The best camping near Council Grove Lake

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Basecamp Flint Hills

19 sites · RVs, Tents5 acres · Allen, KS
Located on the Flint Hills Trail State Park in Allen Kansas, Basecamp Flint Hills offers camping in the scenic Flint Hills of Kansas. BFH is 20 miles north of the world capital of gravel cycling, Emporia KS, and 20 miles east of historical Council Grove. Ideally suited for tent camping, BFH has hammock trees and shaded acreage. Two back-in camper sites with power and water are also available for those who prefer a bit more luxury. This is a community style campground where picnic tables and campfires will be shared with your neighbors. We encourage you to expand your circle and enjoy the experience! Seasonal facilities include an open air, cold water shower and port-a-potty available April through October. Visit our website for a campground map and information on local amenities - www.basecampflinthills.com We do not currently have adequate infrastructure to accommodate horses.
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Pink Gravel Campsites

7 sites · RVs, Tents3 acres · Dwight, KS
This campground can be found within city limits of the small town of Dwight located in northern Morris County, Kansas. It's a perfect place to stay during your back road adventure through the Flint Hills of Kansas. Enjoy exploring all the corners of our small town on two feet or two wheels. Have a picnic or play horseshoes in the City Park, visit the Dwight Library or schedule a visit to the Swartz School museum. On Main Street you can find two large limestone structures from the early days of Dwight - the old limestone hardware store and the limestone bank. Dwight is minutes from Ag Heritage Park and Museum in Alta Vista; the historic Council Grove with shopping, restaurants, lakes and Flint Hills Nature Trail; or Fort Riley Army Base, home of the Big Red 1. Our campground geared toward short stays for those looking for a quiet, safe place for an overnight or for a few nights as you visit friends, family or attending nearby event. Nearby towns within 70 miles (1 hour) of Dwight, Ks: Alta Vista - 7 miles - by way of HWY 4 White City - 10 miles - by way of HWY 4 Council Grove - 18 miles - by way of HWY 4 and 177 South Junction City/Fort Riley - 19 miles - by way of HWY 57 Herington - 30 miles - by way of HWY 4 and 77 Manhattan - 34 miles - by way of Hwy 4 and 177 North Milford Lake - 40 miles - by way of Hwy 57 and 77 Abilene - 45 miles - by way of HWY 57 and I-70 Emporia - 52 miles - via Council Grove to Hwy 56 to Road F. Topeka - 63 miles - via Hwy 4 to 177 to I-70
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Equine Estates Rustic Horse Ranch

16 sites · RVs, Tents83 acres · Junction City, KS
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1tYHWJySa7pag2UEH2Awz8SA2tkbGhoXzDCdi7HzY_lI/edit?usp=sharing Once an old property of the railroad, then old dairy farm, now the property of a retired Army combat veteran: Equine Estates Rustic Ranch has over 80 acres of land and hosts the beauty of the Flint Hills of Kansas, seclusion of the great outdoors, and yet the location to all the amenities of the city just minutes away. Located just minutes from interstate 70, our home is easily accessible for the travelers both near and far. Our property can accommodate trailers with water and electric, tents, or even stay in one of our Glamping Bell tents or Rent a Tents.
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Bare Ass Acres

10 sites · RVs, Tents30 acres · Emporia, KS
30 acres with large shop, pond, and hedgerows. 3 miles west of Emporia off hwy 50. Learn more about this land: 30 acres hay field with a pond for swimming or fishing. Shouse (shop house) owner lives on site. Looking for people that come to Emporia Kansas for community events like the Dirty Kanza, Disc Golf, and more.
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Hessdale Hill

2 sites · Tents6000 acres · Eskridge, KS
Wooded hillside campsite high above a clear running stream with firepit and grate for cooking. Privacy, peace and quiet. Plenty of well spaced trees for hammocks. Multiple tent sites together. Catfish nearby in creek. Hiking available over the Flint Hills on a minimum maintenance road with spectacular views of Tallgrass Prairie.
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Acorns Resort

