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


Riverside Campground is located on the Smoky Hill River just downstream from Kanopolis Lake in central Kansas, 30 miles southwest of Salina.

Kanopolis Lake, one of the state's oldest lakes, provides many outdoor activities, including boating, fishing and hunting.

Natural Features:

The campground is situated on the wooded riverside where wildlife is abundant. Whitetail deer, pheasants, quail, turkeys, rabbits, squirrels and a wide variety of waterfowl are commonly seen. Sandstone bluffs, rolling hills, and vast, open prairie lands surround the lake.


Kanopolis Lake offers great boating and fishing opportunities. On land, hunting, hiking, and biking are popular activities.


Riverside Campground offers 28 campsites, 16 with electric and water hookups and 12 primitive campsites. Other amenities include flush toilets, drinking water, showers, a playground, dump station and direct river access.

Nearby Attractions:

The Fort Harker Museum in Kanopolis and the Rogers Art Gallery and Museum in Ellsworth both portray the settlement of the American West.

Kanopolis State Park, Kansas' first, offers numerous trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. The park also has additional boating, fishing, and picnicking areas.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Basketball Court
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Fee booth
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Host
  • Parking Area
  • Playground
  • Public Hydrant
  • River Access
  • Showers
  • Toilet, Pit/Vault
Know Before You Go
  • Caution: Sites 1-9 back up to a steep riverbank and may be dangerous to unattended children
  • A $6.00/night utility fee is charged Oct 1-Apr 30 at sites with electrical hookups
  • For more information, call the Kanopolis Project Office at (785) 546-2294
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
38.59972, -97.93333
38°35'59"N, 97°56'0"W

From Salina, KS: Take HWY 140 19 miles west to HWY 141. Travel 14 miles south on 141, then 1/2 mile east on Riverside Drive. Look for signs to the park.
From Ellsworth, KS: Take HWY 140 15 miles east to HWY 141. Travel 14 miles South on Hwy 141. Travel 1/2 mile East on Riverside Drive and look for signs to the park.
From Lindsborg, KS: Take HWY 4 approximately 15 miles west to HWY 141. Travel 3 miles north, then 1/2 mile east on Riverside Drive and look for signs to the park.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

MARQUETTE  KS  67464-0000

Phone Number:

Information:  (785)546-2294
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