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Kanopolis State Park, Marquette
(4.2/5 based on 25 reviews on the web)
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.
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  • We went for a short hiking, to disconnect from routine. We really enjoyed the walk along Buffalo Track Canyon nature trail. It is quite short, but it can allow you to walk for a couple of hours and en...  more »
  • I love this park! Great riding through tall grass prairie land and through the canyons and red rock areas. Interesting. Plenty of water on the way for your horses. Nice campground with corrals for the...  more »
  • We were looking for a destination for a ride out. My wife found Kanopolis Lake, about a 90 minutes drive. Give or take a few depending if you stop to take pictures of abandoned farm houses along the w...  more »
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  • The weather was beautiful, which always helps on a camping trip. The lake with all the birds was calming and relaxing. Spotted a bald eagle the morning of arrival! Perfect time of year to visit (we were there 1st weekend of October).
  • Nice little state park with multiple campgrounds, worth a twenty minute detour off the interstate if you need a place to set up camp for the night. Short trails and lakeside views. I wouldn't visit if this park was Colorado, but for Kansas it's decent.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Great place to enjoy spending time with family. My favorite lake in Kansas!