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Overview of Clear Fork

Clear Fork is a popular camping area in Crawford State Park, which lies within the scenic Southeast Kansas. Crawford State Park offers a variety of recreational activities such as fishing, boating, hiking, and wildlife watching, and Clear Fork is particularly known for its camping facilities that cater to visitors looking to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area.

Camping Facilities and Accommodations

The Clear Fork area within Crawford State Park includes campsites that can accommodate tents, campers, and RVs. Facilities at these campsites might include:

  • Electric Hookups: Many campsites come with electrical hookups for RVs and campers.
  • Water Access: Access to water is provided at several locations, but it's always good to check the status, especially during dry seasons or maintenance periods.
  • Fire Rings and Picnic Tables: Most sites will offer a fire ring for campfires and a picnic table.
  • Restrooms: Restroom facilities with showers may be available to campers.
  • Shelters: Some areas might have shelters that can be reserved for group activities.

Availability and Reservations

Camping spots at Clear Fork can usually be reserved in advance. It's important to:

  • Book Early: Especially during peak seasons, sites can fill up quickly, so make early reservations.
  • Check Site Specifics: Not all campsites are the same, and it's essential to make sure the site you're booking fits your requirements (e.g., size of the RV, need for shade, etc.).
  • Cancellation Policy: Be aware of the cancellation policy in case your plans change.

Fees and Permits

Fees for camping at Clear Fork will depend on the type of site and amenities. There might also be:

  • Daily Vehicle Permit: A fee for each vehicle entering the park.
  • Camping Permit: Separate from the vehicle permit, this is for the camping itself.
  • Annual Pass Options: For frequent visitors, an annual pass may be more cost-effective.


In addition to camping, Crawford State Park and the Clear Fork area offer a range of activities:

  • Boating and Fishing: The park features lakes where visitors can enjoy boating, kayaking, and fishing. Remember to check for any required fishing licenses or boating regulations.
  • Hiking Trails: There are trails for those who want to explore the park by foot.
  • Wildlife Observation: Birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts can enjoy the diverse local wildlife.

Rules and Regulations

To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone, the following rules typically apply:

  • Campfire Guidelines: Follow any restrictions on campfires to prevent wildfires, and never leave fires unattended.
  • Pet Policy: Pets are often welcome but must be kept on a leash and cleaned up after.
  • Quiet Hours: Respect quiet hours to ensure a peaceful environment for all campers.
  • Trash and Recycling: Leave no trace by properly disposing of garbage and recycling appropriately.

Prepare for Your Trip

  • Pack appropriately: Remember to bring adequate camping gear, clothing for varying weather conditions, and supplies.
  • Check the Weather: The weather can change rapidly, so check the forecast and be prepared.
  • Local Wildlife: Be aware of any potential encounters with wildlife and know how to safely coexist.

Always check the Crawford State Park's website or contact the park directly for the most current and detailed information before embarking on your camping trip to Clear Fork.

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