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MINOOKA PARK, KS

part ofWilson Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Minooka Park Campground is located on the south side of Wilson Lake in the wide open spaces of central Kansas.

Named for the Otoe Indian word meaning "Good Earth," this park offers many campsites with scenic lake views and excellent shoreline access.

Natural Features:

Wilson lake, known as the "clearest lake in Kansas," is located in the Smoky Hills of North Central Kansas--a rolling landscape of hills, buttes and hazy valleys.

Also known as Post Rock Country, the area contains thousands of miles of stone fenceposts and buildings that have been constructed out of the area's local limestone.

This and other unique geologic formations and mixed grass prairie lands provide an excellent scenic backdrop for recreation around the lake.

Recreation:

Boating is the most popular pastime on the lake, with plenty of room for water skiing, wake boarding, jet skiing, sailing and more.

The high salinity content of the Saline River makes drinking and irrigation difficult without special treatment, but it aids the stocking of ocean-native Striped Bass, which have been known to reach enormous sizes in Wilson Lake.

This and many other game fish species have been enhanced by a stocking program conducted by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. Walleye, Large and Smallmouth bass can be found in abundance in the lake, as well as White bass, Striped bass, and channel and flathead catfish.

Several trails are also available to visitors, including the Prairie Fire Trail, a self-guided interpretive trail. Wilson Lake also offers hunting opportunities for a variety of game animals, including pheasant, quail, prairie chicken, whitetail deer, turkey, waterfowl and rabbit.

Facilities:

Minooka Park Campground offers 159 reservable modern campsites, along with 12-site group camp area and a large group picnic shelter that can accommodate up to 50 guests.

Campsites offer sweeping views of the lake and access to hiking trails and a boat ramp. A sand volleyball court, playground and swimming beach make the area perfect for families.

Nearby Attractions:

Visitors may want to explore other nearby recreation areas including Lucas and Sylvan Parks, as well as Wilson State Park, located on the south side of the lake.

The nearby town of Lucas is known for its unique artistic spirit and attractions, while the town of Wilson and other nearby communities offer visitors a rich historical heritage to explore.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Beach Access
  • Birding
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Electric Hookups
  • Entrance Station
  • Fish Cleaning Station
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • Showers
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Trails
  • Vault Toilets
  • Visitor Center
  • Volleyball Courts
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Off-road vehicles are not permitted
  • Sites may be available on a first come, first served basis outside of the reservation window
  • Limit of one RV and one tent or two tents per camp pad
  • Day passes for the boat launch can be purchased at the self-pay station at the campground

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
38.93278, -98.575
38°55'58"N, 98°34'30"W

From Interstate 70, north of Wilson, Kansas, take exit 199 and turn north on Dorrance Road. Continue for 7 miles and follow signs to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

MINOOKA PARK
4860 OUTLET BLVD.
SYLVAN GROVE  KS  67481

Phone Number:

Project Office: (785)658-2551
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