Best Camping near Sylvan Grove, KS

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Best Camping Sites Near Sylvan Grove, KS (69)

    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.

    • 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

    2.

    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 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

    3.

    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

    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

    4.

    Minooka - Wilson Reservoir

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

    5.

    COE Wilson Lake Sylvan Park

    5 Reviews
    13 Photos
    8 Saves
    Sylvan Grove, Kansas

    Overview

    Sylvan Park Campground is located below the dam at Wilson Lake in the wide open spaces of central Kansas. A few campsites overlook the Saline River exiting the dam, while a handful of other sites overlook the Old Saline River channel.

    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, channel and flathead catfish. Several trails are available to visitors, including the Bur Oak Nature Trail located in Sylvan Park. This 3/4 mile nature walk is a self guided interpretive trail, that has many interpretive stations along the path. 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, channel and flathead catfish. Several trails are available to visitors, including the Bur Oak Nature Trail located in Sylvan Park. This 3/4 mile nature walk is a self guided interpretive trail, that has many interpretive stations along the path. 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

    Wilson State Park, also located on the south side of the lake, offers additional recreation opportunities, as well as Lucas and Minooka Parks. Visitors can check out the nearby town of Lucas, known for its unique artistic spirit and attractions, or experience the rich historical heritage of Wilson, Kansas and other surrounding communities.

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

    $20 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Big Bluestem — Wilson State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Bluestem — Wilson State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Bluestem — Wilson State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Bluestem — Wilson State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Bluestem — Wilson State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Bluestem — Wilson State Park

    6.

    Big Bluestem — Wilson State Park

    4 Reviews
    25 Photos
    7 Saves
    Wilson, Kansas

    Welcome to Wilson State Park, one of Kansas' premier recreation hot spots to fish, hike, water-ski, or just enjoy the outdoors. Wilson State Park is located on the south side of Wilson Reservoir and is divided into two areas: Hell Creek and Otoe. For licenses, permits, and other information, visit the park office(located at the Hell Creek area entrance) or the self-pay stations at the entrance to each area. Vehicle, camping, and utility permits are required year-round. Brochures on regulations and area attractions are also available at the park entrances.

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

    $24 / 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

    7.

    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
    Camper-submitted photo from Salina KOA Holiday
    Camper-submitted photo from Salina KOA Holiday
    Camper-submitted photo from Salina KOA Holiday
    Camper-submitted photo from Salina KOA Holiday
    Camper-submitted photo from Salina KOA Holiday
    Camper-submitted photo from Salina KOA Holiday

    8.

    Salina KOA Holiday

    25 Reviews
    55 Photos
    65 Saves
    Salina, Kansas

    This KOA is midway between St. Louis, Denver, the Black Hills, and Texas. You'll have easy access to I-70 as well as I-135 to Wichita. Located in a shady meadow northwest of Salina, you can relax in a lawn chair while fishing in the private pond. Swim in the pool, play horseshoes, enjoy the Jump pad, watch the kids go for a train ride, or rent a bike. All sites are pull-thru with free Wi-Fi and cable available on most. At Salina, spend more than one day seeing the area's historic sites. Visit Abilene (about 25 miles E), known as the boyhood home of President Dwight Eisenhower. Check out the museum chronicling Ike's achievements at the Eisenhower Center. Visit Lindsborg, Kansas' Little Sweden (S of the campground). Stop at Rolling Hills Zoo (6 miles W on I-70). In summer (Sat. and Sun.), enjoy the all-you-can-eat pancake breakfasts. "Delicious Hunt Brothers Pizza and Wings can be delivered to your site (hours vary; ask in the office)." Pool: Memorial Weekend - Labor Day Weekend. Max pull thru 80 feet. Your hosts: Daryle & Terri Schwerdt.

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

    $46 - $65 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Lucas - Wilson Reservoir
    Camper-submitted photo from Lucas - Wilson Reservoir
    Camper-submitted photo from Lucas - Wilson Reservoir
    Camper-submitted photo from Lucas - Wilson Reservoir
    Camper-submitted photo from Lucas - Wilson Reservoir
    Camper-submitted photo from Lucas - Wilson Reservoir
    Camper-submitted photo from Wilson State Park Yarrow Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Wilson State Park Yarrow Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Wilson State Park Yarrow Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Wilson State Park Yarrow Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Wilson State Park Yarrow Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Wilson State Park Yarrow Campground
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Frequently Asked Questions

What camping is available near Sylvan Grove, KS?

According to TheDyrt.com, Sylvan Grove, KS offers a wide range of camping options, with 69 campgrounds and RV parks near Sylvan Grove, KS and 1 free dispersed camping spot.

Which is the most popular campground near Sylvan Grove, KS?

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

Where can I find free dispersed camping near Sylvan Grove, KS?

According to TheDyrt.com, there is 1 free dispersed camping spot near Sylvan Grove, KS.

What parks are near Sylvan Grove, KS?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 7 parks near Sylvan Grove, KS that allow camping, notably John Day Lock and Dam, Lake Umatilla and Milford Lake.