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WELCOME TO PERRY STATE PARK

                                                                                              2015 Permits are on sale now!

The Park Office winter hours:  Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - Noon (closed for lunch) and then 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  The office is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

The courtesy dock has been repaired (many thanks to our Regional Supervisor Anthony Reitz for his prompt response and assistance in repairing the dock) and is now useable.  The dock has been placed back in at the Lake View boat ramp with the hopes to remain there for the upcoming season.

ALERT:  Perry State Park is looking for any information to assist in the identification of the individual or individuals who damaged the Lake View courtesy dock.  Sometime between January 26. 2015, 4:30 p.m. and January 27, 2015, 8:00 a.m., unknown subjects used what is believed to be a one-ton or larger vehicle with a snowplow blade attached to the front to attempt to push the Lake View courtesy dock into the lake.  The dock was pushed approximately forty feet when the blade slipped up on top of the dock, shattering the fiberglass insert on the walkway ramp.  Until a replacement panel can be located, this dock will be unusable to our patrons due to the damage creating safety issues.  Anyone having any information that will assist us in identifying who damaged the dock is asked to contact the park office at (785) 246-3449.

Facility Closures for the Winter - Updates:

        The park office will be closed Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - Due to Staff Shortage.

        Lake View courtesy dock has been pulled for the Winter. The North boat dock is still available for use when there is no ice at the shoreline.

        Utility sites have electricity only.  All bathhouses are closed for the winter season.  Pit toilets are available at both boat ramps.  Payment for camping can be made at the self-pay stations.

        The fishing cleaning station and both dump stations have also been closed for the winter season.

Park permits are required 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 State Parks Passport at the time you register your vehicles through your County Treasurer's Office.

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 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.  During the weekends, you are to pay for your sites at the self-pay station kiosks.  If you are staying during the weekdays, come up to the office and pay there.

Boat registrations are also 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 primitive camping is $7.00 per day and utility sites (electricity only) is $16.00 per day. A $3.00 transaction fee will apply for all walk-in utility sites and primitive camp sites. 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 and at the gatehouse entrance. 2015 Annual Vehicle permits are available at the park office for $25.00; Senior and Disabled 2015 Annual Vehicle permits are $13.75. Annual camp permits are also available for $152.50 until April 1, 2015. All 2015 annual permits purchased at the park office expire December 31, 2015. 

 Remember - Report all Wildlife and Parks violations! Call Operation Game Thief at 1-877-426-3843.

SEASONAL (AKA: Long-term) CAMPING LOTTERY DRAWING -   The 2015 Spring/Summer seasonal (long-term) camping lottery has been completed.  We still have a few sites left.  If interested or for questions regarding the seasonal camping program, please call the park office for more information or email us at perrysp@ksoutdoors.com.

The cabins at Perry State Park are open year round 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, minimum stay of two nights and $45.00 a night Sunday through Thursday.  There is a reservation fee of $14.00.  If you have not tried staying 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:

New Horse Crossing signs have been installed on Highway 237 and on 58th Street east of Decatur Rd.  Perry State Park appreciates the prompt and professional response by KDOT in installing the signs on Highway 237 so motorist will be more alert to equestrian riders at Perry Lake.

Girl Scout Troop 547, Meriden, Kansas, consisting Juniors and Cadets will be working on the state park horse trails over the next few months cutting brush and overhanging trees to widen the trail paths. This project goes towards achieving their equestrian badge.

The shower house in Wild Horse campground area are closed. We will keep the Port-A-Pot in the campground for patron's convenience.

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 numerous individuals who are donating their time in caring for the horse trails at Perry Lake and in particular the state park trails.  Ed Jarvis and Andy Baux have spent numerous days mowing and clearing the horse trails on Rocky Top!  Everett Glenn, Joey Jernigan, Eldon Pickett, Jeri Pickett, Pete Pickett, Mike Milburn, Jo Turner, and Dewayne Burgess have been out on the horse trails during this warm weather, over several days, picking up trash!  And you would not believe the amount of trash they have packed out on their horses!  We can't thank everyone enough for all your time and energy in support of the park and the trails!

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:

 
  April 18, 2015 - Bass Tournament - Lake View Boat Ramp - sponsored by KJ I Believe

  April 19, 2015  - Trail Ride and Luncheon - State Park Horse Trails - sponsored by Saddle and Sirloin Outriders

  April 25, 2015  - Open House - Free entrance day; camping fees still apply  - sponsored by KDWPT

  April 25, 2015 - KDHE Earth Day - Looking for Volunteers to Help Clean up the Park.

  May 2-3, 2015 - Competitive Trail Ride - State Park Horse Trails - sponsored by Knickers N' Neighs

  May 9, 2015    - Bass Tournament - Lake View Boat Ramp - sponsored by Kansas Buddy Bass

  May 16, 2015  - Bass Tournament - Lake View Boat Ramp - sponsored by Backlashers Bass Club

  May 17, 2015  - Bass Tournament - Lake View Boat Ramp - sponsored by Kansas Buddy Bass

  May 30-31, 2015 - Bass Tournament - Lake View Boat Ramp - sponsored by Kansas Bass Nation

  July 25-26,2015 - Mountain Bike Trail Ride - Bike Trails - Sunflower Games - sponsored by Lawrence Mountain Bike Club

  September 25-27, 2015  - Trail Ride - State Park Horse Trails - sponsored by Critter Care

ANNOUCEMENTS:

A big thank you goes out to Mark Adamiak from Lenexa Troop 186!  He has been working on his Eagle Scout Project at Perry State Park.  He has cleared the Nature Trail, refurbished the Healthy Trail markers and benches on the trail, painted and placed new posters in the trailhead kiosk, and placed new tree identification markers on the trail.  The trail looks fantastic and we encourage our patrons to check out all the hard work Mark, troop members and other volunteers have completed on the trail to make it more enjoyable to our visitors.

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. The final permanent posts at each of the sites have been installed.  Hobie Cove now has numbered posts for the thirty camp sites in the campground area. Only three camp units will be permitted per camp site for a family or group. Appropriate fees will apply to each of the camp units.  A child's tent is free but 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.

 

LAKE LEVEL INFORMATION:

The lake level at Perry Lake is slightly above (.07) normal pool. The current release rate is 100 cubic feet per second. Normal lake level is 891.50 and the current lake level is 891.57.  For additional and up-to-date lake information go to http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/DistrictLakes/PerryLake/DailyLakeInformation.aspx.

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 perrysp@ksoutdoors.com. Have a safe and enjoyable visit at Perry State Park.