Glen Elder State Park
Open: Open all year
Number of Sites: 421
Number of Sites with Electric: 121
On the shores of Waconda Lake, one of Kansas’ largest lakes, Glen Elder State Park offers nearly unlimited recreational opportunities. With its rural setting, Glen Elder is a perfect place to relax. Modern restroom/shower buildings are open in Sioux, Kanza, and Cheyenne from mid April to October. The Kanza shower may be open during the winter and early spring, depending on the weather. A full service Marina provides fuel, boat and slip rental, boating, fishing and camping supplies. (Open Apr. 1st Through Oct. 31st). The park is also managed to enhance wildlife. Pheasant, deer, waterfowl, and numerous non-game species (including eagles during the winter) can be seen throughout the park.
With 3 campgrounds totaling 121 electrical hook-up sites, most with water, and over 300 primitive sites, there’s plenty of room for both tents and RV’s. Some areas receive minimal maintenance and service except during peak use times. Boat ramps in Kanza and Osage offer excellent lake access & ADA courtesy docks. For RV’ers, the park has two dump stations and a full service marina is open April thru October. Select facilities are open all year, including: utility hookups in Kanza and Cheyenne Campgrounds, primitive campgrounds, frost-free hydrants, trails, vault toilets, and the Hopewell Church . New concrete camppads with secure tie downs, water, and 50 amp electricity are available in Kanza and Cheyenne Campgrounds.
Take your pick- swimming, boating, hiking, volleyball, softball and bike riding. Volleyball and horseshoe equipment is available at the office. Some areas to check out... The Osage area has sand volleyball courts, a reservable group shelter, and a swimming beach. The Waconda Nature Trails are currently being developed. The Pawnee Overlook provides shoreline fishing, wading, primitive camping, picnicking, and an excellent view. A modern, handicap accessible Fish Cleaning Station (open Apr.- Oct.), is located at the east dump station. The Chautauqua Fishing Pond offers easy fishing access for
individuals with disabilities and children. This pond is stocked with trout in the winter. (Special creel and length limits in effect.) Cawker City Park offers a nine hole artificial green golf course with a second nine holes for the endurance golfer.
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