Best Camping near Ellinwood, KS

Join the fun near Ellinwood. With tons of outdoor activities and scenic camping, this is an excellent vacation spot for all kinds of travelers. Aside from great camping spots, you'll find hiking and many more outdoor experiences. Thinking of traveling with kids? You're in luck—Ellinwood is surrounded by family-friendly activities. You're sure to find the perfect spot for your Kansas camping adventure.

Best Camping Sites Near Ellinwood, KS (61)

    Camper-submitted photo from Wilson State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Wilson State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Wilson State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Wilson State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Wilson State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Wilson State Park Campground

    1.

    Wilson State Park Campground

    26 Reviews
    117 Photos
    163 Saves
    Wilson, Kansas

    Located right about in the heart of Kansas, approximately 60 miles west of Salina, Wilson Lake is somewhat of an anomaly among the state’s otherwise flat and featureless plains. This 9,000-acre reservoir, created by the damming of the Saline River, is surrounded by scenic cliffs and sculpted outcrops within the region’s low Smoky Hills. These hills consist of Dakota and Kiowa sandstone formations that were deposited during the Cretaceous Period. Boasting three recreation areas (Wilson Lake State Park, Minooka Park, and Lucas Park), as well as an 8,000-acre Wildlife Area, Wilson Lake offers locals and visitors ample opportunities to get outdoors for camping, hiking, biking, fishing, and wildlife watching. The year-round campgrounds at Wilson State Park feature 240 sites for tent and RV campers in two main areas: Hell Creek and Otoe. Within these areas, campsites are situated around the shores of State Park Cove and Hell Creek Cove, and many have nice views of the lake. RV campers can choose from full- or partial-hookup sites, with back-in or pull-through drives; tent campers have access to primitive sites. Most sites are open and exposed. All are equipped with picnic tables and cooking grills, and have access to water faucets, flush and vault toilets, showers, and cooking shelters. Dump stations are available in both areas. Campsite rates are $10–$24/night, plus vehicle fee; weekly and annual rates are available. The park provides two boat launches for recreational and fishing watercraft, as well as docks and a fish-cleaning station. Common catches in the lake include striped, spotted and smallmouth bass, bluegill, crappie, walleye, and catfish. Paddlers can launch kayaks, canoes and SUPs from anywhere along the shoreline. A swimming area is located in State Park Cove in the Hell Creek Area. Mountain bikers can enjoy riding on the 25-mile Switchgrass Trail, and the 1-mile, barrier-free Cedar Trail is nice nature path for the mobility impaired. Bird and wildlife watchers should be on the lookout for white-tailed deer, rabbits, quail, turkeys, and a variety of resident and migratory waterfowl, songbirds and raptors.

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Cheyenne Bottoms Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cheyenne Bottoms Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cheyenne Bottoms Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cheyenne Bottoms Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cheyenne Bottoms Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cheyenne Bottoms Campground

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    Cheyenne Bottoms Campground

    8 Reviews
    31 Photos
    40 Saves
    Hoisington, Kansas
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • ADA Access
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Trash
    • Picnic Table
    Camper-submitted photo from Kanopolis State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Kanopolis State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Kanopolis State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Kanopolis State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Kanopolis State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Kanopolis State Park Campground

    3.

    Kanopolis State Park Campground

    11 Reviews
    19 Photos
    43 Saves
    Marquette, Kansas

    Kanopolis State Park Campground, near Marquette, KS, is a gem for anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. This place has it all: stunning sunsets, a beach area, and hiking trails that will make you feel like you're in the heart of nature. The campground is open all year, so you can enjoy its beauty no matter the season.

    One of the standout features here is the variety of accommodations. Whether you're into tent camping, RVs, cabins, or even glamping, there's something for everyone. The campground also offers electric and water hookups, showers, and toilets, making your stay comfortable and convenient.

    Visitors often rave about the scenic trails, especially the Buffalo Track Canyon Trail, which boasts gorgeous views and small caves. If you're into fishing, the kids' pond is stocked with catfish, providing a fun experience for the whole family. And don't miss out on Mushroom Rock for a unique photo opportunity.

    The campground is also pet-friendly, so feel free to bring your furry friends along. Just remember to clean up after yourselves to keep the area pristine for everyone. Some reviewers have noted that the park can be a bit confusing to navigate, but the park hosts are usually around to help you find your way.

    Overall, Kanopolis State Park Campground offers a fantastic mix of natural beauty and modern amenities, making it a perfect spot for a relaxing getaway. Whether you're hiking, fishing, or just kicking back by the lake, you're in for a treat.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Minooka Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Minooka Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Minooka Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Minooka Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Minooka Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Minooka Park

    4.

