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STATE PARK WINTER SERVICES LIMITED BUT AVAILABLE

Colder weather battens down some facilities during winter; all parks open
PRATT — Kansas state parks began their off-season on Oct. 1, and it runs through March 31. During this time, many state parks reduce services although all remain open. Office hours and services vary from park to park, but most offices are open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday but are closed on holidays.

In addition, most unheated toilets and shower buildings with running water are shut down for the cold season. Most heated buildings remain open through the regular hunting seasons, and some remain open year-round. While drinkable water is available at each park headquarters all year, water is shut off at campgrounds and day-use areas that are prone to freezing pipes.

Most parks have some drinkable water available at freeze-proof valves in campgrounds into late November or early December, depending on the weather. Electricity stays on year-round where it is available. Each park remains open to vehicles; however, some campground loops may be closed. Some boat ramps across the state may be closed or only usable by shallow-draft boats.

For details, look up individual state parks at the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks website, www.kdwp.state.ks.us. Conditions may also be checked by phoning individual parks before planning a trip.
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