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Kanopolis Lake State Park, located in Kansas, USA, is a popular spot for outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, fishing, and boating. The park encompasses more than 22,000 acres, including the sprawling Kanopolis Reservoir. If you're planning to camp at Kanopolis Lake State Park, here is some crucial information to help ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience.

Camping Facilities

Types of Campsites:

  • Primitive campsites for tent camping with no hookups.
  • Utility campsites that offer electricity and water hookups.
  • Select sites may have sewer hookups as well.


  • Picnic tables and fire rings at most campsites.
  • Restroom facilities with showers.
  • Dump stations for RVs.
  • Group campsites available for larger gatherings.

Reservations and Fees


  • Reservations can be made online through the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism website or by calling the park office.
  • It is advisable to make reservations well in advance, especially for peak camping seasons and weekends.


  • Camping fees vary depending on the type of campsite and the length of stay.
  • Visitors may also need to pay a vehicle permit fee to enter the state park.


Recreational Opportunities:

  • Boating, canoeing, and kayaking on Kanopolis Lake.
  • Fishing for species such as walleye, catfish, and crappie.
  • More than 25 miles of hiking and horseback riding trails.
  • Hunting is permitted in specified areas during designated seasons.

Wildlife and Nature:

  • The park is home to a variety of wildlife including deer, turkeys, and numerous bird species.
  • The diverse landscape includes prairie, woodland, and the lakeshore.

Park Regulations

General Rules:

  • Follow Leave No Trace principles to preserve the park's natural state.
  • Firewood must be purchased from the park or an approved vendor to prevent the spread of invasive insects.
  • Noise should be kept to a minimum, especially during quiet hours after 10 PM.

Safety Guidelines:

  • Always be prepared for changing weather conditions.
  • Keep a safe distance from wildlife and do not feed animals.
  • Be aware of water safety rules if engaging in aquatic activities.

Preparation and Tips

Before You Go:

  • Check the weather forecast and pack accordingly.
  • Make sure to bring all necessary camping gear, including sturdy tents, sleeping bags rated for the season, and cooking equipment.

While Camping:

  • Store food securely to avoid attracting wildlife.
  • Keep your campsite clean to prevent litter and disturbances to the ecosystem.
  • Conserve water and be aware of any burn bans or fire restrictions due to drought conditions.

Contact Information

For the most current information, it's best to contact the park directly:

Kanopolis State Park Office

  • Address: 200 Horsethief Road, Marquette, KS 67464
  • Phone: You can find the current contact number on the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism website.

Emergency Information:

  • In case of emergency, call 911.
  • For park-specific emergencies or to report issues, contact park staff or park rangers if available.

By familiarizing yourself with this important information before your trip to Kanopolis Lake State Park, you can ensure a more enjoyable and stress-free camping experience.

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