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5441 West Lake Rd.
Ozawkie, Kansas   66070

Phone: 785-246-3449
Perry State Park comprises two areas totaling 1,250 acres on the shores of Perry Reservoir in Jefferson County. With the 12,500-acre reservoir and an 11,000-acre wildlife area nearby, this state park is well-situated to accommodate any outdoor preference.

The park's four campgrounds provide 124 electric/ water campsites and 350 primitive campsites. Showers and toilets are conveniently located for all campers. A swimming beach and beach house serve summertime fun-seekers. Day-use areas of the park offer seven picnic shelters, three of which are available by reservation.

The marshes at Perry Wildlife Area provide early migrant bird hunting, and deep water areas supply late season mallard and diving duck hunting. In dry years, water is pumped to some of the area's 10 marshes to ensure adequate water levels. Whitetailed deer, cottontails, wild turkeys, coyotes, raccoons, and dove are common on the area.

Perry Reservoir is best known for its crappie and channel cat fishing. Best angling opportunities for crappie are in the Slough Creek, Rock Creek, and Old Town areas. The best areas for channel catfish are on mud flats in the upper end of the reservoir and in the Delaware River.
1. Perry State Park in Kansas offers a designated swimming beach for visitors.
2. The park's large reservoir is perfect for open water swimmers and triathlon training.
3. Swimming is allowed during daylight hours only, with no lifeguard on duty.
4. Visitors must follow safety rules posted at the beach area to ensure safe swimming experiences.
5. Pets are not permitted within the fenced swim areas or bathhouses of Perry State Park.

The park offers a variety of boating options for visitors. There are three boat ramps available, two on the lake's west side and one on the east. The marina provides services such as fueling stations, slip rentals, storage facilities and convenience stores to cater to all your boating needs. Boaters can enjoy fishing or simply cruising around in their vessels while enjoying scenic views from different parts of the reservoir.
Impoundment Type: ReservoirSurface Acres: 11,630 acresMaximum Depth: 43 feetNormal Lake Level: 891.5 feetThe lake has Motor Boat Access

Fishing Population:Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Crappie, Flathead Catfish, Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass, Sauger, Saugeye, White Bass, Walleye

1. Perry State Park offers numerous picnic tables and grills for outdoor dining.
2. Shaded areas provide a cool spot to enjoy your meal.
3. There are open fields perfect for picnics with large groups or families.
4. Picnic shelters can be reserved in advance, ideal for events or gatherings.
5. Enjoy scenic views of the lake while you dine al fresco at this park.

Beware, the terrain is challenging with over 20 miles of trails for mountain biking. Helmets are strongly recommended.

The park offers a mix of single-track and double-track paths suitable for various skill levels.

For beginners, there's an easy trail that winds around the lake offering scenic views but requires caution due to loose gravel.

Intermediate riders can tackle more difficult routes featuring steep inclines and sharp turns requiring careful navigation skills.

Advanced bikers might enjoy tackling technical sections filled with rocks or roots demanding high-level bike handling abilities.

Be cautious as some areas may be shared by hikers; always yield right-of-way to pedestrians on these mixed-use trails.

Remember: safety first! Always check weather conditions before setting out since wet surfaces increase risk significantly.

Also note that during hunting seasons certain parts could be temporarily closed off - stay updated via local authorities' notifications.

The park offers diverse birding opportunities with over 300 species recorded. It features various habitats including woodland, grassland and wetlands attracting different types of birds. Birders can spot waterfowl, shorebirds during migration seasons along the lake's edge or in marshy areas. Wooded trails are ideal for spotting songbirds and raptors like hawks or owls.

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Perry State Park Office5441 West Lake Rd.Ozawkie, KS 66070(785) 246-3449 (Park Office)(785) 945-6615 (Wildlife Area)(785) 273-6740 (Regional Office)Email Perry


1. Take Hwy 159 (K-4) to K-92 go East approximately 2 miles, 2. Turn South on West Lake Rd. Go approximately 7 miles; park office will be on the right side of the road.


1. Take Hwy 75 South to Topeka, exit on East Hwy 24, 2. Go approximately 15 miles 3. Turn North on Junction 237 and go approximately 3 miles 4. Park office will be on the left side of the road.


1. Go East on Hwy 24 turn North on Junction 237 2. Go approximately 3 miles; and the park office will be on the left side of the road.

GPS for Office parking lot: N39 08.658' W095 29.378

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