Perry State Park
WELCOME TO PERRY STATE PARK
During the Christmas week. the park office will be closed Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (December 25 - 27, 2013) and also on our normal closing of Saturday and Sunday. We will also be closed on New Years day (January 1, 2014). After the holidays, the Park Office will resume operating under it's off-season hours. The office will be closed on the weekends and regular office hours will be Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - Noon (closed for lunch) and then 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The boat dock at the Lake View boat ramp has been pulled for the winter due to lowering temperatures and possible freezing of the lake at the shorelines.
Water has been shut off to all the campgrounds and all bathhouses are now closed for the winter. 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 new State Parks Passport debuting in 2013. 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 off-line until noon on Friday, December 20, 2013 at which time you can start making reservations for camping sites beginning April 1st 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 $7.00 and utility (electricity) is an additional $7.50 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. 2013 Annual Vehicle permits are available at the park office for $25.00; Senior and Disabled 2013 Annual Vehicle permits are $13.75. All annual permits purchased at the park office expire December 31, 2013.
Remember - Report all Wildlife and Parks violations! Call Operation Game Thief at 1-877-426-3843.
LONG-TERM CAMPING LOTTERY DRAWING - The lottery process for the 2014 long-term camping will begin soon. Applications are available through email, mail or at the office for these sites by contacting the park office. If interested or for questions regarding the long-term camping program, please call the park office for more information or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 all the folks who have generously given of their time to make improvements on the horse trails and in the campground. New trail signs were made by Tom Wilson of Perry; Evert Glenn, Joey Jernigan, Jo Turner, and Dewayne Burgess painted the signs and Mr. Glenn coated them in a sealer. Mr. Glenn, Mr. Jernigan, and Ed and Sue Jarvis put the new trail signs up so now individuals will be able to navigate themselves on the trails without getting lost. Ed Jarvis has completed a new map that corresponds to the new signs on the trails. Bob Rettele did some preliminary grading on the new gravel we put on the eight utility sites and for preliminary work, those sites look fantastic. Additional work will be done once the rock settles on the pads. Recognition also goes out to Eldon and Pete Pickett for doing some much needed tree trimming in the campground. Everything is really shaping up for the 2013 season. We can't thank Dewayne Burgess enough for his role in coordinating all these improvements to the Wild Horse campground area. Thank you again, everyone!
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:
Nothing scheduled at this time.
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. We are in the process of installing permanent posts at each of the sites. So far, eighteen numbered posts have been installed. Hobie Cove will have thirty camp sites in the campground area. Only three camp units will be permitted per camp site. A child's tent 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.
Perry State Park would like to give a big THANK YOU to members of the Kansas Bowhunters Association. They held a Conservation Day at Perry State Park on Saturday, April 6, 2013. Nine members came out to the park and cleared the Nature Trail area (approximately 1 mile of walking trails) of low tree branches, fallen trees and other obstacles on the trail. They were so efficient, that another clearing project was given to them to clear the roadway on the State Park Road that goes from Wild Horse campground to the bathhouse, approximately 1 mile of roadway. Members cut done numerous trees that were growing too close to the road, including large red cedars that were becoming a road hazard. KBA Members to recognize for all their hard work are Anna Whitehead, Marvin Whitehead (President), Barry Raugust, Kent Davis, Skip Lloyd, Bob Griffin, Chris Roberts, Dave Easton, and Ron Smith. We would also like to thank Paul Babcock for coordinating this Conservation Day at Perry State Park.
LAKE LEVEL INFORMATION:
The lake level at Perry Lake is approximately one and a half feet (1.43) above normal pool. The current release rate is 100 cubic feet per second. Normal lake level is 891.50 and the current lake level is 892.93
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 email@example.com. Have a safe and enjoyable visit at Perry State Park.