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My Hometown Lake

Inexpensive camping

Great!

Have stayed at this lake many times over the last 35 years, both in a tent and a camper. There are sites for everything. I've even seen people sleep in the bed of their pickup trucks. Full service, no service, whatever you need. Bath houses are cared for daily.

Shady lakeside camping

plenty of campsites of all kinds. Tent sites,electric only,water and electric and full hookups. Boat launches close to most sites. No marina on the lake but just 5 miles to 2 towns with services. Lots of shade. Restrooms/ showers are clean.

Awesome time to hang out here

Great time to chill and hangout around the fire. Good facilities great time riding bikes

My favorite place to camp

Hang out at Afton. Chill spots everywhere. Good place to bring your bike and ride in the mornings. Campfire and hang out with the boys

Nice chill environment

Great place to hang out with the family. Awesome for fishing in the boat if, you can find the right spot!!

I love Cheney. Great place to take the boat out

Awesome camp sites. Good facilities. Fun time

Very nice low key. Easy to find. Friendly staff.

State park. Reservations accepted. Horse friendly. Over 600 acres of equestrian trails

tent and rv sites. Good, clean restroom/showers.

Clean, quiet, family/dog friendly, affordable

This location is well maintained with multiple tent camping spots and a few electric. The owners take great pride in keeping it this way. The mountain bike trails as well as hiking trails are perfect for beginners to experts. It is large enough for wake but we love taking our kayaks out.

Big Oak Campground

You'd think the Big Oak Campground in El Dorado State Park would be amazing. It's shaded with huge trees, nice sized sites some of which are very spread out, a quick walk to the swim beach and a quick drive to put your boat in the water. Unfortunately these pluses are far outweighed by the negatives. First the bathrooms were horrible. I realize they are older restrooms but they smelled awful, they were never obviously cleaned, the showers were not even a tiny bit private, the door to the restroom was broken and had to be propped open with a tree branch. Just over the bridge at the swim beach they were worse and some of the doors in the women’s room were missing. Yuck! Secondly basic campground rules were not enforced at all. The site across from us easily had 30 people camping and were up until 4am with loud music and a bright light on. I’m not kidding, my daughter was up around 3 to use the restroom and we walked by twice. The family in the site next to us had at least 4 cars and 2 tents set up outside the site on the walking path in addition to their two tents in their own site. The dog free swim beach had dogs on it. We camp with our dogs, one of which loves to swim and even I don’t want dogs on a public beach. Our camping weekend was negatively affected by poor camping etiquette and a sever lack of basic rule enforcement. We won’t be back to El Dorado State Park Big Oak campsite any time soon, at least not during the busy summer camping season. Cross Timbers and Fall River are much better!

Walnut River Area, Big Oak Campground

You'd think the Big Oak Campground in El Dorado State Park would be amazing. It's shaded with huge trees, nice sized sites some of which are very spread out, a quick walk to the swim beach and a quick drive to put your boat in the water. Unfortunately these pluses are far outweighed by the negatives. First the bathrooms were horrible. I realize they are older restrooms but they smelled awful, they were never obviously cleaned, the showers were not even a tiny bit private, the door to the restroom was broken and had to be propped open with a tree branch. Just over the bridge at the swim beach they were worse and some of the doors in the women’s room were missing. Yuck! Secondly basic campground rules were not enforced at all. The site across from us easily had 30 people camping and were up until 4am with loud music and a bright light on. I’m not kidding, my daughter was up around 3 to use the restroom and we walked by twice. The family in the site next to us had at least 4 cars and 2 tents set up outside the site on the walking path in addition to their two tents in their own site. The dog free swim beach had dogs on it. We camp with our dogs, one of which loves to swim and even I don’t want dogs on a public beach. Our camping weekend was negatively affected by poor camping etiquette and a sever lack of basic rule enforcement. We won’t be back to El Dorado State Park Big Oak campsite any time soon. Cross Timbers and Fall River are much better!

Toto, we’re not coming to Kansas anymore.

BeautifIl campgrynd but too crowded and no enforcement of rules. Bathrooms were terrible. all shower stalls face each other with no curtains. smelled awful, stall doors barely closed. we have stayed in many state parks and this was the worst.

swimming area was ok but no rule enforcement. dumpsters overflowing.

Private but Crowded

Beautiful lakeside camping just outside of Denver. Campsites are a bit close together, but great for groups! No hookups here but you have bathroom facilities and a visitor center where you can buy firewood. Campfires allowed in the fire pits. If you have an RV beware quiet hours from 10pm to 8am, no generators allowed. Lake is perfect for paddleboarding, kayaking and fishing and you will most likely have phone service if you are with AT&T or Verizon. Many day use areas, however vehicles and individuals are charged. For campers, if you bring more than one vehicle you will be charged daily for any additional ones. No drinking water is available, you must bring your own. Dirt roads to the lake are rough and narrow. Close to Deckers for incidentals. Intersects with the Colorado trail for hiking and biking and close to the Colorado River for tubing!

