Clinton State Park
798 N 1415 Rd
Lawrence, KS 66049
GPS: N38 56.516 W095 21.263
Dedicated in 1975, 1500-acre Clinton State Park is located on the northeast shore of Clinton Reservoir. Four miles from the City of Lawrence, the park serves the neighboring community well. The park’s nearly 600,000 annual visitors travel from across the country, passing through or as their destination. In either case, compliments about the facilities and the natural beauty of the park are common. The balance between recreation areas and natural areas within the park is carefully managed. Wildflowers and prairie grasses divide the turf and then blend gracefully into the timberline. Native wildlife is abundant and easily viewed along park roadways. Whitetail deer, turkeys, waterfowl and songbirds add a rich texture to the sightseeing experience. As the surrounding area becomes more urbanized the importance of the park and the experiences it provides becomes ever more critical in meeting that “need to escape”.
Located only four miles West of Lawrence, and the University of Kansas, Clinton State Park meets the needs of traditional recreationalists while also providing a venue for a variety of non-traditional uses. Some special events draw visitors from across the country. One of the largest marinas in the state, and abundant scenic beauty, offer satisfaction on the lake.
- Park Office: year round operation for all department sales and customer service.
- Clinton Marina: private enterprise; boat storage and sales; annual revenue to the department, approximately $25,000.
- Park day use areas: open fields picnicking, 6 reserveable shelters, playgrounds and special event venue areas
- Campgrounds: 383 total sites; 140 sites with water and electricity (30 & 20 amp plugs), 74 sites with water and electricity (50/30 & 20 amp plug ins), 169 as primitive sites,
- Reservations: 160 sites available for reservation by visiting reserveamerica.com
- Year round camping with heated shower house, frost free hydrants and laundry facilities in campground #3.
- Boat launch areas: 16 lanes, eight accessible courtesy docks and parking areas.
- Special use amenities: 25 mile hike/bike trail, 5 mile cross country ski trail, 1 mile self-guided nature trail, archery range, swim beach, sand volleyball, mountain bike skills course, 9-hole disc golf course, 3 acre trout pond, 1 acre children’s fishing pond, accessible shoreline use trail, fish cleaning station and 2 fish feeders, 4 playgrounds.