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Location/Address:

1 Lake Rd.
Farlington, KS 66734
County/Counties: Crawford
GPS: N37 37.863 W094 48.881

Contact Information

Office- (620) 362-3671
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HWY 69 SOUTH from Ft. Scott, KS -

  1. go 4.5 mi turn onto KS-7 toward GIRARD/CHANUTE
  2. go 13.0 mi to Crawford State Park Sign US Hwy 277

KS-7 north from Girard

  1. go 9 miles north to Hwy 277
  2. turn right (east) on 277. This goes into the park
History:

Rich in history and spectacular scenery, Crawford State Park has a flavor all its own. This southeast Kansas treasure, located 9 miles north of Girard in Crawford County, resides on a 150-acre lake built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930’s.

View of the lake from the dam

The park dedicated the CCC Memorial Trail in 2005 to the CCC members who built the lake.

This trail hosts a National CCC Alumni Foundation Statue and items of historical importance honoring their achievement.

CCC Memorial Trail

There are two recorded archaeological sites within the park’s boundaries, including remnants of a 19th-century U.S. military outpost. An interpretive trail, Deer Run Trail, connects the park with the Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks’ Farlington Fish Hatchery, which was built shortly after the CCC completed construction of the lake.

Description:

The 500-acre park features six campgrounds. There are 29 primitive sites,

Tent sites at Oak Point Campground

38 electric only sites, 25 50amp/water sites, and 20 30amp/ water sites. All of the campsites have a spectacular view of the lake.

Rocky Cove Campground

Entrance to Lake View Group Use Area

The park also offers limited reservation sites. In Rocky Cove Campground there are four RV sites that can be reserved.

Lakeview Group Use area has 10 electric sites and is located at the south end of the lake. It is ideal for family reunions, club campouts, and other group activities.

Beach Shelter

Beach shelter house may be reserved for special events. It is found next to the beach playground and swimming area.

Crawford State Park offers several lakefront rental cabins with all the comforts of home in a beautiful lake setting. The cabins are by reservation only and are available year round.

Shady Rest Cabin

This is the front of the cabin, which faces the lake.

7.  Patio is almost done.  Grass is starting to grow!!

Shady Rest is the largest cabin. Three very new cabins will become available to rent by early 2009.

Available for your convenience are two boat ramps, three bathhouses, courtesy docks, and a dump station. Four hiking and biking trails, a swimming beach, and horse shoe pits

Beach area playground

The playground at Crawford State Park's beach area was installed in 2006. Access to the beach swimming area, shelter house, bathroom facilities, and marina are found within easy walking distance. The playground consists of numerous swings, three slides, two sets of climbing stuctures, and a playhouse. It is ADA compliant.

offer more recreational opportunities in addition to camping, fishing and boating. Limited food and convenience items and delicious meals are available at the marina restaurant Friday breakfast through Sunday lunch.

Anglers enjoy excellent fishing for channel catfish, crappie, and striped bass.

Crappie caught from the lake

Pleasure boating, skiing, and swimming are among favorite recreational pursuits.

Located on the edge of the Ozarks, Crawford State Park provides a variety of landscapes seen in Kansas state parks. Redbud trees offer spectacular beauty in the spring along with a wide variety of colorful wildflowers, birds, and butterflies. The lush foliage of the surrounding forest is a naturalist’s delight.

Purple flower

Another wild flower

Butterfly

Another purple flower

Cactus in bloom