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part ofMelvern Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Status: Open through Wed Sep 30 2015   Season Dates


Turkey Point Campground is situated on Melvern Lake on the eastern edge of the Flint Hills of Kansas. Visitors enjoy the area's wide range of recreational activities, including boating, fishing, hiking and hunting.

Natural Features:

The Flint Hills represent America's last expanse of intact tallgrass prairie, made up of big bluestem, switchgrass and Indian grass. The rolling hills on the south side of the lake are wooded, and the campground has scattered trees and some shade.


Melvern Lake impounds nearly 7,000 acres of water on the upper reaches of the Marais des Cygnes River Valley. Boating and swimming are popular activities on the lake.

Anglers will find walleye, crappie, channel and flathead catfish, as well as black, striped, white and smallmouth bass.

The 18,000 acres of land surrounding Melvern Lake provide plentiful hiking and hunting opportunities. Several trails wind around the lake, including the 4-mile Tallgrass Heritage Trail, which begins in the campground. Hunters may find deer, quail, turkeys, ducks, rabbits and squirrels throughout the area.


The campground offers two group camps. One offers a group campsite with basic amenities, a pit privy, and a shelter with a grill, water, and electricity.

The second offers two basic camp pads, 12 water and 50 amp electric sites, a restroom, a shelter with grill, and a playground.

There are 49 family campsites, many with water and electric hook-ups, throughout the park. Several family picnic sites are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Amenities include flush and vault toilets, showers, drinking water and a dump station. A boat ramp, dock, fish cleaning station and two playgrounds all provide additional recreation opportunities.

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Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Showers
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Dock
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Electric Hookups
  • Entrance Station
  • Fish Cleaning Stations
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Host
  • Hunting
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • Showers
  • Vault Toilets
Know Before You Go
Operation of any vehicle that is not properly licensed is prohibited at Melvern Lake. This includes golf carts, motorcycles, scooters, mopeds, motorized skateboards, electric bicycles, or any other vehicle typically designed for off road or recreational use.

In 2011, it was discovered that Melvern Lake had been infested with zebra mussels. The Zebra mussel is an invasive species in the U.S. and Kansas has adopted new laws to help to alleviate this problem. It is extremely important to keep your vessels clean and drained dry of any water collected while boating in infested waters to avoid spreading this nuisance species. For more information, contact the project office (www.nwk.usace.army.mil/me) at 785-549-3318 or Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism at www.kdwpt.state.ks.us/.
  • Each group camp pad should be occupied by a single user/party and should not exceed the carrying capacity for persons, vehicles or camping equipment; Carrying capacity exceptions will be determined by the project staff and additional fees may apply
  • Call the Melvern Lake Project Office at 785-549-3318 with additional questions
    • 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):
    38.49862, -95.78975
    38°29'55"N, 95°47'23"W

    From Osage City, Kansas, take K-170 south. Turn east onto 301st Street and continue 2 miles. Turn south onto Indian Hills Road and proceed about a mile to Turkey Point Parkway. Follow into the campground.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    30967 Turkey Point Parkway
    Osage City  KS  66523

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (785)549-3318
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