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Lake Shawnee County Campground

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Welcome to Lake Shawnee County Campground, nestled near Topeka, KS. This spot is a gem for anyone looking to enjoy the great outdoors with a touch of comfort. The campground is open all year, so you can plan your visit whenever the mood strikes.

One of the standout features here is the beautiful lake, which offers stunning views and plenty of activities. Whether you're into fishing, swimming, or just relaxing by the water, you'll find it all here. The sunsets over the lake are something you don't want to miss—perfect for those Instagram-worthy shots.

The campground itself is clean and well-maintained, with friendly staff who go out of their way to make your stay enjoyable. They even deliver firewood and ice right to your site. Speaking of sites, they come with electric and water hookups, making it easy for both tent and RV campers. Just a heads-up, the sites are a bit close together, but there's plenty of green space around to stretch out.

For those traveling with pets, you'll be happy to know that the campground is pet-friendly, as long as your furry friends are on a leash. The facilities include clean showers with great water pressure, toilets, and a sanitary dump station. There's also a market nearby for any last-minute supplies you might need.

If you're into hiking or just a leisurely stroll, there are well-maintained trails around the lake. Plus, there are pavilions and picnic tables if you want to have a meal outdoors. The campground is also a great stopping point if you're on a longer road trip, being about 8 hours from Denver.

In short, Lake Shawnee County Campground offers a mix of natural beauty and convenient amenities, making it a fantastic spot for a getaway. Whether you're here for a night or a week, you'll find plenty to enjoy.

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Location

Lake Shawnee County Campground is located in Kansas

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Directions

From I-70 (East Topeka Tnpk exit): Go 1/2 mi SE on 21st St, then 1-1/2 mi S on Croco Rd, then 1/2 mi W on East Edge Rd.

Address

3435 SE Eastedge Road
Topeka, KS 66605

Coordinates

39.00339921 N
95.623206 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site
  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.

Stay Connected

  • WiFi
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  • Verizon
    Good
  • AT&T
    Good
  • T-Mobile
    Fair

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Group

Features

For Campers

  • Market
  • ADA Access
  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Firewood Available
  • Phone Service
  • Reservable
  • WiFi
  • Showers
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Sanitary Dump
  • Sewer Hookups
  • Water Hookups
  • Big Rig Friendly

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m
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2023

Nice and scenic

The sites are a little close but nothing crazy. The lake is beautiful and the campground is clean and neat.

SiteE4
Month of VisitSeptember
Victoria S.
Reviewed May. 10, 2023

Amazing park

This was a hidden gem that we found! It was $22 a night with very clean showers (amazing water pressure), laundry, grocery store 5 minutes away, and a lake that was so much fun to swim in. Parts of the park is closed due to them adding to it but we were told it would open my the summer. The dump station is across the street.

Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Lake Shawnee County Campground by Victoria S., May 10, 2023
  • Review photo of Lake Shawnee County Campground by Victoria S., May 10, 2023
  • Review photo of Lake Shawnee County Campground by Victoria S., May 10, 2023
SThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2022

Quiet, clean, lots to do

A lot of well maintained trails and a park as well as pavilions and a lake. Very quiet, I would recommend

Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of Lake Shawnee County Campground by Sabrina E., October 2, 2022
  • Review photo of Lake Shawnee County Campground by Sabrina E., October 2, 2022
CThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2022

Well kept beside the lake

Stayed on the quiet side; can get busy in certain sections. Friendly staff, clean facilities. Perfect spot for our truck topper. Dog friendly (on a leash ;). About 8 hours from Denver and a great stopping point for a multi day trip.

Site7
Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of Lake Shawnee County Campground by Colleen B., October 2, 2022
  • Review photo of Lake Shawnee County Campground by Colleen B., October 2, 2022
Whitley M.
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2022

Great campground!

It’s my first time solo camping (female) and i did not feel like i was unsafe whatsoever. It’s a closed campground so you can only get in with a reservation. The spots are pretty close together but no one was ever loud and there’s lots of grassy space behind. (I was on a water front spot). Pet friendly, and the staff are so nice. If you buy firewood and ice from them they deliver it to your campground for you! Easy set up with power and water hookups. I’ll definitely come back!