22 sites · Lodging, RVs10 acres · Milford, KS
Come relax with us. Our comfortable accommodations and amenities will have your stress melting away. Our onsite restaurant will keep you well-fed and fueled for days of fun and adventure. Bring your RV or stay in one of our cabins. We're right on the water! Milford Lake is the state's largest lake at over 15,000 surface acres. Every year, this lake draws hundreds of thousands of visitors who come for boating, fishing, and relaxing on Milford Lake's shores. Among the lake's 163 miles of shoreline, visitors will find sandy beaches perfect for swimming and enjoying the cool water during a hot summer or launching canoes, kayaks, and other personal watercraft. There are 14 public boat launches around the lake for launching larger sailboats, fishing boats, or pleasure boats. If you're coming to Lake Milford, be sure to pack a fishing rod. One of the most popular activities at the lake is fishing. The most popular gamefish include Wipers, Walleye, Crappie, Largemouth, Smallmouth Spotted Bass, Blue and Channel Catfish, and White bass. Whether you're an experienced angler or a complete beginner, you'll catch your limit at Milford Lake. Multiple state records have been pulled from its waters. Welcome to Kansas Premier Lakeside Resort (est 2005), where every season is a unique experience. This is a true all-in-one destination surrounded by boundless indoor and outdoor activities and history. Come for sand, water, fresh air, beautiful cabins, RV sites, boating, fishing, hiking, wildlife, delicious food and drinks, family reunions, events, meetings and weddings, bonfires, live entertainment, etc., and leave with incredible memories until your next visit.
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Dry Creek Post

5 sites · Lodging13 acres · Cedar Point, KS
While cruising the winding backroads of the Flint Hills to the property, you will immediately become enchanted by the peaceful scenery, beautiful skies with striking cloud formations, wind swirling through the trees, an abundance of animal life, and the flora and fauna. When you arrive at the property, hosts Kirt and Kim will be there to greet you with a smile, and give you a tour of the grounds. And, if you are lucky, Kim will bring you a basket of fresh baked goods. Farm dogs Charlie and Buddy, no doubt, will be there to tag along on your tour - but not to worry, they are friendly dogs who keep guard over the chickens and goats, and are sure to become your two new best friends. After your tour of the vast and serene property, you will be shown to one of the three group tents, or the more secluded tent on the other side of the property - depending on which tent(s) you reserved. All of the glamping tents are safari style with spacious interiors and luxurious details you are sure to love. The three group tents can sleep up to 4 each, and are furnished with a queen and two twin-sized beds, along with cozy decor. There is no electricity in the tents, but there are lanterns and solar lights to help guide your way back to your retreat after dark. The group tent area also includes a community fire pit for late night S'mores, another outdoor area with a gazebo and a grill, and an enclosed outhouse and shower. The secluded tent is for those who want a little more privacy. This tent is furnished with a queen size bed, and is stylishly decorated. This tent also includes a fire pit, private outdoor seating area with grill, and a private enclosed outhouse and shower. Along with the incredible tents, Dry Creek Post also offers many perks that bring guests back time after time. There is a shared outdoor kitchen with a grill, sink, propane oven, and an outdoor dining table large enough to seat 10, plus, the Rowdy Rooster Clubhouse. The Rowdy Rooster is the infamous clubhouse that is always a hit with guests. This clubhouse is original to the property, and was renovated by owners, Kim and Kirt, for guest use. Along with the hand-painted "Texaco" sign on the floor, the clubhouse has a rustic feel, and gives you the feeling that you have stepped back in time, or into a really cool bar in the city. The Rowdy Rooster includes a bar area, mini fridge, table and chairs, popcorn machine, lots of games, and blankets for chilly nights. Its the perfect spot to sit and play cards, have a few cocktails, or an impromptu dance party. The Rowdy Rooster also has an attached deck with seating, another fire pit, and a movie screen for special movie nights! While there are many activities at Dry Creek Post to keep you busy, there are also many scenic places to visit in the area. Some of those locations include Chase State Fishing Lake, Council Grove Lake, Herington City Lakes, Flint Hills Scenic Byway, Flint Hills Wildfire Drive, Marion Reservoir, and the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. There are also many cultural events in the area, including the Flint Hills Rodeo, Unbound Gravel, and Symphony in the Flint Hills. You'll also want to make a stop at the historic Chase County Courthouse in Cottonwood Falls, an Italianate architectural stunner that is still in use today. After visiting the courthouse, there are shops, an art gallery, antique shops, and spots to eat, so go out and wander the charming downtown area and support the local community. No matter what your adventure is within the area, Dry Creek Post is the perfect spot to unwind and find tranquility, an experience you won't soon forget.
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Unbound Gravel Ranch

