Best Camping near Lawrence, KS

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Best Camping Sites Near Lawrence, KS (94)

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

    1.

    Clinton State Park Campground

    35 Reviews
    82 Photos
    105 Saves
    Clinton Lake, Kansas

    This recreation area is part of Clinton Lake

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $10 - $65 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Bloomington East - Clinton Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Bloomington East - Clinton Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Bloomington East - Clinton Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Bloomington East - Clinton Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Bloomington East - Clinton Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Bloomington East - Clinton Lake

    2.

    Bloomington East - Clinton Lake

    21 Reviews
    43 Photos
    43 Saves
    Lawrence, Kansas

    Overview

    Bloomington East Park includes Cedar Ridge, Hickory/Walnut, and Oak Campgrounds, Ash and Elm Group Camps, and Bloomington Beach Picnic Shelters. The park is located just west of Clinton Lake, between the Rock Creek and Wakarusa River arms of the lake, and offers several different recreational options. Within Bloomington East Park, visitors have the opportunity to reserve picnic shelters and campsites, both for group camping and individual family camping.

    Recreation

    Bloomington Beach has a large sandy beach for swimming. Bloomington Beach requires a day use fee, for non-campers, between May 1 and September 30. There are horseshoe pits, sand volleyball courts and playgrounds located several places in Bloomington East Park, making it the perfect spot for families. Clinton Lake offers opportunities for boating, fishing, canoeing, jet skiing, swimming and countless other water sports, making it the main attraction in Bloomington East Park. The lake's fish and wildlife resources provide sightseers, fishermen, and hunters, ample opportunities for their sports, and Clinton Lake is well-stocked with crappie, walleye, channel catfish and white bass. Bloomington East Park has three boat ramps within a short driving distance of the campgrounds. These boat ramps (#5, 6 and 7) do require a day use fee, for non-campers, between April 1 and October 31. Visitors enjoy viewing bald eagles, white-tailed deer, Canada geese, wild turkey and other wildlife in abundance at Clinton Lake. Three trail systems are located around Clinton Lake, including the North Shore, South Shore and the George Latham Trails. All offer hiking, biking and equestrian opportunities within a 20 minute drive.

    Facilities

    Bloomington Beach has a large sandy beach for swimming. Bloomington Beach requires a day use fee, for non-campers, between May 1 and September 30. There are horseshoe pits, sand volleyball courts and playgrounds located several places in Bloomington East Park, making it the perfect spot for families. Clinton Lake offers opportunities for boating, fishing, canoeing, jet skiing, swimming and countless other water sports, making it the main attraction in Bloomington East Park. The lake's fish and wildlife resources provide sightseers, fishermen, and hunters, ample opportunities for their sports, and Clinton Lake is well-stocked with crappie, walleye, channel catfish and white bass. Bloomington East Park has three boat ramps within a short driving distance of the campgrounds. These boat ramps (#5, 6 and 7) do require a day use fee, for non-campers, between April 1 and October 31. Visitors enjoy viewing bald eagles, white-tailed deer, Canada geese, wild turkey and other wildlife in abundance at Clinton Lake. Three trail systems are located around Clinton Lake, including the North Shore, South Shore and the George Latham Trails. All offer hiking, biking and equestrian opportunities within a 20 minute drive.

    Natural Features

    Congress authorized Clinton Lake in 1962, and the finished reservoir was filled in 1980. While the Dam and Reservoir were originally built for flood control, the area has now become a recreational oasis for millions of visitors to enjoy the beautiful green Kansas backdrop. Clinton Lake's beautiful setting of steep bluffs, wooded shoreline and clean water is unequaled among Kansas lakes. Shoreline development has been limited in an effort to preserve as much of the natural setting as possible. Clinton Lake spans 8 miles up the Wakarusa Valley and covers 7,000 surface acres. If the lake ever approaches the top of its flood pool, an additional 5,800 acres will be covered, extending the area to 13 miles along the valley floor.

    Nearby Attractions

    The Visitor Center, located on the northwest side of the dam, has several informative displays covering topics such as the history of the area, reasons for the dam and the wildlife in the area. The Clinton Lake Museum, located within Bloomington East Park, has several informative displays covering topics like the history of the region and the Underground Railroad. The cities of Lawrence and Topeka are within a 30 minute drive.

    Charges & Cancellations

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

    $14 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Shawnee County Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Shawnee County Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Shawnee County Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Shawnee County Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Shawnee County Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Shawnee County Campground

    3.

    Lake Shawnee County Campground

    20 Reviews
    43 Photos
    75 Saves
    Topeka, Kansas

    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.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $20 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Woodridge
    Camper-submitted photo from Woodridge
    Camper-submitted photo from Woodridge
    Camper-submitted photo from Woodridge
    Camper-submitted photo from Woodridge
    Camper-submitted photo from Woodridge

    4.

    Woodridge

    13 Reviews
    22 Photos
    145 Saves
    Clinton Lake, Kansas

    This recreation area is part of Clinton Lake

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Trash
    Camper-submitted photo from Kansas City West-Lawrence KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Kansas City West-Lawrence KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Kansas City West-Lawrence KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Kansas City West-Lawrence KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Kansas City West-Lawrence KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Kansas City West-Lawrence KOA

    5.

    Kansas City West-Lawrence KOA

    12 Reviews
    30 Photos
    26 Saves
    Lawrence, Kansas

    Welcome to Kansas City West-Lawrence KOA, a convenient camping spot near Lawrence, KS. This campground is open all year and offers a mix of tent, RV, cabin, and glamping accommodations. It's a great place to regroup, especially if you're traveling with kids or pets.

    One of the standout features here is the friendly and helpful staff. They'll even drive you right to your campsite, so you don't have to worry about finding it yourself. The campground is clean and well-maintained, with amenities like a pool, a playground, and a laundry room that’s easy to use. If you're traveling with kids, they'll love the various activities available to keep them entertained.

