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Clinton State Park, Lawrence

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#7 of 13 in Nature in Kansas
Clinton State Park is a state park in Douglas County, Kansas, United States, located 4mi west of Lawrence.The 1500acre park lies on the north shore of Clinton Lake, known for its clear water and good channel catfish, walleye, and crappie fishing.Visitors to the park can enjoy viewing white-tailed deer, wild turkey, waterfowl, bald eagles in spring and fall, and numerous species of songbirds in the carefully managed habitats that make Clinton a distinctive outdoor destination.An extensive hiking/biking trail system make this park and adjacent 9200acre wildlife area an attractive destination for outdoors enthusiasts including hikers, nature photographers, mountain bicyclists, wildflower enthusiasts, wildlife observers, and even cross-country skiers.Park staff work closely with Lawrence and University of Kansas individuals and organizations to present several concerts and other special events each year. The park is the former to host the Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival. Since 2008, Clinton State Park is the annual site of the Ironman Kansas 70.3 triathlon. The swim portion of the competition is held in Clinton Lake, and the run portion of the competition occurs on the park campgrounds and roads.
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  • May 17, 2017
    Great lake, but a small lake by reservoir standards in the area. It was graduation weekend at KU. Not sure that impacted this, but the crowds were heavy out there.  more »
  • April 11, 2017
    I have fished there many times and my wife and I go hiking there as well. It's a wonderful place to unwind.  more »
  • March 30, 2017
    Great place for motorized boats and skiing. Not so as good as Perry for sailing. My favorite part about the lake are the surrounding trails for hiking or biking.  more »
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  • June 27, 2017
    My family and I camped there for one evening and it was actually relaxing. there is plenty of space between campers. Law enforcement drives around to keep any rowdy nuances down. plenty of convenience stores within a few miles for that last minute BBQ grab. Overall, this park is really nice with hiking trails, camp sites, boat rentals and swimming spots.
  • June 25, 2017
    Made a 6 mile hike loop this afternoon from west boat ramp parking lot. Out on blue and back on white trail. Afternoon temperature very mild for June, 72-75 F. Saw quite a few deer, a few polite bicyclists, one other hiker. Requisite tick check afterwards: only found one unattached. Great afternoon!
  • June 2, 2017
    My brother and I are huge fans of Clinton Lake. He owns a small sailboat which we've stored at the dry dock for the past year and a half. The marina is well kept and the staff are helpful. We've never had a bad experience.
  • June 13, 2017
    We enjoyed our stay in the cabins at Clinton. Little advice, in the main bedroom take the mattress from the couch in the bedroom and put it on top of the bed pad that is already there. Makes for a much better bed.
  • July 5, 2017
    The Great Outdoors at it's finest in Kansas. Playground, large biking and running trail, fun lake for swimming tubing and fishing that all ages can enjoy

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