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Clinton State Park, Lawrence

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.1/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web
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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  • Many campsites many with water and electricity. If you want the best sites it's a good idea to reserve in advance. If your rig is tall watch out for some of the trees. 
  • Nice place to relax, write, read, have a picnic, and watch the scenery. I enjoy this far more than Baker Wetlands. It's gorgeous and relaxing! 
  • There are a lot of geocaches out here. It's a pretty area but I'm used to getting into Missouri state parks for FREE. I don't like that you have to pay to get into Kansas state parks. There is a spot ...  read more »
  • No way to camp closer than 1/2 mile from the water ?!? The place definitely has a crack house vibe. Many permanent looking way they can move under thier own power. One camper even has a ghetto looking garage built on his camp site....... Stay away. Worst state Park I have seen in kansas except for Prarie dog st. Park (yea, it's not purty). Sorry Kansas.....I've seen much better from you and this place is an embarassment.
  • We come here several times a year. Very clean park, quiet, easy access to the lake and marina. The sites are well maintained and the camp hosts are friendly and helpful.
  • This is my favorite place around Kansas City area. Rant rant beautiful and so peaceful with tranquil water waves sound. The are several spots when you can park and go close to water. Really amazing place and a weekend gateway.
  • Great Park in Kansas. Very quiet, clean, great views, relaxing. Everyone is always courteous.
  • The skills loop was nice, a lot of fun, but the rest of what I saw, in terms of the parking, looked a bit decrepit..
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