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    Camper-submitted photo from Chase State Fishing Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Chase State Fishing Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Chase State Fishing Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Chase State Fishing Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Chase State Fishing Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Chase State Fishing Lake

    1.

    Chase State Fishing Lake

    12 Reviews
    48 Photos
    152 Saves
    Cottonwood Falls, Kansas

    The lake has a steep to shallow rocky shoreline and shallow mudflats on the upper end. Water clarity is usually very good. Eight fishing piers and many rock and brush fish attractors enhance angling opportunities at the lake. Fair to excellent populations of channel catfish, black bass, saugeye, crappie, white bass, and bluegill are found in the lake. Adjacent uplands primarily consist of native grass prairie. A diversity of wildflowers exists on the property and can provide outstanding viewing opportunities. Several small woody draws also exist on the property, primarily below the dam. Hunting is allowed but game populations are limited. The area does provide opportunities to hunt species such as quail, rabbit, white-tailed deer, turkey, squirrels, waterfowl, and prairie chicken. Camping is allowed (first come, first served) in designated areas along the north shore of the lake.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Tents
    Camper-submitted photo from Canning Creek
    Camper-submitted photo from Canning Creek
    Camper-submitted photo from Canning Creek
    Camper-submitted photo from Canning Creek
    Camper-submitted photo from Canning Creek
    Camper-submitted photo from Canning Creek

    2.

    Canning Creek

    6 Reviews
    28 Photos
    37 Saves
    Council Grove, Kansas

    Overview

    Canning Creek Cove Park is located on the 3,310-acre Council Grove Lake in the green expanses of eastern Kansas.

    Recreation

    Boating is a popular pastime at the lake, and two boat ramps are located in the campground for visitors' convenience. The lake is known for its fishing opportunities, with crappie and catfish being the most abundant. Council Grove was also the first lake in Kansas to receive stocking of Saugeye. Hunters will find populations of quail, prairie chicken, wild turkey and deer on the nearly 2,700 acres of public hunting land surrounding the lake. Hiking trails wind along the lakeshore and into the forest. Pioneer Nature Trail is known as the most scenic trail, with plenty of wildlife, greenery and wildflowers creating a beautiful background. Council Grove is also a starting point for the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway. This byway travels through the best of the remaining remnants of the Tallgrass Prairie Ecosystem in North America. Along the byway and 25 miles south is the National Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, where visitors can spot colorful wildflowers in the spring and array of autumn colors in the fall.

    Facilities

    Boating is a popular pastime at the lake, and two boat ramps are located in the campground for visitors' convenience. The lake is known for its fishing opportunities, with crappie and catfish being the most abundant. Council Grove was also the first lake in Kansas to receive stocking of Saugeye. Hunters will find populations of quail, prairie chicken, wild turkey and deer on the nearly 2,700 acres of public hunting land surrounding the lake. Hiking trails wind along the lakeshore and into the forest. Pioneer Nature Trail is known as the most scenic trail, with plenty of wildlife, greenery and wildflowers creating a beautiful background. Council Grove is also a starting point for the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway. This byway travels through the best of the remaining remnants of the Tallgrass Prairie Ecosystem in North America. Along the byway and 25 miles south is the National Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, where visitors can spot colorful wildflowers in the spring and array of autumn colors in the fall.

    Natural Features

    Council Grove Lake sits in the rolling, grassy prairie of east Kansas, known as the Flint Hills. The lake was created by a dam built in 1964, and now offers recreational opportunities to hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Historically this area is where the Osage Indians signed a treaty to establish the Old Santa Fe Trail. A marker in the town of Council Grove indicates the place where the treaty was signed.

    Nearby Attractions

    The town of Council Grove, located about 2 miles southeast of the lake, is a National Historic District, with seven Santa Fe National Historic Trail sites in the community.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $20 - $80 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Kansas View - Council Grove Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Kansas View - Council Grove Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Richey Cove
    Camper-submitted photo from Richey Cove
    Camper-submitted photo from Richey Cove
    Camper-submitted photo from Richey Cove
    Camper-submitted photo from Richey Cove
    Camper-submitted photo from Richey Cove

    4.

    Richey Cove

    2 Reviews
    19 Photos
    1 Save
    Council Grove, Kansas

    Overview

    Richey Cove Campground is located on the 3,310-acre Council Grove Lake in the green expanses of eastern Kansas.

    Recreation

    Boating is a popular pastime at the lake, and a boat ramp is located in the campground for visitors' convenience. The lake is known for its fishing opportunities, with crappie and catfish being the most abundant. Council Grove was also the first lake in Kansas to receive stocking of Saugeye. Hunters will find populations of quail, prairie chicken, wild turkey and deer on the nearly 2,700 acres of public hunting lands surrounding the lake. Hiking trails wind along the lake shore and into the forest. Pioneer Nature Trail is known as the most scenic trail, with plenty of wildlife, greenery and wildflowers creating a beautiful background. Council Grove is also a starting point for the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway. This byway travels through the best of the remaining remnants of the Tallgrass Prairie Ecosystem in North America. Along the byway and 25 miles south is the National Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, where visitors can spot colorful wildflowers in the spring and array of autumn colors in the fall.

