Clinton State Park News
IMPORTANT INFORMATION.... 3/11/14
Boat Ramp #2 by the Clinton Marina & the North Boat Ramp on the West end of the state park has been pushed into the water. The lake is mostly free of ice.
LAKE HENRY STOCKED! Trout has been stocked and in the next couple of weeks it will be stocked one more time before the end of trout season which is April 15. Lake Henry is now free of ice.
Remember.... You must have a Vehicle Permit ($5.00 - Daily or $25 / annual permit ) and Trout Stamp in addition to your Fishing License to fish in Lake Henry during Trout Season (Nov. 1 to April 15th)
Good Luck, be SAFE and be sure to tell us how you did!
70.3 Kansas Ironman NEWS!!!! Kansas Ironman Participants, Volunteers and Spectators that would like to reserve a campsite in Campground #3 during the upcoming Kansas 70.3 Ironman Triathlon on June 8th, 2014 may contact the Clinton State Park Office NOW to make their reservation. As of 1/24/14 we have the following camp sites still available to reserve for during the event.... 2 Prime Utility Sites (Water & 50/30 & 20 Amp Plug in), 26 Utility Sites (Water & 30/20 amp plug in) and 88 Non-Utility - Primitive sites (Just a picnic table and a fire ring.) Left to reserve!
Phone Calls ONLY please! 785-842-8562 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (M-F) We have only one phone line, so please be patient. (IF the phone rings and rings don't get discouraged! We're here, but on the phone. We're having technical problems with roll over from our phone system.)
A two night minimum stay is required. (If you stay Friday and Saturday you’ll have until 6 p.m. on Sunday to vacate the campsite before you’ll be required to pay another day’s fees with the campground host.)
A maximum of three (3) campsites may be reserved by each person. Payment will be taken at the time of your reservation by using a Visa, Master Card or Discover Credit Card.
Required Information… If you haven’t already registered to camp at a State Park in the past couple of years or you are not in the State of Kansas database we will be required to have the following information so that we may create you a new account. Once you’re in the system, you’ll be able to make future purchases easily by using the computer generated **KDWPT#, your name or your phone #. We’ll not have to ask for this personal information again in the future. This State of Kansas database is a very secure program and your information will not to be disclosed.
**KDWPT# or Social Security Number * Name & Address * Phone # * Email Address
**You would have gotten your KDWPT# by having purchased one of the following licenses in the past 4 years – Kansas State Park Annual Vehicle Permit, Dept. of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism Hunting or Fishing License or have a Kansas registered boat in your name.
Non-Utility Primitive Site per night = $26.00 (Plus onetime $3.00 Non-refundable Transaction Fee) You’ll be able to pitch up to THREE Tents and have 2 vehicles at the site. (Total Cost for 2 nights - $55.00 OR 3 nights - $81)
Utility Site with Water & Electricity (20 & 30 Amp plug-ins) per night = $29.00 (Plus onetime $3.00 Non-refundable Transaction Fee) You’ll be able to have ONE camping unit and 2 vehicles at the site. (Total Cost for 2 nights - $61.00 OR 3 nights - $90.00)
For an additional $8.00/night, this year we will allow you to set up an extra tent on at your utility site.
Prime Site with Water & Electricity (20, 30 AND 50 amp plug in) per night = $31.00 (Plus onetime $3.00 Non-refundable Transaction Fee) You’ll be able to have ONE camping unit and 2 vehicles at the site. (Total Cost for 2 nights - $65.00 OR 3 nights - $96.00)
For an additional $8.00/night, this year we will allow you to set up an extra tent on at your utility site.
Each numbered campsite has gravel surface parking, includes a picnic table and a 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! Walmart and some of the local convenience stores sometimes carry bundles of wood for around $5.00.)
Once you make the reservation via phone, you’ll receive your vehicle permits, park maps and information along with your official confirmation via email from me.
Campground #3 Map - A copy of the Campground #3 Map will be included in your email confirmation. You’ll notice the non-utility sites are highlighted in YELLOW, Utility sites with 20/30 amp are highlighted in GREEN and the 50 amp sites are highlighted in BLUE on the map and the fee schedule is listed above.
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.)
5150 News!! The 5150 Ironman is scheduled to take place here at Clinton State Park on July 20, 2014. You may go to reserveamerica.com NOW to reserve your camp site for a stay during the upcoming Kansas 5150 held here at Clinton State Park on July 20th. Type in our zip code of 66049 to find our park the fastest!
New 2014 Annual State Park Permits go on sale Monday, December 16th.... 2014 Annual vehicle permits are $25.00, Senior / Disabled Annual vehicle permits are $13.75, Annual Camping permits are $152.50 and 14 night camping punch cards are $87....50 if you purchase them before April 1st.
Our Park office will be open 8 a.m. - 4 pm on Dec. 16-24th.
