Best Camping near Topeka, KS

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Whether you're a tent camper, an RVer, or just passing through, Topeka, KS has a lot to offer. Topeka is filled with the activities, sights, and experiences to make everyone in your crew a happy camper. Get the dirt on all the best camping near Topeka. Browse campgrounds by amenities, site types, and more.

Best Camping Sites Near Topeka, KS (88)

    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 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

    2.

    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 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

    3.

    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 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

    4.

    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
    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

    5.

    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 Deer Creek Valley RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Deer Creek Valley RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Deer Creek Valley RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Deer Creek Valley RV Park

    6.

    Deer Creek Valley RV Park

    7 Reviews
    4 Photos
    35 Saves
    Topeka, Kansas

    Welcome to Topeka's top-rated RV Park. Deer Creek Valley RV Park is located just off I-70 @ Exit 364B. We are centrally located near major shopping, restaurants, and services, yet in a quiet, comfortable, secure area. We are located approximately 1.5 miles north of Lake Shawnee, where you can enjoy fishing, boating, jet skiing, paddle boating, or the beautiful 8-mile trail around the entire lake for walking or bike riding.

    Our park is concrete throughout with beautiful landscaping, surrounded by trees, and fully fenced with a security gate. The all-automatic men's and women's restrooms with showers are located in a concrete building that also serves as a storm shelter. Our laundry room is also housed in the bathhouse building. In the warmer weather, you can enjoy our in-ground pool. The playground and fenced pet play area are open year-round.

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

    $40 - $45 / 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
    Camper-submitted photo from Perry State Park Campground
    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 COE Perry Lake Slough Creek Park
    Camper-submitted photo from COE Perry Lake Slough Creek Park
    Camper-submitted photo from COE Perry Lake Slough Creek Park
    Camper-submitted photo from COE Perry Lake Slough Creek Park
    Camper-submitted photo from COE Perry Lake Slough Creek Park
    Camper-submitted photo from COE Perry Lake Slough Creek Park

    8.

    COE Perry Lake Slough Creek Park

    7 Reviews
    7 Photos
    25 Saves
    Perry, Kansas

    Overview

    Slough Creek Campground is situated on Perry Lake in the lush Kansas forest. As the largest and most popular recreation area at the lake, Slough Creek is an ideal destination for family camping trips.CAMPGROUND GATE POLICY--Park entrance gates will be closed from 10pm-6am on Friday and Saturday nights and the entirety of holiday weekends. An exit lane is provided with one way traffic only. No late entrance will be allowed and only Park Staff or Emergency Personnel will be permitted though the gate after 10pm.

    Recreation

    Perry lake has a reputation for being one of the best sailing lakes in the region; however, boaters of all types will enjoy the many opportunities offered here, whether it's sailing, power boating or canoeing. Perry Lake offers excellent fishing: White crappie, flathead catfish, walleye, white bass, channel catfish and sauger are in abundance throughout the lake. In addition to the vast lake, the area has approximately 27,000 acres of public land dedicated to wildlife management: turkey, deer, quail, pheasant, rabbit, squirrel, duck and geese are all found on these federal lands. For hikers, the 29-mile Perry Lake loop trail offers a range of terrain and difficulty from easy, gentle slopes in the south to rugged, varying elevation changes in the north. The Slough Creek trailhead for the Perry Lake Trail is located on-site. There is also a short loop trail through the Slough Creek Area called the Thunder Ridge Trail with the trailhead just outside the main campground gate. The Thunder Ridge Trail is approximately 2.5 miles and offers a diverse array of terrain and scenery in such a short trail.

    Facilities

    Perry lake has a reputation for being one of the best sailing lakes in the region; however, boaters of all types will enjoy the many opportunities offered here, whether it's sailing, power boating or canoeing. Perry Lake offers excellent fishing: White crappie, flathead catfish, walleye, white bass, channel catfish and sauger are in abundance throughout the lake. In addition to the vast lake, the area has approximately 27,000 acres of public land dedicated to wildlife management: turkey, deer, quail, pheasant, rabbit, squirrel, duck and geese are all found on these federal lands. For hikers, the 29-mile Perry Lake loop trail offers a range of terrain and difficulty from easy, gentle slopes in the south to rugged, varying elevation changes in the north. The Slough Creek trailhead for the Perry Lake Trail is located on-site. There is also a short loop trail through the Slough Creek Area called the Thunder Ridge Trail with the trailhead just outside the main campground gate. The Thunder Ridge Trail is approximately 2.5 miles and offers a diverse array of terrain and scenery in such a short trail.