Well maintained but needs more full hookups and more nice showers.

Good place to stay some spots have shade. There is a convenient store down the road and the office does sell a few things like ice and minnows. Need better roads way to much dirt and only one bath house that we would use and it needed to be cleaned.

what the French Kansas!

most screwed up backward spot choices I've ever seen. seriously. does not make sense. clean area but seriously the spots…

Frequently visit here

Not a lot of water but good for kayak fishing. Decent waking trails and campground. Dated facilities but fairly clean. Nice in the fall- Turkey and Deer.

Been there many times

Most campsites have easy access to the lake. Facilities are dated but, for the most part, clean. Fairly quiet but can get rowdy during holidays.

First to Review
good camp

easy to get to. people are super helpful

Pretty basic but close to home

This is a nice smaller lake that is fairly close to Wichita. Great staff on board. Electric only but the office lets you fill your fresh water tank by the entrance and there is a dump station. Swim beach & great for tent camping. This was the first lake we went to as new RV owners.

Growing pains

This lake & park is going through a lot of renovations but should be pretty nice when completed.

Love the park, not the bait store!

Park is nice & clean! Ross at the main entrance is a great guy with lots of information about the parks & lake. Camp host at Sunflower Meadows was nice & helpful. I would give the park 5 stars but the man at the Bluestem Bait & General Store was very rude! So rude that we made the 12 mile drive back to El Dorado to buy all our supplies & bait at Walmart & Angler's Bait & Tackle. The man at Angler's Bait & Tackle was very helpful & went out of his way to help make our camping & fishing trip enjoyable! Just goes to show that customer service can make you or break you. Will definately be going back to Bluestem Point but not to Bluestem Bait & General Store!

Called hobie beach for a reason

This is the place to go locally if you are going to do a little bit of sailing. There is a local club, and clubhouse, and they have events during the summer time. there is some nice sand areas to launch from, and a decent amount of land for tents camping with RV hookups close to this point. they have bathrooms but no showers here.

Memorial Day Weekend

This is a popular weekend get-away. It's less than an hour from Wichita, clean, taken care of. There's plenty of options (primitive, water/electric/sewer, picnic use, boat ramps). My experience over the holiday weekends has usually been that's when the rowdy crowd shows up but this campground was comfortable and family-oriented.

First to Review
Beautiful City Park

Lots of hookups(20-50 amp) Shade everywhere. Clean restrooms and free hot showers. Dump station. Large group shelters and a nice/new performance stage. RecognIzed disk golf course, horse shoes, basketball, sand volleyball and children’s playground. Fantastic nearby grocery/general store.

El Dorado State Park Bluestem for an easy, laid-back weekend!

Restrooms with showers and dumpsters (for you campsite garbage) are widely available during camping season. The designated swim areas are great for the whole family because there is a wide and far out area that doesn't get too deep while being roped off. NO STICKERS IN THE GRASS AT THE DESIGNATED CAMP SITES!!!!! At some sites, you can fish just feet from your tent. Beware at the box turtle camp site though, a channel runs 3-4 feet out from the shore and drops about 12 feet QUICK so don't swim there! The general store and bait shop at Bluestem is wonderful. If you visit Kansas State Parks frequently, it pays to purchase an annual vehicle permit early in the year when they are discounted rather than pay per day every time you visit.

Beautiful view and nice sites

Lake view is great and the sites are big! Ranger lives on site and super helpful!!

Great Spot for a Short Trip

We will stay here for overnight trips since it's only about 40 minutes from home. We usually stay on the Walnut River side as there is a large playground with tent sites close enough to keep an eye on the kiddos. They also have a swim area on this side. Bathroom and shower are next to the playground which is also convenient for us. There are some cool little hiking spots to explore. We just kicked off camping season last weekend here.

Nice Little Spot

This is a nice little spot that's pretty close to home for us. It's got 2 swim beaches, one on each side. Not too many large boats since it's a small lake, last summer they had paddle boards for rent. Most campsites have a fire pit & picnic table & are waterfront. Firewood is available for purchase on site. There's a pretty little waterfall that's easy to hike to that my kids like to play in. Great for a quick overnight trip.

Always our go to spot!!

We normally camp here every weekend that we are able to as it’s a short drive for us. Camp hosts are very friendly and it is well taken care of. They just added new shower houses and are really improving what was already a great place to camp.

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Graet Little Area

Three nice campgrounds, large playground, fishing and a swim beach. Worth the stop with the kids.