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29810 S. Fairlawn Road
Osage City , KS 66523
Phone: 785-528-4102
GPS: N38 31.72 W95 44.70

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Phone: 785-528-4102

Eisenhower State Park is located in Osage County on the North shore of Melvern Lake.

South of Topeka 30 miles on 75 Hwy then 3 miles west on K-278


Eisenhower State Park formerly known as Melvern State Park was renamed in 1990 by legislature to honor the only native son President Dwight Eisenhower. Located on Melvern Lake in the eastern fringe of the Flint Hills in southern Osage County.


Eisenhower State Park has 1,785 acres. It features 1,000 acres of tallgrass prairie, 440 acres of woodland and a complete range of recreational facilities in addition to the 6,930 acres of Melvern Lake.

Eisenhower State Park provides 186 utility campsites: 81 with water, 37 with sewer hookps, 68 electric only sites and five shower houses. Non-utility sites are available for primitive camping in Five-Star, Sailboat Beach, and Omaha Swim Beach. Fifteen Equestrian Campsites with electric/water and individual corrals are available in the upper loop of Westpoint Campground. Cowboy campground is a primitive area for equestrian camping. The park offers 4 modern cabins, 2 primitive yurts and one primitive cabin for rent. Campers may stay at any one of the campgrounds for up to 14 consecutive days.

FREE WIFI is available at the park office/parking lot. A Boat Dock with 8 slips located at the East Boat Ramp can be rented through the park office.

Ike's Shelterhouse is excellent for hosting family reunions within the Jones Family Activity Area. There is a playground, basketball court and horseshoe pits close by. Other recreational facilities include a swimming beach, sand volleyball court, picnic shelters, an 18-hole disc golf course, a 19 target walk through archery trail, kids fishing pond and a fly fishing pond.

Visit Ike's General Store located at Doud Campground to pay your campground fees, purchase souvenirs, rent kayaks/canoes and check out games. Eisenhower State Parks' Friends Group offers items you might have forgot at to bring from home. Ice and firewood for sale at Doud campground. Laundry facilities are available at the Doud shower building

Eisenhower is also home to a burgeoning trails system for horseback riding, biking, hiking and archery. Crooked Knee Horse Trail offers equestrians a 20-mile excursion through the undeveloped west side of the park. Biking and hiking is available on the horse trail. The bike trail & 19 target walk through archery trail head is located in the Five-Star campground.

Wildlife include white-tailed deer, eastern wild turkey, bobwhite quail, squirrels, furbearers, and waterfowl.

Anglers seek walleye, crappie, sauger, white bass, and channel catfish. Two nine-lane boat ramps offer excellent access to Melvern Lake.