Kanopolis State Park, Marquette
Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Kanopolis State Park contains a reservoir, desert plants such as yucca, a prairie dog town, and scenic sandstone canyons. It is located in the Smoky Hills region of the U.S. state of Kansas. The park is located southwest of the city of Salina, just south of I-70.The park, completed in 1948, includes more than 22,000 acres (89 km²) of rolling hills, bluffs and woods and a 3000 acre (12 km²) lake, offering hunting, fishing, over 25 miles (40 km) of trails, and other recreational activities. Game includes pheasant, quail, prairie chickens, deer, beaver, wild turkey, squirrels, rabbits, coyotes and waterfowl; fishing for white bass and crappie is popular.Plan to see Kanopolis State Park and other attractions that appeal to you using our Marquette trip itinerary builder.
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This park has great hiking, wildlife in Horsethief Canyon on the north side of the Lake and Damn. Wildlife experienced: cave swallows, owls, beavers, deer, coyote, salamanders, bald eagles, turkey vul... read more »
Stayed here for a few nights at the Venango Park campground while attending a near-by wedding. Fast and friendly check-in of the RV. Map given out was a copy of a copy of a copy, so hard to read. Show... read more »
Two girlfriends and I went on a kayak trip at Lake Kanopolis along the north coast. We put in at a decent boat ramp at the Horsethief area on the northeast side of the lake. Pay for a day parking pass... read more »
This is the the shortened version; the scenery isn't worth the several dozen ticks you will become covered with on the hiking trails. The trails are poorly maintained, so it's difficult to find your way around. The pictures we saw of the hiking trails made it look like it would be desert, it's not at all. You will have to fight your way through vegetation and come out covered in ticks everytime. You'll have to wade through several waist-high creeks/rivers to see anything to make the trip moderately worth while. Unless you enjoy being covered in more ticks than you can count this isn't for you.
We stayed with our family for 3 days in the cabins. The cabins were very nice and clean. The reservoir is beautiful and the area is very scenic. However, the HUGE negative was the quality of the beaches. The park has designated swimming areas. The beaches where these designated swimming areas are located were so poorly maintained, it was, in my opinion, a public health and safety issue. There were old tires, broken beer bottles, trash, dog dodoo, and the place was covered in cigarettes butts. It was absolutely horrendous and a public health concern. I was completely shocked and disappointed. Since we had planned on spending a great deal of our time enjoying the lake, it put a huge damper on our visit. It's a real shame that such a beautiful place is absolutely trashed. I will not be returning until they clean up their beach. Truly a disappointment.
I don't do repeats on most places I visit but this is the one exception. I love everything about this place, the camping, the lake, and the trails. Overnight camping is never crowded or noisy when I go. I feel like I have the whole place to myself (can't speak for holiday weekends, though). The Horsethief canyon trail is a peaceful, restful experience. If you can, try to find a place to cross the creek so you can explore more. There really is a canyon to hike through and while it won't take your breath away, it truly is beautiful. Two words of caution: if you go hiking during the summer, definitely bring a pair of tweezers to pick the 20 or so ticks that WILL latch on to you. But it's totally worth it. Secondly, be careful if driving in the park at twilight or after dark. I always see at least 5-10 deer prancing around. NOTE: Drought lowered the lake levels drastically but the last 2 years, it's filled back up very nicely.
Great water to play on and the park and personal that works there are great.
Worst maintained kansas state park......period.
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