Winter Break Park Office closure... The Park Office will be CLOSED from Wednesday, December 25th through January 3rd, 2014.
The Entrance Booth will be open and available most Friday's, Saturday's and Sunday's if you would like to purchase a permit or license for the 2014 season.
Booth Days and Hours OPEN......................
Friday, December 20 (Noon - 9 p.m.)
Saturday, December 21 (8 a.m. - 8 p.m.)
Sunday, December 22 (8 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Friday, January 3rd (Noon - 9 p.m.)
Saturday, January 4th (8 a.m. - 8 p.m.)
Sunday, January 5th (8 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Guided First Day Hike - Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014! Clinton State Park, near Lawrence, will host a nature walk on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. Hikers will meet at the Clinton State Park office at noon before embarking on a 1.5- to 2-mile hike on moderate trails. The hike is open to all ages and pets are welcome as long as they are under owner control at all times. For more information, contact the Clinton State Park office,
Ring in the New Year outdoors and experience a winter version of your favorite state park that many park patrons never see. There are actually hundreds of First Day Hikes scheduled across the nation, sponsored by the America’s State Parks and the American Hiking Society, www.americasstateparks.org.
RESERVATIONS FOR CAMPING April - September of 2014 may be done via reserveamerica.com starting at NOON on December 20, 2013.
(Excluding camping during the 70.3 Kansas Ironman on June 8th. You'll be able to call in to make a reservation to camp in campground #3 (run route of the race) starting 8 AM on Tuesday, January 7th.)
TROUT SEASON - Trout season is in full swing at Lake Henry. The season is November 1, 2013 to April 15, 2014. Lake Henry is our 3 acre stocked pond that is located just South of the Park Office. It was recently stocked with Trout and will be stocked on a regular basis until close of the season. Dates of future stockings at Lake Henry can be found by following the link.
Lake Henry's road.... Weather permitting you may drive down to Lake Henry to fish for trout. If the roads become icy again and the barricade is blocking the road, you may still walk down to fish if you wish! REMEMBER.... You have to have a vehicle permit, fishing license and a trout stamp to fish in Lake Henry during trout season even if you aren't fishing for trout. Just in case you catch one!
If you don't have a trout stamp for this year, you can get one here!!
Winter Park Office Hours - 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (M-F)
The Entrance Booth is open FRIDAY'S - Noon - 9 PM
SATURDAY'S - 8 AM - 8 PM
SUNDAY'S - 8 AM - 6 PM
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.
- 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.
OK Kid's Day - Was a HUGE success! We had 138 Kids registered for the morning Fishing Derby on Saturday. With winners like 3 year old first time fisherman, Parker Kroenke who won the biggest fish award. A 17 inch Catfish! Way to go Parker!
- First Fish Caught - Matt Foster (15 inch Catfish who also caught 9 other fish)
- Smallest Fish Caught - AJ Powell (4 3/4 inch Blue Gill)
- Most Fish Caught - Cayden Dittmer (4 fish)
- Most Unusual Thing Caught - A Turtle
We had a blast at the evening Animal Show-n-Tell. 64 Kids, their parents and/or grandparents or other family members attended. After a fun filled evening learning about native turtles and snakes each child had to have a bag to carry all of their goodies. Many prizes were distributed and fun was had by ALL! "Slick" our Coachwhip snake was a big hit, as always! He posed for pictures and even convinced a few who thought they weren't interested in touching or holding a snake do so.
Looks for pictures on our Facebook page.
Wildlifer Challenge - Remember your child can still earn extra prizes for completing Wildlifer Challenges. You can do 12 or 13 of the required 15, right here! Go to: www.kansaswildscape.org for more info.
- GREAT NEWS!!! The NEW SHOWER HOUSE / RESTROOM Facility is in place in Campground #1!! The final preparations are being made. It may not be available to use until spring. Until the weather turns colder and they turn off the water service to the campground there is a flush toilet station (located in the middle of the campground) ...and Shower House / Restroom facility in the South East corner of the campground to use. The "Navajo" is a four room family style flush shower facility. Each room has its own shower, toilet, and sink. Frost free hydrants are located by Site A1 & A95.
- MORE GOOD NEWS!!! In the near future we will also be replacing the center flush toilet building in campground #1 with a two bathroom/shower building! More news coming soon!!
We've been named the Best Place for Family Fun! Check out the article in the recently published Lawrence.com magazine.
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
Our State Park IS open year round for camping.
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, frisbee golf 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...
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.
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!)
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.
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!
The Park Office Hours are: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
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 $9.50 (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 ($11.50 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!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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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. Soon our venomous snakes - the Timber Rattlesnake, Copperhead and Massasauga Rattlesnakes that we have on display will be moving to a new home. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if we can help any further. Thank you for your interest in Clinton State Park.