The best camping near El Dorado State Park

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Gail F.’s Land

3 sites · RVs, Tents160 acres · Severy, KS
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Camping close to McConnell AFB

12 sites · RVs, Tents80 acres · Derby, KS
After living in the country I know how peaceful it can be.  So being so close to the city and having this space that is secluded and peaceful it seemed only fair to share it with someone who is interested in the same thing.  When you drive onto the property you will take the first left and follow the grave towards the pond then take a right, drive past the garden, past the fire pit and toward the trees.  From there you can pick your spot to spend sometime enjoying the great outdoors.
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Turner's Quarter

1 site · RV3 acres · Andover, KS
Learn more about this land:Come stay for a night at Turner's Quarter in our quiet country neighborhood. Enjoy access to a large fire pit, free firewood, and a large area for your camping activities. Take in a view of the bright night sky you just cant get in the city. Only 1 minute off the highway and only a quick walk to the main house in case of an urgent need. Perfect spot to stay a night if you're traveling across the state and don't want to stay at a busy campground. There are other houses nearby, but only home you can really see is ours from the site. We are careful to ensure our camper's privacy during their stay! ***We are not allowed to offer tent camping at this time due to Hip Camp's requirement of a toilet. We are working to find a solution that meets Hip Camp's policies.***
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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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Split Rock Retreat - Campground

3 sites · RVs, Tents1 acre · Toronto, KS
Then come find serenity near Toronto Lake! This is 4 lots side by side surrounded by trees. .68 acres. Take a walk down your own private path to the lake - path is located on land managed by the Army Corps of Engineers. Lots of tall trees line the property creating privacy and peacefulness. Hike to the waters edge or go exploring. There are 2 RV sites. They all have FULL SERVICE Sewer, Electricity and Water. Site #1 Is the Montana Cabin sleeps 4 - Wheelchair accessible. www.SplitRockCamp.com for details and to reserve. Site #2 is the host cabin and Is not for rent and not to be accessed. Site #3 is a Full Service RV site Pull in site facing the firepit, picnic table, and a covered outhouse. Please do not move the picnic table or fire pit. This is the larger more equipped site. It does include Water, Sewer and Electric Site #4 is a Full Service RV site is to the left of site 3. It is a back in spot facing the rock garden. It does include Water, Sewer and Electric Site #5 Bath House - 2 potties available to everyone on site. Cabin 9 Sunflower cabin, sleeps 6 www.SplitRockCamp.com to reserve. Cabin 10 Driftwood cabin, sleeps 6 www.SplitRockCamp.com to reserve. Close to public hunting! Great Fishing Walking Paths Secluded Neighborhood Private and not a typical situation. There are also two cabins available to rent on SplitRockCamp.com So peaceful and private you will never want to leave. **domestic pets welcome but please pick up after them** FREE TRASH DUMPSTERS AT END OF ROAD
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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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Urban Camper: Close to everything!

1 site · Lodging1 acre · Wichita, KS
Learn more about this land:Spend the night in a cozy 1971 Nomad camper. Heat/running water provided. Full bathroom with shower. Full size bed. Picnic table and fire pit nearby for your use. Firewood is provide. Our camper is located five blocks from Old Town entertainment district and not far from music venues and Intrust Arena.You are walking distance to great Brew Pubs (Central Standard Brewery, Hoping Gnome, and Norton's) to name a few.Easy access from the highway and great connection to anywhere you want to go in Wichita!
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Buster’s Lakeside Retreat

1 site · RV5 acres · Clearwater, KS
Quiet area with pond, gazebo, and beautiful views. Land is flat, but surrounded by trees for privacy. Site includes 30Amp or 50Amp hookup, but no toilet facilities available onsite. We live next door so you can stop at the house to fill up your fresh water tank before setting up at the camp site. You’re welcome to fish or enjoy the island on the pond with gazebo. Hiking around the pond area is also encouraged.
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Eric M.’s Land

3 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents320 acres · Leon, KS
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Hayseed Farm

