State Parks and public Wildlife Areas

State Parks in Southeast Kansas

Crawford State Park1 Lake Rd, FarlingtonCabins, primitive camping & full RV hookups, showers, swimming beach, boating, fishing, biking, hiking620-362-3671
Cross Timbers State Park12 miles west of Yates Center, south of Toronto, 144 KS-105Primitive camping & full RV hookups, showers, boating, fishing, biking, hiking. Ancient Trees Trail620-637-2213
Elk City State Park4825 Squaw Creek Rd
5 miles northwest of Independence, 1 mile north of US-160
Primitive camping & full RV hookups, showers, boating, fishing, biking, hiking, swimming beach, playgrounds, 1 cabin620-331-6295
Fall River State Park2350 Casner Creek Rd, Fall RiverPrimitive camping & water/ electric hookups, showers, boating, fishing, biking, hiking, playgrounds620-637-2213
Prairie Spirit Trail (Iola to Ottawa) and Flint Hills Trail (Osawatomie to Herington) are also considered state parks and traverse parts of SEK.

Wildlife Areas in Southeast Kansas

Hunting and fishing licenses, permits and boat registrations required, but state park permits are not required.

wildlife arealocationINFORMATIONcontact
Berentz-Dick (Buffalo Ranch)11 miles SW of Elk CityConsists of 3 tracts of land totaling 1,360 acres.620-331-6820
Big Hill9 miles E of Cherryvale (2 miles E of Big Hill Lake)1,320 acres.620-432-5053
Bourbon10 miles S of Moran on KS-59 to Elsmore then E 4 miles103 acre lake sits on 380 acres total.620-449-2539
Copan1.5 miles W of Caney620-331-6820
Dove Flats4 miles NW of Elk City206 acres.620-331-6820
Duck Creek5 miles N of Elk City100 acres.620-331-6820
Elk City5 miles NW of Independence12,446 acres.620-331-6820
Fall RiverNW of Fall River State Park11,000+ acres includes nearly 40 miles of shoreline. Additional 750 acres for waterfowl refuges are off limits to the public.620-583-6783
Harmon1 mile N of Chetopa620-231-3173
Hollister11 miles SW of Fort Scott 180 acres.620-449-2539
John Redmond9 miles W of Burlington1,637 acres. 75% prone to heavy flooding.620-637-2748
La Cygne1 mile E of Linn Valley2,600-acre cooling reservoir with 2,000 acres of land913-352-8941
Lyon13 miles N of Emporia on KS-99, then 2 miles E on Country Road 270135acre lake surrounded by 442 acres.620-699-3372
Marais des Cygnes4 miles west of Trading Post7,654 acres.913-352-8941
MelvernNorth of Reading9,000+ acres.620-699-3372
Mined Land47 tracts scattered across Cherokee & Crawford counties (Google: “MLWA Unit”)1,500 acres of water plus 13,000 acres of land scattered across two counties. Most was surface mined then returned to nature. Includes more than 1,000 strip pit lakes.620-431-0380
Neosho3 miles E of St. Paul3,246 acres, including 1,675 acres of wetlands.620-449-2539
Osage5 miles SW of Carbondale366 acres includes 140 acre lake620-699-3372
Shoal Creek2.5 miles S of Galena32 acres. Adjacent to Schermerhorn Park, maintained by the city of Galena, which includes the Southeast Kansas Nature Center.620-231-3173
Spring RiverTwo tracts: 424 acres of the Ozark Plateau along Spring River near Crestline; and, 62 acres along river near Riverton.620-431-0380
TorontoNW of Toronto Lake4,700 acres of land and water.620-583-6783
Wilson3 miles SW of BuffaloIncludes 119 acre lake.620-637-2748
Woodson6 miles E of TorontoIncludes 180 acre lake.620-637-2748