    For those who need to stay connected, the sites come with water and electricity hookups, and there's even a place to charge your electronic devices. The campground is also big-rig friendly, making it a good option for RV travelers.

    However, be prepared for some noise. The campground is close to railroad tracks, and trains pass by frequently, especially at night. Some visitors have mentioned that the train horns can be quite loud, so you might want to bring earplugs if you're a light sleeper.

    Despite the noise, many campers appreciate the proximity to downtown Lawrence, where you can find plenty of dining and shopping options. The campground also offers pizza delivery and firewood, adding a nice touch to your stay.

    Overall, Kansas City West-Lawrence KOA is a convenient and family-friendly spot with plenty of amenities to make your stay comfortable. Just be ready for those train horns!

    • Electric Hookups
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Cabins
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    Camper-submitted photo from Weston Bend State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Weston Bend State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Weston Bend State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Weston Bend State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Weston Bend State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Weston Bend State Park Campground

    6.

    Weston Bend State Park Campground

    31 Reviews
    116 Photos
    182 Saves
    Weston, Missouri

    Welcome to Weston Bend State Park Campground, nestled near the charming town of Weston, Missouri. This place is a gem for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Kansas City while still being close enough to enjoy its attractions. The campground is open all year and offers a peaceful retreat with plenty of shade and spacious sites.

    The sites here are mostly level with gravel pads, and there's a good mix of back-in and pull-through options. Electric hookups are available, and while there's no water at the sites, you’ll find water spigots scattered around the campground. Firewood is sold on the honor system near the camp host, which is a nice touch.

    One of the standout features is the shower and laundry facilities. They’re clean and well-maintained, with one washer and one dryer available. There are also pit toilets and a sanitary dump station for your convenience. If you’re traveling with pets, you’ll appreciate the dog park with three separate areas, perfect for letting your furry friends stretch their legs.

    For those who enjoy hiking, the park offers several trails, including some paved ones, and a scenic lookout point. The historic town of Weston is just minutes away, offering a delightful mix of pubs, restaurants, and parks. It’s a great spot to explore if you want a break from the campground.

    Visitors have praised the campground for its tranquility and spacious sites. Whether you’re in a tent, RV, or looking for a bit of glamping, Weston Bend State Park Campground has got you covered. So pack your bags, bring your sense of adventure, and enjoy a stay at this lovely campground.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $12 - $48 / night

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

    7.

    Perry State Park Campground

    10 Reviews
    11 Photos
    20 Saves
    Perry Lake, Kansas

    This recreation area is part of Perry Lake

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park at Kansas City
    Camper-submitted photo from Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park at Kansas City
    Camper-submitted photo from Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park at Kansas City
    Camper-submitted photo from Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park at Kansas City
    Camper-submitted photo from Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park at Kansas City
    Camper-submitted photo from Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park at Kansas City

    8.

    Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park at Kansas City

    6 Reviews
    13 Photos
    19 Saves
    Lawrence, Kansas
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Russel Crites - Hillsdale State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Russel Crites - Hillsdale State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Russel Crites - Hillsdale State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Russel Crites - Hillsdale State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Russel Crites - Hillsdale State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Russel Crites - Hillsdale State Park

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    Russel Crites - Hillsdale State Park

    15 Reviews
    18 Photos
    58 Saves
    Hillsdale, Kansas
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Topeka / Capital City KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Topeka / Capital City KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Topeka / Capital City KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Topeka / Capital City KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Topeka / Capital City KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Topeka / Capital City KOA

    10.

    Topeka / Capital City KOA

    12 Reviews
    66 Photos
    19 Saves
    Topeka, Kansas

    If you're looking for a family friendly camping experience, come join us at the Capital City/ Topeka KOA! We believe camping builds strong families. Thats why all our camping rates include 2 adults and 2 childern

    The Capital City KOA is the largest and top rated campground in the Topeka area. All RV sites are full service with Free Cable TV and Wi-Fi internet access. We have just added a new Salt Water Pool, and completed our first few Deluxe Patio Sites. We also have redone many of our Tent sites, which now have electricity and a site light.

    Our main building is a turn of the century Barn, which house's our General Store, Rec-room, Exercise room, and Group Facilities.

    Other amenities include: 3 fishing ponds, playground, hiking trail, horse shoes, exercise room, Kamp K9 for the family dog, and lots of wide open space.

    No RV? No problem! We have large open tent sites, and three types of rental units. Our Cabin sleeps 4 and our bunkhouse sleeps 6. Both units have a refrigerator, outside cooking area, picnic table, and cable TV. Our Deluxe Cabin sleeps 4, has all the amenities of our other cabins plus a full bath, mini kitchen, outside grill and campfire ring (an excellent choice for the non-roughing it types).

    Our KOA is located near all the area attractions: State Capitol, Museums, Race Tracks, Shopping, Nightlife, Art Galleries, University of Kansas, Washburn University, and many more.

    So if you're looking for a family friendly camping experience, come stay with us at Capital City KOA!

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
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Frequently Asked Questions

What camping is available near Lawrence, KS?

According to TheDyrt.com, Lawrence, KS offers a wide range of camping options, with 94 campgrounds and RV parks near Lawrence, KS and 3 free dispersed camping spots.

Which is the most popular campground near Lawrence, KS?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Lawrence, KS is Clinton State Park Campground with a 3.5-star rating from 35 reviews.

Where can I find free dispersed camping near Lawrence, KS?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 3 free dispersed camping spots near Lawrence, KS.

What parks are near Lawrence, KS?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 11 parks near Lawrence, KS that allow camping, notably Clinton Lake and Perry Lake.