3 sites · RVs, Tents20 acres · Derby, KS
We are the Hayse Family and we recently moved from New Braunfels, Texas to Derby, Kansas. Why leave the excitement of one of the fastest growing areas in the country for Derby you ask? The answer is two fold. Family – we have family all over Kansas and for years have been driving 10 hours for every holiday. We finally decided that our time is just too precious to be spending that much of it on the road. While we miss our Texas friends dearly, we are so happy to finally be close to family! Homesteading – we have always had the dream of raising our own food. We found a beautiful piece of land between Derby and Rose Hill. We are renovating the house first and then will focus more on the homesteading efforts. We currently have chickens, goats, a garden plot, and fruit trees. All our animals will be pasture raised and all our food will not be treated with anything harmful. We sometimes have pigs and by the end of the year hope to have least one dairy cow. Stay tuned for more updates! Thanks for visiting, The Hayse FamilyLearn more about this land:Pitch your tent or bring your RV and experience life on the beautiful Kansas prairie! Note: the dirt road back to the campsite can get muddy. If there is too much rain, we may want you to set up closer to the house!
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Boxcar Family Escape

1 site · RV, Tent1 acre · Rose Hill, KS
Climb to the top of a rustic train boxcar and take in the beautiful Kansas country sky. Our peaceful property is a perfect escape while still being only 10 minutes from gas, grocery, and restaurants in Rose Hill. Derby Walmart Supercenter is 20 minutes away, and Wichita proper is just a 25-30 minute drive.29 Mile away you have El Dorado State Park which is a showstopper of family fun! Located in the Flint Hills, this park has an immense wildlife area, over 8,000 acres of water, and 98 miles of shoreline (think beaches and coolers filled with cold beer). While you are here, you can take your boat on this expansive lake to explore it all while you fish for your dinner. Back on the land you’ll be beckoned by picturesque hiking trails, biking trails, and horse trails. There is a wide variety of campsites on the shoreline, offering the perfect vista to see the moon and stars reflected back into the lake. Kansas magic at its best!Meet our friendly indoor/outdoor cats, and maybe even spot a deer in the surrounding fields as you relax around the fire pit. Visitors in June can even harvest fresh mulberries from several trees surrounding the camping area. We commonly see deer, squirrels, rabbits, and a large variety of birds. We've occasionally spotted bald eagles in our surrounding trees.No pets allowed. 
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Jester Creek Country Acres

4 sites · RVs13 acres · Valley Center, KS
Learn more about this land:Peaceful. Quiet. Wooded creek wraps around property. Country walks by the creek and on the country roads. Bo my lab will probably want to go with you if you let him. Great country scenery and gorgeous Kansas sunsets.
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The best camping near El Dorado State Park guide

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El Dorado State Park is a showstopper of family fun! Located in the Flint Hills, this park has an immense wildlife area, over 8,000 acres of water, and 98 miles of shoreline (think beaches and coolers filled with cold beer). While you are here, you can take your boat on this expansive lake to explore it all while you fish for your dinner. Back on the land you’ll be beckoned by picturesque hiking trails, biking trails, and horse trails. There is a wide variety of campsites on the shoreline, offering the perfect vista to see the moon and stars reflected back into the lake. Kansas magic at its best!

Notable campgrounds

  • Bluestem Point: Offers a mix of primitive and utility campsites, perfect for both tent camping and RVs, with stunning lake views.
  • Walnut River: Known for its shaded sites and proximity to the water, this campground is ideal for families and anglers alike.
  • Boulder Bluff: Features equestrian-friendly sites with corrals, catering to those who wish to explore the park on horseback.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book early, especially for peak season weekends, as sites at El Dorado State Park fill up quickly.
  • Consider visiting during the weekdays for better availability and a quieter camping experience.
  • Keep an eye on the park's alerts for any last-minute openings due to cancellations.
  • Explore nearby camping options if your preferred campground is fully booked.

When to go

The best time to visit El Dorado State Park is during the spring and fall when the weather is mild and the natural scenery is at its most vibrant. Summer offers a wealth of activities but can be quite hot. Winters are less crowded but may be too chilly for some outdoor activities.

Know before you go

  • Check the park's website for any alerts on blue-green algae advisories before planning water activities.
  • Be aware of the park's winter hours for the office: Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm, with closures on weekends.
  • Remember to purchase the necessary permits for camping and any specific activities like fishing or hunting.
  • Accessibility is a priority, with ADA camping available and trails designed for various needs.
  • For a seamless experience, download the CampIt KS Mobile App for easy access to park information and services.

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