    Facilities

    Boating is a popular pastime at the lake, and a boat ramp is located in the campground for visitors' convenience. The lake is known for its fishing opportunities, with crappie and catfish being the most abundant. Council Grove was also the first lake in Kansas to receive stocking of Saugeye. Hunters will find populations of quail, prairie chicken, wild turkey and deer on the nearly 2,700 acres of public hunting lands surrounding the lake. Hiking trails wind along the lake shore and into the forest. Pioneer Nature Trail is known as the most scenic trail, with plenty of wildlife, greenery and wildflowers creating a beautiful background. Council Grove is also a starting point for the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway. This byway travels through the best of the remaining remnants of the Tallgrass Prairie Ecosystem in North America. Along the byway and 25 miles south is the National Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, where visitors can spot colorful wildflowers in the spring and array of autumn colors in the fall.

    Natural Features

    Council Grove Lake sits in the rolling, grassy Flint Hills. The lake is created by a dam built in 1964, and now offers recreational opportunities to hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Historically this area is where the Osage Indians signed a treaty to establish the Old Santa Fe Trail. A marker in the town of Council Grove indicates the place where the treaty was signed.

    Nearby Attractions

    The town of Council Grove, located about 2 miles southeast of the lake, is a National Historic District, with seven Santa Fe National Historic Trail sites in the community.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $100 - $130 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Geary State Fishing Lake and Wildlife Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Geary State Fishing Lake and Wildlife Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Geary State Fishing Lake and Wildlife Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Geary State Fishing Lake and Wildlife Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Geary State Fishing Lake and Wildlife Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Geary State Fishing Lake and Wildlife Area

    5.

    Geary State Fishing Lake and Wildlife Area

    7 Reviews
    23 Photos
    38 Saves
    Junction City, Kansas

    The designated primitive camping area is free of charge and no reservations are needed. Camping is limited to 14 consecutive days on the property. There are several picnic shelters, fire rings and yard lights, one 2-stall vault toilet, and one boat ramp. There is no running water and no electrical outlets are available. There is a SAFETY ZONE posted from the east bluff above the campgrounds down to the lake edge. The remaining area is open to public hunting, fishing and trapping.

    Waterfall Information: This is the spillway of the lake and is located on the west side of the dam. Heavy flows are dependent on run off caused by rainfall events. This area is open to viewing only, a well worn path can be followed on foot across the dam to the waterfall. No swimming or climbing on rocks is allowed. Please help us keep everyone safe by staying out of the water and off the slippery rocks.

    Campground update: Several new fire rings and picnic tables were installed in the fall of 2018. A few large trees were taken out of the campground due to being too close to the power lines and some elms that were already dead. New trees may be planted to help provide more shade in the coming years.

    Fishing regulations are posted on the kiosks by the main entrance, the upper east road and next to the boat ramp. Lake maps and fishing regulation pamphlets are available at the kiosks at the main entrance, west side and east side.

    Geary State Fishing Lake and Wildlife Area is 10 miles south of Junction City. The 99-acre lake is surrounded by 180 acres of public hunting land which harbors good numbers of quail, pheasant, doves, squirrels, rabbits, white-tailed deer, beaver, muskrats, raccoons, coyotes, bobcats and numerous nongame birds and animals. The lake also serves as a stopover area for migrating waterfowl in the fall and spring. Several food plots are maintained each year to provide winter food for birds and other wildlife. The lake is an excellent clear lake. The lake has been stocked with largemouth bass, walleye, saugeye, channel catfish, flathead catfish, bluegill and crappie. The lake and public hunting area are open year round. Picnic tables, fireplace grills and camping areas are available for public use.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Tents
    Camper-submitted photo from COE Council Grove Lake Canning Creek Cove
    Camper-submitted photo from COE Council Grove Lake Canning Creek Cove
    Camper-submitted photo from COE Council Grove Lake Canning Creek Cove
    Camper-submitted photo from COE Council Grove Lake Canning Creek Cove
    Camper-submitted photo from Kansas View
    Camper-submitted photo from Kansas View
    Camper-submitted photo from Kansas View
    Camper-submitted photo from Kansas View
    Camper-submitted photo from Kansas View
    Camper-submitted photo from Kansas View

    7.

    Kansas View

    1 Review
    9 Photos
    2 Saves
    Council Grove, Kansas

    Overview

    Kanza View Picnic Shelter is located at the east end of Council Grove Dam just off Kansas Highway 177. It offers some of the most scenic views of the lake.

    Recreation

    Although Council Grove Lake has excellent fishing and boating opportunities, access to the water limits these activities at Kanza View. Picnicking and tent camping at Kanza View's primitive sites are this location's primary activities.

    Facilities

    Although Council Grove Lake has excellent fishing and boating opportunities, access to the water limits these activities at Kanza View. Picnicking and tent camping at Kanza View's primitive sites are this location's primary activities.

    Natural Features

    The park sits on top of a hill adjacent to the lake offering breathtaking lake views. Although the park has many open grassy areas interspersed with large Cottonwood and Oak trees, access to the lake is limited due to the steep, rocky terrain.