Site105
Month of VisitSeptember
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  • Review photo of Lake Shawnee County Campground by Whitley M., August 14, 2022
  • Review photo of Lake Shawnee County Campground by Whitley M., August 14, 2022
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Holly H.
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2022

Great Lake views

Beautiful lake and great sunset. Tent spots are on gravel so bring a very good sleeping pad

Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Lake Shawnee County Campground by Holly H., July 19, 2022
Travis M.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 15, 2022

Wonderful spot with a lot of lake activities

Wonderful spot with lots of lake activities. Entire lake has large path around it. Good fishing, beach, and baseball fields. We’re here for a tournament. No septic at site, but central dump is clean and far from the camp sites.

Site10
Month of VisitJune
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John C.
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2022

Even without full hookups the quiet well kept campground is worth it.

The Beauty and peaceful campground suits my wife and I. The showers and laundry areas are clean and well kept. The staff is very nice to talk to. The big draw back is no sewer hookup. There is a dump station close to the entrance that is free for campers staying here. The other draw back is during winter the water is shut off. Again there is water at the dump station. This said the staff showed me plans that have been approved to add pull through sites, full hookups, and cabins. We really enjoy the beautiful sunrises and sunsets and all the geese on the lake.

M
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2021

Nice place!

Nice, clean campground. The bathhouse is warm, a nice plus! This is early November, so a warm bathhouse gets extra points. The spaces are very, very close together, but the lake is pretty. Lots of open green space around the campground. Feels safe, easy to register. A nice green oasis in a city! Great price!

Site55
Month of VisitDecember
  • Review photo of Lake Shawnee County Campground by Mimi , November 2, 2021
J
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2021

Beautiful and quiet

The sites are large and reasonably priced. It is a clean, quiet and beautiful setting. Even though they do not have sewer hookups at this time they do plan to install them. Sites for tents up to large fifth wheels fit here. The staff is excellent!

Site26
Month of VisitOctober
  • Review photo of Lake Shawnee County Campground by John C., October 22, 2021
  • Review photo of Lake Shawnee County Campground by John C., October 22, 2021
  • Review photo of Lake Shawnee County Campground by John C., October 22, 2021
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l
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2021

Lake Shawnee Campground

Nice place. Tight quarters and you will need to use your levelers.

Site97
Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Lake Shawnee County Campground by lisa C., July 18, 2021
Lee D.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2021

So much to do and very close to Topeka

General: In addition to a campground, this county park has so much to offer including a seven-mile paved path around Lake Shawnee, disc golf, a heated fishing dock, softball complex, golf course, boat ramps, tennis courts, playground, picnic shelters, arboretum, and the Ted Ensley Gardens. The office was open until 7 pm so check-in was a breeze and the staff very friendly and welcoming. 

Sites/Facilities: The campground itself has 119 sites, situated on a peninsula jutting into the lake. All have water and electric (some 30 amp and some 50 amp). Many have views of the lake but unfortunately, they are all back-in and stacked up very close to each other so there is no privacy between sites. Our site (96) was on the end, so we had privacy on one side but could easily hear people in neighboring sites. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. The fee is very reasonable ($20 or$18 for seniors). 

Activities: I saw people fishing in the lake, there is a nice playground, and there is a paved path around the lake which made for a nice walk. 

Restrooms: There are two restroom/shower/laundry facilities that were very clean (they had been cleaned by the time I went in at 7:30 am). 

Conclusion: You are not far from downtown Topeka so you will hear road noise and the occasional siren, but this campground and all facilities are a nice oasis near an urban area. I definitely recommend visiting the Ted Ensley gardens while there (no additional admission, by donation only).

Site96
Month of VisitOctober
  • Review photo of Lake Shawnee County Campground by Lee D., April 1, 2021
  • Review photo of Lake Shawnee County Campground by Lee D., April 1, 2021
  • Review photo of Lake Shawnee County Campground by Lee D., April 1, 2021
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L
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2020

Parking lot on a lake

This was a quick stop for us the Friday after thanksgiving. 9 min off the highway. there is a Christmas light display over the holiday causing traffic entering the park around 6 pm. The camping spots were just 2 parking spaces, there were tables around and some fire pits. The bathrooms were warm and very clean. My kids enjoyed walking around and seeing the lights. The lake is beautiful. Would stop again for a quick over night and a morning fish or walk.

