In the tranquil high plains of northwestern Kansas, time seems to move a little slower. Cedar Bluff State Park is just 12 miles from I-70 — smack dab in the center of Denver, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, and Lincoln — yet it feels like it’s worlds away from civilization.
At the center of this hidden gem is 6,800-acre Cedar Bluff Reservoir, a lake well-known for its clear blue water, excellent fishing, and amazing sunrises and sunsets. If you’re looking for a respite from the hustle and bustle of daily life (and aren’t we all!), it may be time to plan a Cedar Bluff State Park camping trip.
Cedar Bluff State Park Facts
- The park has two distinct areas, Bluffton on the northern shore and Page Creek on the southern shore. Bluffton is busier and more developed, while Page Creek is quieter.
- Cedar Bluff State Park got its name from the striking 100-foot-tall tree-covered limestone bluffs on the south shore of the reservoir. Interestingly, the trees are actually junipers, but early settlers mistook them for cedars.
- The park is open year-round, but most campsites only require reservations during the peak months from late spring through early fall. Otherwise, they operate on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Cedar Bluff maintains two boat ramps, one in each area of the park.
- In addition to RV and tent campsites, there are also five modern cabins for rent at Cedar Bluff State Park.
Now that you are more familiar with the park, it’s time to take a look at the best RV campgrounds near Cedar Bluff State Park.
Best Cedar Bluff State Park RV Parks and Campgrounds
Whether you want to stay inside the park right along the lake or you prefer to be closer to a city, there are many options for Cedar Bluff State Park camping.
Wagon Rut Campground
A loop in the park’s Bluffton area, Wagon Rut sites have water and electricity hookups, as well as fire rings, grills, and picnic tables. A playground, dump station, volleyball court, and tire swings are also nearby.
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Also in Bluffton, Butterfield offers premium Cedar Bluff State Park camping. The sites are extremely spacious and many are paved and have full hookups. On-site, campers will find a bathhouse, archery range, and even a BMX track.
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Situated in the Page Creek Area, Pronghorn is an excellent option for those bringing water toys along for Cedar Bluff State Park camping. This more secluded campground is close to the water, and you can typically moor your boat right along the sandy shoreline! The sites themselves feature large shade trees, concrete pads, and electricity and water hookups.
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Prickly Pear Campground
Another Page Creek campground, Prickly Pear has sites with water and electricity hookups and asphalt pads. Each site has a picnic table, grill, and fire ring, and while there isn’t a showerhouse, there’s one nearby at Apache. Prickly Pear also has a playground and access to a new hiking and biking trail.
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Wakeeney KOA Journey
Want to experience Cedar Bluff State Park camping but don’t necessarily want to be inside the park? Wakeeney KOA is a great option! Just 25 minutes away, this KOA offers large grass sites with full hookups, bathhouses, 24-hour laundry facilities, Wi-Fi, and a seasonal pool.
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Things To Do in Cedar Bluff State Park
Year-round, you’ll find plenty of outdoor recreation to keep you busy while enjoying Cedar Bluff State Park camping.
- Take a hike. In the unique high plains here, you’ll find terrain that includes everything from wildlife to wildflowers. The park has a few well-maintained hiking trails, and you can also hike along the bluffs.
- Go fishing. The reservoir is notoriously clear, making it perfect for catching walleye and crappie in particular. You can head out on a boat if you prefer, but there’s plenty of shoreline to fish from, as well as accessible docks.
- Test your sea legs. There are many ways to enjoy the water while Cedar Bluff State Park camping, including boating, tubing, jet skiing, paddling, and swimming.
- Get some target practice. Head to the archery range in the Bluffton Area and practice your aim. Please note, no crossbows or broadheads allowed.
Tips for Visiting Cedar Bluff State Park
- The largest nearby city is Hays, which is about 30 miles from Cedar Bluff State Park.
- Kansas state law dictates that children under the age of 13 must wear a life vest at all times while in a boat.
- Cedar Bluff State Park is a major destination for hunting in the fall and spring months. Be mindful of the areas you explore.
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