    Minooka Park

    12 Reviews
    20 Photos
    44 Saves
    Dorrance, Kansas

    Overview

    Minooka Park Campground is located on the south side of Wilson Lake in the wide open spaces of central Kansas. Named for the Otoe Indian word meaning "Good Earth," this park offers many campsites with scenic lake views and excellent shoreline access.

    Recreation

    Boating is the most popular pastime on the lake, with plenty of room for water skiing, wake boarding, jet skiing, sailing and more. The high salinity content of the Saline River makes drinking and irrigation difficult without special treatment, but it aids the stocking of ocean-native Striped Bass, which have been known to reach enormous sizes in Wilson Lake. This and many other game fish species have been enhanced by a stocking program conducted by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. Walleye, Large and Smallmouth bass can be found in abundance in the lake, as well as White bass, Striped bass, and channel and flathead catfish. Several trails are also available to visitors, including the Prairie Fire Trail, a self-guided interpretive trail. Wilson Lake also offers hunting opportunities for a variety of game animals, including pheasant, quail, prairie chicken, whitetail deer, turkey, waterfowl and rabbit.

    Facilities

    Boating is the most popular pastime on the lake, with plenty of room for water skiing, wake boarding, jet skiing, sailing and more. The high salinity content of the Saline River makes drinking and irrigation difficult without special treatment, but it aids the stocking of ocean-native Striped Bass, which have been known to reach enormous sizes in Wilson Lake. This and many other game fish species have been enhanced by a stocking program conducted by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. Walleye, Large and Smallmouth bass can be found in abundance in the lake, as well as White bass, Striped bass, and channel and flathead catfish. Several trails are also available to visitors, including the Prairie Fire Trail, a self-guided interpretive trail. Wilson Lake also offers hunting opportunities for a variety of game animals, including pheasant, quail, prairie chicken, whitetail deer, turkey, waterfowl and rabbit.

    Natural Features

    Wilson lake, known as the "clearest lake in Kansas," is located in the Smoky Hills of North Central Kansas--a rolling landscape of hills, buttes and hazy valleys. Also known as Post Rock Country, the area contains thousands of miles of stone fenceposts and buildings that have been constructed out of the area's local limestone. This and other unique geologic formations and mixed grass prairie lands provide an excellent scenic backdrop for recreation around the lake.

    Nearby Attractions

    Visitors may want to explore other nearby recreation areas including Lucas and Sylvan Parks, as well as Wilson State Park, located on the south side of the lake. The nearby town of Lucas is known for its unique artistic spirit and attractions, while the town of Wilson and other nearby communities offer visitors a rich historical heritage to explore.

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

    $20 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Triple J RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Triple J RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Triple J RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Triple J RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Triple J RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Triple J RV Park

    5.

    Triple J RV Park

    10 Reviews
    29 Photos
    7 Saves
    Dorrance, Kansas

    Welcome to Triple J RV Park! This spot is a gem for those looking for a convenient and comfortable place to rest during their travels. Nestled near Russell, KS, this campground offers a mix of amenities that cater to both RV and tent campers.

    One of the standout features here is the full hookups available at many sites, making it a breeze for RV travelers to settle in. The sites are spacious and level, with gravel pads and grassy areas in between, providing a pleasant and easy setup. You'll also find covered picnic tables at most sites, perfect for enjoying a meal outdoors.

    The campground is known for its friendly and accommodating staff. Visitors often mention how welcoming and helpful the hosts are, which adds a personal touch to your stay. Plus, the campground is pet-friendly, so feel free to bring your furry friends along.

    For those who enjoy a bit of nature, the mature shade trees scattered throughout the park offer a lovely backdrop and some much-needed shade during the hotter months. And if you need to stretch your legs, there's a good dog run area for your pets to enjoy.

    While the campground is conveniently close to Interstate 70, making it an easy stop for cross-country travelers, it does mean there's some highway noise. However, many find the convenience outweighs the noise, especially for a quick overnight stay.

    In terms of facilities, you'll find clean bathrooms and showers, though some visitors have noted that the bathrooms could use a bit more attention. There's also a laundry room available, which is a nice perk for those on longer trips.

    Overall, Triple J RV Park is a solid choice for a night or two, offering a mix of convenience, comfort, and friendly service. Whether you're just passing through or need a reliable spot to rest, this campground has got you covered.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
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      Hoisington RV Park

      1 Review
      Hoisington, Kansas
      • Electric Hookups
      • Phone Service
      • RVs
      • Trash
      • Drinking Water
      Camper-submitted photo from Minooka - Wilson Reservoir
      Camper-submitted photo from Minooka - Wilson Reservoir
      Camper-submitted photo from Minooka - Wilson Reservoir
      Camper-submitted photo from Minooka - Wilson Reservoir
      Camper-submitted photo from Minooka - Wilson Reservoir
      Camper-submitted photo from Minooka - Wilson Reservoir

      7.

