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Western Kansas Region
Wilson State Park
RR 1, Box 181
Sylvan Grove, Kansas   67481

Phone: 785-658-2465
Set in the scenic Smoky Hills region of Kansas, Wilson State Park provides convenient access to one of the state's prime water recreation areas.

The park's 945 acres consist of two areas, Hell Creek and Otoe, both situated on the south side of the 9,000-acre Wilson Reservoir. Utility and primitive campsites, day-use areas, swimming beach, boating access, a marina, and trails provide enjoyable alternatives for visitors. Water hookups and shower buildings are available April through September. Frost-free water hydrants and several vault toilets are open through the winter. For RV campers, the park has three dump stations, two in Hell Creek and one in Otoe.

The Dakota Trail gives visitors one of the best views of the Kansas prairie and Wilson Reservoir. The Switchgrass Bike Trail offers bicyclists a scenic 10-mile route. The Cedar Trail in the Otoe area is accessible to people with a disability and is a one-mile loop with an asphalt surface.

Wilson State Park offers excellent opportunities to view and photograph wildlife, including deer, bobwhite quail, waterfowl, numerous songbirds and migratory birds. The adjacent, 8,000-acre Wilson Wildlife Area offers an array of hunting opportunities. Famous for its striped bass and walleye fishing, Wilson attracts thousands of anglers each year.

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The Dakota Trail gives visitors one of the best views of the Kansas prairie and Wilson Lake. An interpretive brochure helps you along the self-guided trail. The Switchgrass Bike Trail is available for mountain bikers to pursue this popular activity. The trail is approximately 7.5 miles long, with the trailhead located at the Switchgrass Restroom parking lot.

The Cedar Trail in the Otoe area is a handicap-accessible, one-mile loop with a hardened asphalt surface. It's great for a leisurely, low-stress walk.


Wilson State Park offers good opportunities to view and photograph wildlife. Deer, bobwhite quail, waterfowl, and other species can be seen from the roads throughout the area. Every season brings different opportunities to see wildlife.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
May 18 Beware of RATS! by Don Meyer
We camped there one day last year and had a terrible experience. Overnight pack rats started to build a nest in the engine compartment of our minivan. In the process, they chewed electrical wires and disabled the engine. It cost us over $300 for the repairs. What was very upsetting was that the Park Ranger admitted they had rats in the camping area and did nothing to control or eliminate them. He said they have had damage to their own state trucks. He said they would do nothing to control the rats because that would upset the eco system! Besides causing damage to our van, we were upset that the rats were running around our tent at night, not to mention the health hazard. The Park refused to pay for the damages to our van even though they knew the rats were present. No warning signs were posted.

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Wilson State ParkRR 1, Box 181Sylvan Grove, KS 67481(785) 658-2465 (Area Office)(316) 683-8069 (Regional Office)

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Wilson State Park
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