cabins, consider coming out this fall/winter.

We have installed mileage markers on the Nature Trail in the park. The trail has been cleaned up and marked so you can record your distance and time in order to track your fitness level. If you can complete one mile in 14 minutes or less without discomfort, you are achieving a good fitness level. Learn more about "What's Your Mile?" and take the Healthy Kansas pledge at www.healthykansas.org.

Wild Horse Campground Area:

Two brand new lift station pumps have been installed for the Wild Horse bathhouse. If all goes well, the pumps will be up and running for the 2014 Spring season.

The shower house in Wild Horse campground area is closed for the winter. We will keep the Port-A-Pot in the campground for patron's convenience this winter.

ALERT: Wild Horse campground utility sites are limited to Equine campers only. You must have a horse at the site to camp.

A new walking path down to the shower building has been built. Please note that no horses are allowed on this walking path.

We want to give a special thank you to Dewayne Burgess, Ed Jarvis, and Andy Baux for installing the fifteen foot posts and upper cross beam boards that will denote the two trailheads for the horse riding trails in the state park. These gentlemen worked long and hard to get these trailhead markers in place. Ed Jarvis will put the finishing touches on the trailhead markers in the coming days. We will keep you posted as to when these markers are finished.

Park staff worked for most of a day clearing overhanging trees away from the main road leading up to Wild Horse campground. We want to give a big thank you to our region supervisor, Anthony Reitz, for his nonstop chainsaw operation in the bucket truck; Park Manager Todd Lovin for coming to assist in limb cutting with the pole saw and loading the limbs and tree trunks into the trucks; Kirk Tjelmeland for help in cutting up the downed trees; to all our volunteers - Patty and Larry Davis, John Falk; and Ricky Tavis - for their strong backs loading the cut limbs and large trunks into the trucks; and to the rest of the park staff - thank you - this was truly a team effort to improve the park for our patrons.

Wild Horse Campground area is open for primitive and utility (electricity and water) use. There are eight utility sites available to equestrian campers only. You must have a horse to camp on these utility sites. We have installed hitching posts at all the utility sites. A big thank you goes out to Dewayne Burgess, Ed Jarvis, Bob Rettele, and Joey Jernigan for getting those posts in the ground. Horse riders are encouraged to come out and enjoy the trails. The bathhouse is open upon request.  ALERT: Do not create new trails or trail heads as this causes confusion to riders and creates difficulties in mapping the trail areas. New trails can not be created without the consent and approval of the state park and the Corp of Engineers.

Try out the new free Pocket Ranger® app to use as the Official Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism Guide at http://pocketranger.com/apps/ks/apps.php.

Upcoming Special Events:

 May 2-4, 2014  - Trail Ride - Wild Horse Campground and Equestrian Trails - sponsored by Knickers and Neighs.

 May 17, 2014   - Fishing Tournament - Lake View Boat Ramp - sponsored by Kansas Buddy Bass.

 May 31, 2014   - Fishing Tournament - Lake View Boat Ramp - sponsored by Kansas Buddy Bass.

 June 6-8, 2014 - Trail Ride - Tentative - Wild Horse Campground and equestrian trails - sponsored by Heartland Range Riders.

 August 9-10, 2014 - Bowfishing Tournament - Slough Creek - sponsored by Kansas Bowfishing Night Series.

 September 6-7, 2014 - Trail Ride - Wild Horse Campground and Equestrian Trails - sponsored by MOTDRA.

 September 27-28, 2014 - Trail Ride - Wild Horse Campground and Equestrian Trails - sponsored by Critter Care.


Perry State Park will have an AmeriCorps team on site for the next seven weeks.  The team will be assisting with numerous projects within the park.  We welcome the team and look forward to working with them.  We'll keep you posted as to the progress of the different projects.

Individual camp sites have now been established in Hobie Cove campground in order to control the number of individuals camping in that particular primitive campground area. The final permanent posts at each of the sites have been installed.  Hobie Cove now has numbered posts for the thirty camp sites in the campground area. Only three camp units will be permitted per camp site for a family or group. Appropriate fees will apply to each of the camp units.  A child's tent is free but will count as one of the three camp units. Each site will have one picnic table and one fire ring. Once the designated sections are filled, individuals will be directed to camp in other primitive campgrounds in the state park.



The lake level at Perry Lake is at normal pool. The current release rate is 300 cubic feet per second. Normal lake level is 891.50 and the current lake level is 891.81.

For more information about Perry State Park or if you have any questions, please feel free to call the park office at 785-246-3449 or e-mail us at perrysp@ksoutdoors.com. Have a safe and enjoyable visit at Perry State Park.