Riverside (KS)

Kanopolis Lake

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.

Riverside Campground offers 24 campsites, 16 with electric and water hookups and 8 primitive campsites. Other amenities include flush toilets, drinking water, showers, a playground, dump station and direct river access.
During the peak season (May 15- Sep 15) all camping payments will be made directly to Recreation 1 Stop. Below is the proper procedure when arriving at Riverside:
1.If Reservation is made prior to arrival, proceed to reserved site and have reservation number available for proof of payment.
2.If arriving without a reservation do the following:
-Select Campsite (Reservations are not posted. Do not set up on site until payment is made)
-Visit www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777 to check availability and pay for camping fees.
-Record you reservation number for proof of payment
-Set up on Campsite

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Natural Features

The campground is situated on the wooded riverside where wildlife is abundant. Whitetail deer, Great Blue Heron, Quail, Turkey, Rabbits, Squirrels and a wide variety of waterfowl are commonly seen. Sandstone bluffs, rolling hills, and vast, open prairie lands surround the lake.

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 equestrian activities. The park also has additional boating, fishing, and picnicking areas.


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

Contact Information



Phone Number

For campground inquiries, please call: 785-546-2294

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Driving Directions

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.

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