The best camping near Prairie Dog State Park

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Creek Bins Fortress Camp

1 site · RVLenora, KS
Formerly the Legendary "McKinley Ranch". This site is within walking distance to the exact location of the Norton Meteorite crash spot. Many pieces were found but the largest chunk was taken by a University. A piece is also in the Smithsonian. Also the largest contiguous piece of grassland pasture in Norton County, this property sits on the state line in between Nebraska and Kansas. Rich with Native and Pioneer heritage, Indian camp sites, old creek crossings and buffalo wallers can all be seen. A crumbling schoolhouse foundation makes for great exploration with metal detectors and many scenic viewpoints atop bluffs make for wonderful photo opportunities. Don't forget to sit quietly and watch the wildlife passing by. Learn more about this land:Tuck your RV or tent away within a Fortress of empty Grain Bins. 1 minute walk to the creek. Bin-top perch and whitetail or mule deer and turkey watching. Other wildlife includes, squirrels, badgers, oppossums, raccoons, rabbits, coyotes, bobcats and an occasional mountain lion! Cacophone of birds in the morning. Otherwise silent, scenic and mesmerizing. Site sits 50 yards from abandoned 100-yard deep silo with concrete floor and 12 ft dirt wall. Optional handgun activities.
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Hazels Heaven

3 sites · RVs10 acres · Quinter, KS
Learn more about this land:Sheridan wildlife area is 3/4 mile north for hiking and wildlife (deer, turkey, bird watching) viewing. coffee bar, brewery, antiques, and groceries within 5 miles.  At the campsite, numerous yard games are available with a campfire in the centrally located pit, weather permitting. Corrals and barn are available for the livestock haulers, kennels are available for dogs. Experience tranquility in this open country setting. Please use the directions I give, NOT GOOGLE. Thanks.
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6 Road Ranch & Campground

1 site · RV, Tent40 acres · Stockton, KS
6 Road Ranch & Campground at Webster Reservoir has 6 50/30/20 amp campsites with water, electricity and septic hookups and 2 30 amp campsites with water and electricity. Rates are $20 per night, $200 for two weeks, or $400 per month. Nex-Tech WiFi internet is available for small additional charge. All sites have picnic tables and there is horseshoes. Perfect site for weekend get away, long term camping, group outings and hunters. Please contact Daryl Cooper at 785-421-8075.
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L← GUEST HOUSE

4 sites · Lodging, RVs, TentsHayes Center, NE
We are located in the heart of the prairie, with wild life all around!  From pheasants and turkey to dear and coyote!  On hot summer days you can hear the corn in near by fields grow.  It is a tranquil peace and quite you won't find just anywhere.
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The best camping near Prairie Dog State Park guide

Overview

About

At Prairie Dog State Park, you'll definitely get in your vintage fix. With two 19th century buildings, you'll really feel the prairie life before telephones and Facebook were a thing. Whether you're staying in one of the cabins or partaking in more primitive camping, the wide open prairies will be a place of beauty to reflect and relax. Six different breeds of fish are up for catching in the Sebelius Reservoir, and the expansive 6,400-acre grounds of the Norton Wildlife Area leave abundant opportunities for finding waterfowl, rabbits, mule deer, and everything in between. We won't say the nearby Hillmoon Schoolhouse is haunted, but a nighttime visit with flashlight in tow may yield some interesting results.

Notable campgrounds

  • Cedar Ridge Campground: Full hookups including sewer, perfect for RVs and modern camping experiences.
  • Prairie Dog Campground: Offers a mix of water and electric sites, ideal for both RVs and tents.
  • Shady Rest Campground: Provides water and electric sites nestled in a serene setting for a peaceful retreat.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book early, especially for peak season stays, to ensure your spot in this popular park.
  • Consider mid-week camping for better availability and a quieter experience.
  • Keep an eye on cancellations to snag a last-minute reservation.
  • Explore nearby camping options if the park is fully booked, to still enjoy the area's natural beauty.

When to go

The best time to visit Prairie Dog State Park is during the spring and fall when the weather is mild and the natural scenery is at its most vibrant. Summer offers full services but can be hot and busy. Winters are quiet but with limited amenities, and water is turned off park-wide.

Know before you go

  • Check the park alerts for any closures or safety information before your visit.
  • Water is turned off during winter months, so plan to bring your own.
  • All vehicles require a permit, available at the park office from 8:30am to 5pm.
  • ADA accessible facilities are available, ensuring an inclusive experience for all visitors.
  • Remember to always wear your life jacket when on the water for safety.

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