      Minooka - Wilson Reservoir

      8 Reviews
      17 Photos
      50 Saves
      Dorrance, Kansas
      • Pets
      • Fires
      • Electric Hookups
      • Phone Service
      • Reservable
      • RVs
      Camper-submitted photo from Lucas Park
      Camper-submitted photo from Lucas Park
      Camper-submitted photo from Lucas Park
      Camper-submitted photo from Lucas Park
      Camper-submitted photo from Lucas Park
      Camper-submitted photo from Lucas Park

      8.

      Lucas Park

      8 Reviews
      41 Photos
      46 Saves
      Lucas, Kansas

      Overview

      Lucas Park Campground is located on the north side of Wilson Lake in the wide open spaces of central Kansas.

      Recreation

      Boating is the most popular pastime on the lake, with plenty of room for water skiing, wake boarding, jet skiing, sailing and more. Populations of many game fish species have been enhanced by a stocking program conducted by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. Walleye, Large and Smallmouth bass can be found in abundance in the lake, as well as White bass, Striped bass, and channel and flathead catfish. Several trails are available to visitors, including the Bur Oak Nature Trail, a 3/4-mile nature walk located adjacent to Sylvan Park. The Rocktown Hiking Trail, located in the western part of Lucas Park, is a 3-mile loop trail situated in a 305-acre wildlife area. Massive red sandstone rock formations rise 15 to 30 feet above the ground and give the visual impression of a city skyline, giving it the name Rocktown. Trail brochures are available at the trail entrance. Wilson Lake also offers hunting opportunities for a variety of game animals, including pheasant, quail, prairie chicken, whitetail deer, turkey, waterfowl and rabbit.

      Facilities

      Boating is the most popular pastime on the lake, with plenty of room for water skiing, wake boarding, jet skiing, sailing and more. Populations of many game fish species have been enhanced by a stocking program conducted by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. Walleye, Large and Smallmouth bass can be found in abundance in the lake, as well as White bass, Striped bass, and channel and flathead catfish. Several trails are available to visitors, including the Bur Oak Nature Trail, a 3/4-mile nature walk located adjacent to Sylvan Park. The Rocktown Hiking Trail, located in the western part of Lucas Park, is a 3-mile loop trail situated in a 305-acre wildlife area. Massive red sandstone rock formations rise 15 to 30 feet above the ground and give the visual impression of a city skyline, giving it the name Rocktown. Trail brochures are available at the trail entrance. Wilson Lake also offers hunting opportunities for a variety of game animals, including pheasant, quail, prairie chicken, whitetail deer, turkey, waterfowl and rabbit.

      Natural Features

      Wilson lake, known as the "clearest lake in Kansas," is located in the Smoky Hills of North Central Kansas--a rolling landscape of hills, buttes and hazy valleys. Also known as Post Rock Country, the area contains thousands of miles of stone fenceposts and buildings that have been constructed out of the area's local limestone. This and other unique geologic formations and mixed grass prairie lands provide an excellent scenic backdrop for recreation around the lake.

      Nearby Attractions

      Visitors may enjoy exploring other recreation areas around the lake, such as Sylvan and Minooka Parks as well as Wilson State Park, located on the south side of the lake. The nearby town of Lucas is known for its unique artistic spirit and attractions, while the town of Wilson and other close by communities offer visitors a rich historical heritage to explore.

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

      $300 / night

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        Lyons City Campground

        1 Review
        6 Saves
        Lorraine, Kansas
        • Pets
        • Electric Hookups
        • Phone Service
        • RVs
        • Tents
        • Trash
        Camper-submitted photo from Eagle Point Campground — Kanopolis State Park
        Camper-submitted photo from Eagle Point Campground — Kanopolis State Park
        Camper-submitted photo from Eagle Point Campground — Kanopolis State Park
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        Camper-submitted photo from Eagle Point Campground — Kanopolis State Park
        Camper-submitted photo from Eagle Point Campground — Kanopolis State Park
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      Frequently Asked Questions

      Which is the most popular campground near Ellinwood, KS?

      According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Ellinwood, KS is Wilson State Park Campground with a 4.7-star rating from 26 reviews.

      What parks are near Ellinwood, KS?

      According to TheDyrt.com, there are 8 parks near Ellinwood, KS that allow camping, notably John Day Lock and Dam, Lake Umatilla and Michael J Kirwan Lake.