    Nearby Attractions

    Multiple developed campgrounds surround Council Grove Lake in the near vicinity. The town of Council Grove affords an array of historic sites and the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is 18 miles south on Highway 177.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Picnic Table

    $25 - $30 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Mill creek campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Mill creek campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Mill creek campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Mill creek campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Mill creek campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Mill creek campground

    8.

    Mill creek campground

    9 Reviews
    33 Photos
    65 Saves
    Wamego, Kansas
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $20 - $35 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Tuttle Creek State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Tuttle Creek State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Tuttle Creek State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Tuttle Creek State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Tuttle Creek State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Tuttle Creek State Park Campground

    9.

    Tuttle Creek State Park Campground

    14 Reviews
    37 Photos
    59 Saves
    Manhattan, Kansas

    Tuttle Creek State Park Campground, nestled near Manhattan, KS, is a gem for campers looking for a mix of nature and convenience. This place has it all—whether you're pitching a tent, parking an RV, or staying in a cabin. The campground is open all year, so you can enjoy its beauty no matter the season.

    One of the standout features here is the access to water. Many sites offer scenic lake views, and there's plenty of space for both motorized and human-powered watercraft. If you're into fishing or boating, you'll be in heaven. The sites are spacious and shaded, with lots of trees providing a cozy, natural feel. Some spots are right on the water, making for a picturesque camping experience.

    Electric and water hookups are available, and the campground is big-rig friendly, so no worries if you're rolling in with a larger RV. Fire rings with grills and picnic tables are standard, making it easy to cook up a meal and enjoy it outdoors. Pets are welcome too, so feel free to bring your furry friends along.

    The campground is well-maintained, with clean bath and shower houses and convenient dump stations. However, it's worth noting that some visitors have mentioned the bathrooms and showers could use a bit more attention.

    Navigating the campground can be a bit tricky due to its size, so having a map handy is a good idea, especially if you're arriving late. But once you find your spot, you'll appreciate the peace and quiet, along with the friendly atmosphere.

    If you're looking for a clean, safe, and quiet place to camp near Manhattan, Tuttle Creek State Park Campground is definitely worth a visit. Whether you're staying for a night or planning a longer getaway, this spot offers a great mix of natural beauty and practical amenities.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • RVs

    $24 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Santa Fe Trail
    Camper-submitted photo from Santa Fe Trail
    Camper-submitted photo from Santa Fe Trail
    Camper-submitted photo from Santa Fe Trail
    Camper-submitted photo from Santa Fe Trail
    Camper-submitted photo from Santa Fe Trail

    10.

    Santa Fe Trail

    1 Review
    15 Photos
    4 Saves
    Council Grove, Kansas

    Overview

    Santa Fe Trail Campground is located on the 3,310-acre Council Grove Lake in the green expanses of eastern Kansas.

    Recreation

    Boating is a popular pastime at the lake, and a boat ramp is located in the campground for visitors' convenience. The lake is known for its fishing opportunities, with crappie and catfish being the most abundant. Council Grove was also the first lake in Kansas to receive stocking of Saugeye. Hunters will find populations of quail, prairie chicken, wild turkey and deer on the nearly 2,700 acres of hunting lands surrounding the lake. Hiking trails wind along the lake shore and into the forest. Pioneer Nature Trail is known as the most scenic trail, with plenty of wildlife, greenery and wildflowers creating a beautiful background. Council Grove is also a starting point for the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway. This byway travels through the best of the remaining remnants of the Tallgrass Prairie Ecosystem in North America. Along the byway and 25 miles south is the National Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, where visitors can spot colorful wildflowers in the spring and array of autumn colors in the fall.

    Facilities

    Boating is a popular pastime at the lake, and a boat ramp is located in the campground for visitors' convenience. The lake is known for its fishing opportunities, with crappie and catfish being the most abundant. Council Grove was also the first lake in Kansas to receive stocking of Saugeye. Hunters will find populations of quail, prairie chicken, wild turkey and deer on the nearly 2,700 acres of hunting lands surrounding the lake. Hiking trails wind along the lake shore and into the forest. Pioneer Nature Trail is known as the most scenic trail, with plenty of wildlife, greenery and wildflowers creating a beautiful background. Council Grove is also a starting point for the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway. This byway travels through the best of the remaining remnants of the Tallgrass Prairie Ecosystem in North America. Along the byway and 25 miles south is the National Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, where visitors can spot colorful wildflowers in the spring and array of autumn colors in the fall.

    Natural Features

    Council Grove Lake sits in the rolling, grassy Flint Hills. The lake was created by a dam built in 1964, and now offers recreational opportunities to hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Historically this area is where the Osage Indians signed a treaty to establish the Old Santa Fe Trail. A marker in the town of Council Grove indicates the place where the treaty was signed.

    Nearby Attractions

    The town of Council Grove, located about 2 miles southeast of the lake, is a National Historic District, with seven Santa Fe National Historic Trail sites in the community.

    • Pets
    • Electric Hookups
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $27 - $140 / night

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