  • Review photo of Lake Shawnee County Campground by Lila D., November 28, 2020
Todd P.
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2020

We will be back

This was such a nice, clean, and beautiful lakeside campground. It rained the entire time we were there, so we did not get to fully enjoy the lake, but we will return!

Jeffrey C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2019

Nice view, but...

...essentially row housing for trailers. ZERO privacy or space from your neighbors. Nice looking lake and glad to have a cheap spot to park, but not a destination for us...just passing through. Would fit the bill if looking for a local place to stay in/near Topeka, but not planning to return. Site 97 is sloped towards the lake and am barely able to stabilize the trailer.

  • Review photo of Lake Shawnee County Campground by Jeffrey C., July 14, 2019
R
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2019

Lake view

Beautiful place with low rates

  • Review photo of Lake Shawnee County Campground by Ron & Bridget S., June 18, 2019
Sarah C.
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2018

Perfect little county campground

Beautiful gated lakeside campground in SE Topeka that can accommodate almost any camper type. There are pull through and back in sites. All are gravel with a picnic table and fire ring. The sites are fairly level and easy to navigate. There is a playground, picnic pavilion, swim beach, laundry, fishing dock and 2 clean bathhouses. The sites are close together, but most will have a view of the lake. There are 50 and 30 amp hook ups and water hook ups. No sewer, but there is a dump station on-site. Rental bikes are near the office to ride around the trail that goes 7 miles around the lake. The whole lake area has a lot going on: softball and baseball fields, multiple playgrounds, disc golf, golf course, tennis courts, paddle boat/canoe rentals, amazing gardens, etc. Several restaurants including fast food, pizza, donut shop, Chinese, 2 bar and grills, and Mexican food are very nearby. There is also a Dollar General, urgent care clinic, liquor store and 2 gas stations. It’s a great location just a few miles south of 1-70. Normally sites are $20/night, $18/night for seniors. Highly recommend!

  • Review photo of Lake Shawnee County Campground by Sarah C., August 3, 2018
  • Review photo of Lake Shawnee County Campground by Sarah C., August 3, 2018
  • Review photo of Lake Shawnee County Campground by Sarah C., August 3, 2018
J
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2018

Right In Town

This is a nice camp ground at a lake, right in Topeka. Close to downtown and the capital. Sections of the park are open year round. It is a busy park with lots of people around. Sites are mostly gravel and pretty close together. But the park, restrooms and shower houses are clean. Great place to stay if you need something in town. As a bonus starting the weekend of Thanksgiving through Christmas they have a holiday light display. Thousands of cars drive through each year, and you can walk through on foot. You can camp right in the middle of the display. Even though we only live about an hour away we have been up to this event and camped twice.

Month of VisitJanuary
  • Review photo of Lake Shawnee County Campground by Jeff H., June 1, 2018
  • Review photo of Lake Shawnee County Campground by Jeff H., June 1, 2018
Michelle D.
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2017

Better than the motel.

I was a co presenter at a KOTA conference in Topeka. Made plans to stay with a friend but that fell through. I carry the basic camping supplies with me at all times in the trunk. Opened my Dyrt app to locate an alternative to motels and found Shawnee Lake. What a gem! Had everything I need and a bonus of what I loved. This place is like a camping village inside the city.

Month of VisitOctober
  • Review photo of Lake Shawnee County Campground by Michelle D., September 15, 2017
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Tommie J.
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2016

Getaway in the city!

If you're looking for a remote getaway, this isn't it. Lots of people and just on the edge of Topeka. It is a nice family campground though. Fishing swimming, hiking, boating, golfing and many other things to do.

Camping sites are fine and the facilities are well maintained.

Nice way to introduce kids to camping!

  • Review photo of Lake Shawnee County Campground by Tommie J., September 28, 2016
  • Review photo of Lake Shawnee County Campground by Tommie J., September 28, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to camp at Lake Shawnee County Campground?

Camping at Lake Shawnee County Campground can starts at $20.00.

Does Lake Shawnee County Campground have RV hookups?

According to TheDyrt.com, Lake Shawnee County Campground has water hookups and sewer hookups.

Are fires allowed at Lake Shawnee County Campground?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, fires are allowed at Lake Shawnee County Campground, although make sure to check current fire restrictions in the area.

Does Lake Shawnee County Campground have wifi?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Lake Shawnee County Campground does have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at Lake Shawnee County Campground?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is good, AT&T is good, and T-Mobile is fair.