For any nature lover, Kansas is a playground waiting to be explored. From hiking along the tallgrass prairies to cycling through red sandstone rock formations, the sunflower state has something for every type of adventure.
If you are looking for your next outdoor vacation destination in Kansas, consider El Dorado State Park. Located on the edge of the Flint Hills, this hidden treasure has breathtaking views, trails of all levels, and fishing opportunities right on the lake.
Let’s dive into all that the park has to offer, including park facts, RV sites, and popular activities for you and your family to enjoy!
El Dorado State Park Facts
Before you pack up your RV and head to El Dorado State Park, let’s go over a few facts about the park and its facilities.
- El Dorado Reservoir was constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
- The park was completed and opened to the public in June of 1981.
- El Dorado State Park consists of approximately 8,000 surface acres of water, 4,500 acres of park lands, and 3,500 acres of wildlife area.
- There’s plenty to explore as El Dorado holds the title of Kansas' largest state park.
- Accessibility is a main feature of El Dorado, and it is regarded as one of the state's most handicapped accessible parks.
- There is space for everyone in one of the park’s 1,100 campsites.
- Visitors can enjoy swimming beaches as well as a trail system consisting of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails.
Now that you are more familiar with the Park and what it has to offer, it’s time to go over the RV campgrounds in El Dorado State Park.
El Dorado State Park Camping
Read on for some of the options for RV campgrounds in and near El Dorado State Park.
Deer Grove RV Park
Located just south of El Dorado State Park, Deer Grove RV Park offers full hookups for overnight stays, as well as free cable and Wi-Fi at each campsite. Their clean restrooms and showers are available all year round, and the climate controlled laundry room has a local phone available 24/7. In case of tornados, there is an on-site tornado shelter so you don’t get carried off like Dorothy. Finally, the rustic, but elegant "Club House" is available for events or RV Rally use.
Capacity: 45 RV sites
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El Dorado RV Park
Want to explore all that the park has to offer without leaving its limits? Reserve a campsite from one of El Dorado’s four primary campgrounds. These grounds include 1,100 campsites that range from primitive to full utility hookups, 11 group picnic shelters, 10 camping cabins, showers, and laundry and restroom facilities.
Permits can be purchased from the state park office, gate houses, camp hosts, or the self-pay stations. There is a 14-day limit for all campground stays. For visitors wanting a longer stay, a 14-day extension may be obtained with written permission from the park manager.
El Dorado State Park Campground Frontier 9
Situated right at the edge of the Walnut River, the Frontier 9 campground is a beautiful area surrounded by large trees that offer plenty of shade. The ground’s large and spacious sites come with both power hookups and water. Just steps from El Dorado Lake, you’ll be sure to catch the cool wind rolling off the water to soothe your sunburn from a day of fishing or swimming.
Big Oak Campground
On the other side of the Walnut River, you’ll find spacious and shady areas for tent or RV camping in the Big Oak Campground. These grounds have access to fishing, swimming, and trails all within walking distance. The semi-rustic concrete block bathrooms are clean and easily accessible, and there are electrical hookups for your RV at each site. Wildlife lovers can catch a view of critters in the early morning –– from deer and wild turkey to raccoons, a woodchuck family and, if you’re lucky, a family of armadillos!
Bluestem Point Area - Sunflower Meadow Campground
On the peninsula that cuts right into El Dorado Lake sits the Bluestem Point Area - Sunflower Meadow Campground. This is the perfect beach area to swim, relax, or get the family out on the jet skis! The bathrooms have a reputation of being a bit of an “adventure,” but you won’t be spending much time inside with all the outdoor wonder to explore.
Bluestem Point Area - Big Pine Campground
Bluestem Point Big Pine at El Dorado State Park can be your home away from home. With access to a variety of trails for hiking, biking, or horseback riding, there is something for everyone. This site offers a laundry facility and a general store and bait shop nearby to stock up on essentials. Enjoy the open fields, the rocky shorelines, or the old river channels perfect for fishing.
Capacity: 1,110 RV sites
More Information: El Dorado RV Park
Things To Do While El Dorado State Park Camping
Opportunities for adventure and making memories of a lifetime await you in El Dorado State Park. Here is a list of some of the popular activities in the park.
- Mountain biking
- Horseback riding
- Jet skiing
- Paddle boarding
- Wildlife spotting
RV Rentals for El Dorado State Park
Your bags are packed and you’re ready to spend a relaxing vacation on the lake. The only thing left on your to-do list is to rent an RV for your El Dorado State Park camping trip.
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