The best camping near Wilson Lake

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Wilson Lake adventure.

100% (3 reviews)
100% (3 reviews)

Discover the scenic beauty and outdoor adventures at Wilson Lake.  

Popular ways to camp

Book externally

Public campgrounds in the park
Book externally

Stay at a public campground in Wilson Lake

Top-rated campgrounds near Wilson Lake

97%
(93)

Atlas Ad Astra - Missile Silo

3 sites · RVs, Tents24 acres · Wilson, KS
Come explore this incredible piece of Cold War History as you will get a tour of the underground Atlas F Missile Base!
Pets
Toilets
Campfires
from 
$35
 / night
99%
(1993)

C2T Ranch on the Saline River

17 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents2160 acres · Plainville, KS
You won't believe you are still in Kansas! C2T Ranch is a working regenerative cattle ranch, with over 4 miles of Saline River running through it. Amazing 150' tall limestone cliffs rise above river and several spring fed creeks feed into the river. There is hiking galore in the canyons or on the cliffs, fishing in the rivers, or bird watching on the native prairie above the cliffs. Fossil hunters can find a variety of fossilized shells, as well as native septarian and calcite for the rockhounds. Our picturesque, secluded campground has primitive and powered campsites, plus several glamping tent, all dispersed along an amazing horseshoe bend of the Saline River, each with direct river access. We're only a 20 minute drive north of Hays, Kansas and I-70, come visit us today!
Pets
Potable water
Toilets
from 
$35
 / night
94%
(8)

Set in Stone Cabins, RV & Tent camp

22 sites · RVs, Tents3 acres · Lucas, KS
Walking distance from the Garden of Eden, World Fanciest Toilet, Wilson State Lake and many other art studios and sites to see. Across the street you will find old-fashioned home cooking at the K 18 Café. The convenience store across the street has groceries, charcoal, ice, a mechanic spot, pizza, wings, and a sub shop.
Pets
Potable water
Toilets
from 
$15
 / night
99%
(125)

Branded 5 Stable & Kennel LLC

3 sites · RVs, Tents119 acres · Hays, KS
 We work hard to care for the animals that live here and provide an interesting experience for our visitors. Our stable provides beautiful views of the Kansas landscape, prairie and rock bluffs surround the farm. The stable is situated on a dead end road with little traffic, close to town so you can still enjoy great eating places in Hays.  We are just a few short miles to Fort Hays State University, we are both alumni of FHSU- Go Tigers!  We have 6 horse pens for overnight travels- Coggins are required before unloading.  We also have 3 big spacious dog kennels.
Pets
Potable water
Toilets
from 
$35
 / night

Maier Angus Ranch

2 sites · RVs1000 acres · Natoma, KS
Located only 1/4 mile off of K18 pavement on the outskirts of the small town of Natoma, our ranch is made up of the rare and beautiful hills of the Paradise Creek valley with magnificent Sunrise/Sunset! Secluded parking alongside fields of alfalfa with a wonderful view of our hills to the west and south. Easy and private walking or bike riding along the dirt road. There are horse corrals at our homestead if needed.
Pets
from 
$100
 / night
100%
(5)

Hughes Holler

1 site · Lodging5 acres · Marquette, KS
The Hughes Holler camp site is located in the mix grassed prairie of central Kansas. The site was once a homestead of some of the early pioneers of the area. While none of the remnants of the former farmstead remain. The the tranquility of sitting at a campfire on the banks of the pond can let ones mind wonder about what life would have been like living there in days gone by. The site includes a spring fed pond with abundant fishing, predominately white bass. Guests are allowed to keep any fish they wish to eat on site. But please release any others back into the pond. There is a wooded area which provides nice shade for an area to relax from the Kansas summer sun and wind. Campers can also enjoy a camp fire either pond side of underneath the trees. Sleeping accommodations are in a deluxe water proof tent. There are 2 queen air mattress which will comfortably sleep 4 people. There is also a composting toilet on site. Glamping Hosts provide some hot drink mixes, a coffe perculator, pot for boiling water, or making soup, a cooking grate for the fire, some hygiene products. We are working on a solar shower! We are located 2 miles from the Kanopolis Lake wildlife and recreation area. Which includes numerous hiking trails at Horse Thief canyon. As well as 7 miles from historic Marquette with its unique downtown shops and activities: distillery, motorcycle museum, soda fountain shop/homemade ice cream, disc golf course, grocery store and liquor store. Also, located just 15 miles from Little Swedon, Lindsborg, KS. Great shopping and museums, art galleries for you enjoyment!
Pets
Toilets
Campfires
from 
$79
 / night

The best camping near Wilson Lake guide

Overview

About

Located along the Saline River in central Kansas, Wilson Lake is without a doubt a leading candidate in the beauty pageant for lakes. It is defined by its clear blue waters and rugged shoreline of scenic cliffs and rocky outcrops.

The excellent striper and white bass fishing are a main draw for anglers, and shutterbugs will appreciate the chance to photograph deer, pheasant, waterfowl, songbirds, and furbearers. Avid hikers should for sure try the Dakota Trail for primo views of both the lake and native Kansas Prairie. The 25-mile long Switchgrass Bike Trail is a fave among mountain bikers, and Cedar Trail is a more relaxed hiking loop if you’d prefer to not be sweatin’ to the oldies.

Notable campgrounds

  • Minooka Park - Offers a mix of utility and primitive sites with access to open ramps and a courtesy dock.
  • Sylvan Park - Known for its year-round shower facilities and $20 utility sites during the off-season.
  • Lucas Park - Provides a serene camping experience with utility sites and vault toilets, even in the off-season.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book early, especially for peak season stays from May 15 to September 15, to secure your preferred spot.
  • Consider off-season camping for better availability and reduced rates.
  • Check for cancellations regularly as plans change and spots may open up.
  • Explore nearby camping options to increase your chances of finding a great site.

When to go

The best time to visit Wilson Lake is during the regular season from May 15 to September 15, when all facilities are fully operational. Off-season visitors can still enjoy the park's natural beauty, but should be prepared for fewer amenities and cooler weather.

Know before you go

  • Normal business hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 4pm, with rangers often in the field.
  • Adhere to Title 36 CFR 327 for all rules and regulations during your visit.
  • Day-use fees apply from May 1 to September 30 at designated boat ramps.
  • Annual passes are available for purchase, offering discounts on boat launches and camping fees.
  • Always check the latest conditions for boat ramps and campgrounds before your trip.

Safety at Hipcamp

Inclusion Policy
Inclusion Policy
Inclusion Policy
Hipcamp Hand

Safety partners

Recreate Responsibly

About us

Hipcamp is the most comprehensive resource for beautiful private campsites.

Discover and reserve tent camping, RV parks, cabins, treehouses, and glamping.

Download the Hipcamp App

Hipcamp is created with ❤️ and hope for our future.