10 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents30 acres · Neosho Rapids, KS
Discover a peaceful countryside camping spot designed exclusively for Unbound Gravel riders! Revel in the camper's paradise tailored to biker comforts, just a short 10-15 minute drive from Emporia and the race start. Our amenities include barn shower access, shared bathrooms, a convenient bike wash, and on race morning, enjoy complimentary coffee, juice, water. Breakfast options include an oatmeal bar, fruit, and breakfast burritos (with both vegetarian and meat options at $10 per person). After your epic ride, unwind by the firepit and relish the camaraderie of fellow riders. Welcome to your haven in the heart of gravel racing! 🚴🏕️
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Redtail Ranch in the Flint Hills

3 sites · RVs6 acres · Wamego, KS
Ranch on 6 acres nestled in the Flint Hills region. Ideally suited for group tent camping (see Redtail Ranch tent camping web site ) but we can host one RV as well. Close to the TallGrass Prairie National Preserve and Konza prairie. Come discover the beauty of the prairie of the Flint Hills ! Facilities include playground and trampoline. Firepit available for use. No access to the house.
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Lazy Dogs Ranch

1 site · RV, Tent7 acres · Abilene, KS
We have a small Christmas tree farm and some barnyard animals on about 7 1/2 acres of land. We are located on blacktop 7 miles north of historic Abilene, Kansas. Sunsets are beautiful here at the farm. We are a short drive to Milford lake and conveniently located off of I 70. One tent site is available in the tree field. Water, electricity, and a flush toilet are located very close at the Christmas tree lodge.
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Edge Of The Road Camping Ground

4 sites · RVs, Tents10 acres · Carbondale, KS
Inspired by the surrounding landscape, Edge Of The Road Camping Ground was designed to make your visit a unique, comfortable and fun experience. Here you can take full advantage of numerous beautiful views that are guaranteed to make your stay with us a memorable one. The property is 15 acres with a 2-acre pond. We have (large but gentle) guardian dogs, and a flock of chickens, ducks, and guinea fowl. Spring weather camping is the best! The campsites are secluded from the main house so you are able to enjoy the sounds of nature. There are no structures in place. Located in rural Kansas, 12 miles south of Topeka along the path of the Santa Fe Trail. This camping spot will make you feel like you're one with nature and is within driving distance to quality shopping and entertainment. Pop up your tent or park right next to the private pond. Sites are hidden from the road and secluded. However, we do live on the edge of the railway so the train will make an appearance during your stay. Whether it's a spot to crash before and after a day of skiing, taking a road trip, or simply shaking off cabin fever, this is the spot for you. The pond has a dock to sit on as you watch the sunrise. Bring your fishing gear and cast a line into our well-stocked pond. A table, fire rings, wood, and a smoker grill for cooking are provided for your use. Enjoy a day of fishing or strolling the property and finish off a relaxing day by watching the sunset by the fire. Camping is primitive with no shower facilities. A generator is available upon request. We can't wait to see you! Enjoy your stay!! Explore our site to see what we have to offer, and don’t hesitate to reach out with questions.
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Eagle Ridge Ranch

5 sites · Tents200 acres · Chapman, KS
Just minutes off of I-70 Eagle Ridge Ranch is.a working regenerative agriculture ranch with multiple species of livestock living within rolling pastures vast crop fields multiple tree lined creeks. Self service farm stand with meat and eggs raised on the farm. Opportunities to view a working regenerative ranch or just get away in solitude.
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The best camping near Council Grove Lake guide

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About

History is what you’ll find at Council Grove Lake. At the park, you can explore some of the last remaining tallgrass prairie, and travel on the historic Santa Fe Trail. Take advantage of the interpretative programs at the park, and immerse yourself in the history and culture of the native Kanza and Osage tribes. For some good old fashioned recreation, visit the lake and enjoy fishing, swimming, and boating. Use your weekend for good and spend it in nature, at Council Grove Lake!

When to go

The ideal time to visit Council Grove Lake is during the spring and fall when the weather is mild and the natural scenery is at its peak. Summer months offer warm temperatures perfect for water activities, though they can be quite busy. Winters are less crowded but may be too chilly for some outdoor pursuits. Always check local conditions and park advisories before planning your trip.

Know before you go

  • Ensure water safety by wearing life jackets and following posted guidelines.
  • Check for any recreation closures or advisories before your visit.
  • Accessibility varies across different areas of the park; inquire ahead for specific needs.
  • Volunteer opportunities are available for those who wish to contribute to the park's upkeep.
  • For a smooth experience, familiarize yourself with the shoreline management plans and lake levels.

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