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General Overview

Hillsdale State Park is a popular outdoor recreation area located in Miami County, Kansas, just west of the Kansas City metropolitan area. The park offers various outdoor activities, including camping, boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, and wildlife observation. It surrounds the 4,580-acre Hillsdale Lake, which was constructed by the US Army Corps of Engineers for flood control, water quality improvement, water supply, and outdoor recreation.

Camping Information

Campsite Options

  • Primitive Sites: These are basic campsites without water or electricity hookups. Ideal for tent camping.
  • Utility Sites: These sites come with water and electricity hookups and are suitable for RVs and trailers.
  • Group Camp Areas: For larger groups, these areas can accommodate multiple campers with shared facilities.

Campsite Reservations

  • Reservations can be made in advance, and some sites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • To reserve a site, you can visit the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism website or use the Reserve America booking system.

Facilities and Amenities

  • Shower and Restroom Facilities: Scattered throughout the park for use by campers.
  • Dump Stations: Located in designated areas for RVs.
  • Playgrounds: Available for children in some camping areas.
  • Boat Ramps: Access to the lake for boating activities.

Activities

Outdoor Recreation

  • Boating and Water Sports: The lake is suitable for powerboats, sailboats, and other water sports.
  • Fishing: Hillsdale Lake is known for crappie, catfish, and bass fishing. A valid Kansas fishing license is required.
  • Hiking and Biking Trails: Trails for various skill levels wind through the park, offering scenic views and wildlife spotting opportunities.
  • Swimming: There are designated swimming areas along the lake shore.
  • Hunting: The park has areas set aside for hunting during the appropriate season, following Kansas hunting regulations.

Regulations and Safety

Park Rules

  • Observe quiet hours typically from 11 pm to 6 am.
  • Keep pets on a leash and clean up after them.
  • Fires are allowed in designated areas and fire rings.
  • Follow speed limits and traffic regulations within the park.

Safety Tips

  • Be aware of the weather conditions and water safety.
  • Check for any park alerts or closures before your visit.
  • Keep a safe distance from wildlife.
  • Ensure you are equipped with safety gear, like life jackets when on the water.

Seasonal Considerations

Weather

  • The park is subject to four distinct seasons, with hot summers and cold winters. Visit the park's website or contact the park office for current weather conditions.

Peak and Off-Peak Times

  • Summer is the peak season due to warm weather and various events.
  • Off-peak times can offer more solitude and a different natural beauty. However, some facilities may be limited or closed.

Contact Information and Resources

For the most current information regarding Hillsdale State Park, including alerts, closures, and specific regulations, contact the park directly:

  • Hillsdale State Park Office: The park office can provide maps, brochures, and additional information.
  • Online Resources: The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism website is a valuable tool for updates and reservation information.
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