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Overview of John Redmond Reservoir State Park

John Redmond Reservoir State Park is a popular recreational area located in eastern Kansas, near the city of Burlington. It encompasses the John Redmond Reservoir, which is the main attraction and offers a variety of outdoor activities such as fishing, boating, camping, and wildlife observation.

Camping Information

Camping Facilities:

  • The state park offers camping facilities ranging from primitive sites to those with full utility hookups for RVs.
  • The campsites are equipped with amenities like picnic tables, fire rings, and nearby restroom facilities.

Reservations and Fees:

  • Campsites can either be secured on a first-come, first-serve basis or through reservations, depending on the area within the park.
  • Fees for camping vary depending on the type of site. There are typically separate fees for sites with electricity and water hookups. It's best to check the most current fees on the state park's website or contact the park directly.

Seasonal Information:

  • The camping facilities at John Redmond Reservoir State Park are generally open year-round.
  • However, some amenities may be reduced or closed during the off-season, particularly in the winter months. This may include reduced availability of water at sites or the closing of some restroom and shower facilities.

Recreational Activities

  • Fishing: The reservoir is known for excellent fishing opportunities with species such as catfish, crappie, white bass, and largemouth bass.
  • Boating: There are boat ramps available for easy access to the water. The reservoir is suitable for a variety of watercraft.
  • Trails: Hiking and biking trails may be available for those who wish to explore the park's natural beauty on land.
  • Wildlife Observation: Bird watching and wildlife photography are common activities, as the park is home to many species of birds and other wildlife.

Rules and Regulations

  • Licensing: Fishing and boating require appropriate state licenses and permits.
  • Pets: Pets are typically allowed but must be kept on leashes and under control at all times.
  • Alcohol: State parks in Kansas often have specific regulations regarding alcohol consumption, so it's important to check the current rules before visiting.
  • Fires: Campfires must be kept in designated fire rings or areas and fully extinguished before leaving the site.

Access and Contact Information

  • Location: The park is located in Coffey County, near the towns of Burlington and New Strawn, Kansas.
  • Contact: For the most accurate and up-to-date information, it is best to contact the park directly or visit the official website for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism.

Additional Tips

  • Weather: Be prepared for changing weather conditions and check the forecast before your trip.
  • Supplies: Ensure you bring all necessary supplies, including water, especially if visiting during a time when the park's facilities may be limited.
  • Insects and Wildlife: Bring insect repellent and be aware of local wildlife, taking precautions to store food properly and keeping a clean campsite to deter animals.

Before planning your camping trip to John Redmond Reservoir State Park, always check the most current conditions and guidelines, as park policies and availability can change based on the season and other factors.

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