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Overview of Clinton State Park

Clinton State Park is located in the state of Kansas, just west of Lawrence. The park boasts a 1,500-acre lake as its centerpiece. Known for hosting a wide range of outdoor recreational activities, the park is an ideal destination for camping enthusiasts, hikers, anglers, bird watchers, and boaters.

Camping Information

Campground Facilities: Clinton State Park offers a variety of campground options, including primitive campsites, utility campsites, and modern cabins. The campsites are usually well-maintained and come with amenities such as showers, restrooms, and fire pits.


  • Campsites can be reserved in advance online through the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism website, or by phone.
  • Some campsites are also available on a first-come, first-served basis, though reservations are recommended, especially during peak seasons.


  • Campsite rates vary depending on the type of site (primitive, utility, etc.) and the time of the year.
  • There may be additional charges for vehicle permits and amenity usage.

Rules and Regulations:

  • Quiet hours are typically enforced in the evenings to ensure a peaceful atmosphere.
  • The park has regulations about the storage of food and trash to minimize wildlife conflicts.
  • Pets are often allowed but must be kept on a leash.

Activities and Amenities

Recreational Opportunities:

  • Boating and Fishing: With a full-service marina and multiple boat ramps, the park is ideal for boating. The lake is stocked with fish.
  • Trails: There are over 25 miles of hiking and biking trails within the park.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The park's diverse habitats are home to an array of wildlife and offer excellent bird-watching opportunities.


  • Playground areas for children
  • Picnic areas and shelters
  • A swimming beach
  • A disc golf course
  • A marina with boat rentals

Additional Information

Weather Considerations: Kansas weather can be unpredictable, so campers are advised to prepare for a range of conditions and check the forecast before arriving.

Accessibility: The park aims to accommodate visitors with disabilities, but it's a good idea to check ahead for specific requirements or to ensure that appropriate facilities are available.

Visitor Center: The park may have a visitor center where you can find maps, brochures, and additional information about the park's natural features and history.

Contact Information: You can find the most current information, including park hours, fees, and any alerts or advisories, by contacting the park directly or visiting the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism website.

Always remember to follow Leave No Trace principles to minimize your impact on the natural environment and ensure that Clinton State Park remains a beautiful and sustainable destination for all visitors.

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