    Natural Features

    Perry Lake Dam was completed in 1969 to help with flood control for the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. Today, the lake boasts 159 miles of shoreline and 12,000 surface acres of water, creating countless recreational activities for visitors, and earning it the nickname "paradise on the plains." The campground is surrounded by the lake on one side and a dense canopy of forest on the other, making it ideal for those wishing to enjoy the best of both environments.

    Nearby Attractions

    Perry Lake is a short drive from Lawrence, Topeka, and Kansas City--each with their own array of shopping, dining, and attractions.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $50 / night

    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

    9.

    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 Rock Creek (KS)
    Camper-submitted photo from Rock Creek (KS)
    Camper-submitted photo from Rock Creek (KS)
    Camper-submitted photo from Rock Creek (KS)
    Camper-submitted photo from Rock Creek (KS)
    Camper-submitted photo from Rock Creek (KS)

    10.

    Rock Creek (KS)

    5 Reviews
    17 Photos
    34 Saves
    Perry, Kansas

    Overview

    Rock Creek Campground is situated on the south end of Perry Lake in the lush Kansas forest.CAMPGROUND GATE POLICY--Park entrance gates will be closed from 10pm-6am Friday/Saturday nights and the entirety of holiday weekends. An exit lane is provided with one way traffic only. No late entrance will be allowed and only Park Staff or Emergency Personnel will be permitted through the gate after 10pm.

    Recreation

    Perry lake has a reputation for being one of the best sailing lakes in the region; however, boaters of all types will enjoy the many opportunities offered here, whether it's sailing, power boating or canoeing. Perry Lake offers excellent fishing: White crappie, flathead catfish, walleye, white bass, channel catfish and sauger are in abundance throughout the lake. In addition to the vast lake, the area has approximately 27,000 acres of public land dedicated to wildlife management: turkey, deer, quail, pheasant, rabbit, squirrel, duck and geese are all found on these federal lands. A scenic road follows the shoreline along the length of the campground, offering sweeping views of the lake.

    Facilities

    Perry lake has a reputation for being one of the best sailing lakes in the region; however, boaters of all types will enjoy the many opportunities offered here, whether it's sailing, power boating or canoeing. Perry Lake offers excellent fishing: White crappie, flathead catfish, walleye, white bass, channel catfish and sauger are in abundance throughout the lake. In addition to the vast lake, the area has approximately 27,000 acres of public land dedicated to wildlife management: turkey, deer, quail, pheasant, rabbit, squirrel, duck and geese are all found on these federal lands. A scenic road follows the shoreline along the length of the campground, offering sweeping views of the lake.

    Natural Features

    Perry Lake Dam was completed in 1969 to help with flood control for the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. Today, the lake boasts 159 miles of shoreline and 12,000 surface acres of water, creating countless recreational activities for visitors, and earning it the nickname "paradise on the plains." The campground is surrounded by the lake on one side and a dense canopy of forest on the other, making it ideal for those wishing to enjoy the best of both environments.

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    This location is unstaffed. To speak with our main office for general information, please call: (785) 597-5144.

    Nearby Attractions

    For hikers, the nearby 29-mile Perry Lake loop trail offers a range of terrain and difficulty from easy, gentle slopes in the south to rugged, varying elevation changes in the north. Perry Lake is a short drive from Lawrence, Topeka, and Kansas City--each offering their own array of unique shopping, dining, and attractions.

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

    $50 / night

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Frequently Asked Questions

What camping is available near Topeka, KS?

According to TheDyrt.com, Topeka, KS offers a wide range of camping options, with 88 campgrounds and RV parks near Topeka, KS and 3 free dispersed camping spots.

Which is the most popular campground near Topeka, KS?

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

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

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

What parks are near Topeka, KS?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 12 parks near Topeka, KS that allow camping, notably Perry Lake and Clinton Lake.