KANSAS STATE PARKS
Dept. of Wildlife & Parks
512 SE 25th Ave.
Pratt, KS 67124-8174
CEDAR BLUFF STATE PARK
RR 2, Box 76A,
Ellis, Kansas 67637
Cedar Bluff State Park is located 13 miles S of I-70 on Highway 147, accessed from Exit 135. The park straddles Cedar Bluff Reservoir and the Page Creek area (more secluded) on the S shore. The park is open from April 15-Labor Day. Park office hours are from 8 am- 5 pm and from 8 am – 9 pm Friday and Saturday.
The cabins at Cedar Bluff State Park provide an alternative camping opportunity. With a fully paved access, each cabin is handicapped accessible, making it a convenient facility for everyone’s enjoyment. For only $25 per night you can experience the beauty of the bluffs and reservoir from the comfort of one of two primitive cabins.
Other services: Interpretive programs, nature trails, special events, camp store, Rent-A-Camp program, Kansas Outdoor Store, volleyball, horseshoes.
Each cabin contains 5 single beds, portable gas stove, portable gas lantern, water cooler, table and chairs, wood burning stove. Beds are fitted with mattresses only, so bring your own bedding. Contact the park staff if you need more beds than the cabin capacity. The cabins are equipped with outdoor fire rings/grills, picnic tables large sliding glass doors and windows for ventilation and wildlife viewing. Showers and restroom are located nearby.
A fully refundable damage deposit of $25 is required. This needs to be submitted as a separate check. Cabins are reservable for $5 plus first night’s rental and deposit. Reservations recommended for weekends and during hunting seasons.
EL DORADO STATE PARK and Wildlife Area
618 NE Bluestem Road
El Dorado, KS 67042\
316/755-2711 Regional Office
316/755-7180 - Park
El Dorado Reservoir is located just N and E of the site of El Dorado at the edge of the scenic Flint Hills. The reservoir was constructed by the US Army Corps of Engineers as a multi-purpose area for flood control, water supply, and recreation. It was complete in June 1981.The reservoir at the conservation pool is 8,000 surface acres of water with about 98 miles of shoreline. The average depth is 19 feet. The Kansas Dept. of Wildlife now manages the area. The park offers 4,000 acres of land for public hunting, including 2 refuge areas.
Hunting: The Flint Hills area offers hunting for quail, prairie chicken, dove, turkey and deer. Pheasants are present, but numbers are low. A substantial number of waterfowl is attracted to the reservoir and the Wildlife Dept. has established a flock of giant Canadaian geese on the reservoir. An application is needed for a license to hunt in the area. Only temporary blinds are authorized. Hunting is designated in areas marked "Public Hunting."
Fishing: El Dorado Reservoir has been stocked with sportfish, including walleye, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, and bluegill. Other species include flathead, catfish, white crappie, white bass, black bullhead, drum, and carp.
The lower half of the lake has steep, rocky shorelines. Half the timber in the reservoir basin remains standing. Fish attractors have been placed throughout the lake for breeding.
To get to the cabins at El Dorado, enter Bluestem Point off Highway 177. Stay on the main road through Bluestem Point. Before reaching Boat Ramp #2, take the swimming beach turn off and follow the road to the cabins.
The Cabins: These are log cabins and are great for those that prefer not to rough it. You can view the comfort of the lake from the cabins. Beds are fitted with mattresses only, so bring you own bedding. The cabins also are equipped with BBQ grills, picnic tables and glass windows. For convenience, restrooms and shower facilities are located nearby.
Reservations made by phone, in person or by mail, with a credit card required for payment. A reservation fee equals the total cabin rental fee, and a $5 refundable reservation deposit. All deposits are non-refundable. Make checks payable to "Friends of El Dorado Lake." All mailed and phone requests must be made one week in advance.
Cabins rent for $36 per night on Friday, Saturday, and holidays, and $30 other times of the year. A $4 vehicle permit to gain entrance to the park is required.
The cabins are equipped with full bed, bunk bed, electricity, AC, heat, picnic table and BBW grill.
You may request reservations for up to 5 cabins. Each cabin request must include the total reservation fee.
Check-in 2 pm and check out 12 pm Check-in 4 pm on Sundays and Holidays and check-out at 2 pm Sundays and holidays. A $35 damage deposit is required.