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State Park Office Hours

The El Dorado State Park Office is open, 8:00 am - 4:30pm Monday through Friday. Boat registrations close 30 minutes prior to the closing time each day. Park permits are always available at the self pay stations near the entrances to the Parks. ***The Park Office will be closed Nov. 28 & 29th for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Lake Level

(To get the most up to date Lake information, go to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' web page, which is located at http://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/ELDR.lakepage.html.)
  • Pool elevation is 1338.43 feet on Tuesday 25Mar14 Time: 0900 hours.
  • At this elevation the total amount of water stored in El Dorado Lake is 154286 acre-feet.
  • Reservoir release is 5 cubic feet per second on Tuesday 25Mar14 Time: 0900 hours

Where to Purchase your Permits and Licenses -

2014 Park permits and licenses are available at all KDWPT Park Offices throughout the state. Permits at El Dorado State Park are also available to purchase from Camp Hosts, Gate Hosts, and all self pay stations.

** Don't forget to purchase your 2014 licenses for this year!

Open House - March 29 -

A statewide open house will be held on March 29th, allowing free Park entrance all day.  The El Dorado State Park will hold the open house from 8 a.m. to 4:40 p.m.  The activities include boat inspections at the Park Office from 8 - noon; a photography nature hike, starting at 10 am in Walnut River; an archery range/clinic at the Archery Range at 10 a.m.; and cabin tours at Walnut River at 10 a.m.

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Long Term Camping & Winter Facilities

Long term camping is available in the Eagle Pass Campground (Walnut River Campground Area #3) . Please see the camp host or the Park Office to make long term camping arrangements. Long Term Camping (30 day) monthly rate = $404.00, which includes water, electric & sewer. (User must also possess an Annual Camp permit).

Utilities to the Walnut River Campgrounds will remain on, where possible. The shower/restroom building in the Big Oak (Loop 1) will be heated for the winter and will remain open for use from campers and trout anglers.

Trout Season

From November 1 - April 15, the old Walnut River channel that runs from the Walnut River swim beach to the small dam behind shelter #4, will be stocked with rainbow trout. A trout permit ($12.50) will be required for all anglers 16 years of age to 74 yoa. (This includes all non-residents 16 and older.) In addition, a valid fishing license is needed. Trout permits are available at the Park Office and on line at ksoutdoors.com.

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