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Location and Accessibility

Wilson State Park is located in central Kansas, United States, specifically adjacent to the town of Sylvan Grove. The park is situated on the south side of the Wilson Reservoir and along the Saline River. Accessibility to the park is typically by road, and it offers entry to various recreational activities.

Camping Facilities

Campgrounds: Wilson State Park features multiple campgrounds with both primitive camping and utility campsites. Campgrounds like Hell Creek and Otoe have amenities like electric hookups and are RV-friendly, while other areas are more suited for tent camping.

Reservations: Most campgrounds accept reservations, which are recommended, especially during peak season and holidays. Some sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Bathhouses: The park provides bathhouses with showers and flush toilets.

Picnic Areas: Equipped with picnic tables and grills, these areas are perfect for family gatherings or a meal in the great outdoors.

Dump Stations: For RV campers, dump stations are available for waste disposal.


Hiking and Biking: There are trails available for hiking and biking, offering scenic views of the surrounding areas.

Boating and Fishing: Wilson Lake allows boating, and the park has boat ramps for easy access to the water. The lake is known for good fishing, with opportunities to catch species like walleye, striped bass, and smallmouth bass.

Wildlife Watching: The park is a good spot for bird watching and observing Kansas wildlife.

Regulations and Safety

Fire Safety: Due to the risk of wildfires, be sure to follow any fire regulations posted in the park, such as using designated fire rings and fully extinguishing fires before leaving.

Wildlife: Do not feed any wildlife you encounter to avoid harm and maintain the natural behavior of the animals.

Park Rules: Abide by all park rules such as speed limits, quiet hours, pet policies, and ensure that you carry a valid permit for camping.

Seasons and Weather

Wilson State Park experiences all four seasons, with hot summers and potentially cold winters. Before your camping trip, check the forecast and prepare accordingly, with appropriate gear for the season, such as extra water in the summer or cold-weather gear in the winter.

Booking and Contact Information

Reservations can be made through the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism website or directly at the park office. It is advisable to book well in advance to secure your preferred spot.

Contact: Before heading out, it may be wise to contact the park for the latest information on conditions and any advisories:

  • Park Office Phone: You can usually find the contact number on the park's official website or through the state's Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.
  • Online: Check the park's page or social media for updates and alerts.


Wilson State Park offers a wealth of natural beauty and outdoor activities for campers. Proper planning and understanding of the park's facilities, rules, and weather conditions can ensure an enjoyable and safe camping experience.

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