Eisenhower State Park RV & Campground Guide

Kansas

Eisenhower State Park

in Kansas is 1,785 acres of tallgrass prairie, woodlands, and also encompasses Melvern Lake with its waterfowl and wildlife. There’s a large family activity area, perfect for family reunions, birthday parties, and other big events. The park also has a swimming beach, sand volleyball court, picnic shelters, a disc golf course, an archery trail, a kids’ fishing pond, and a fly fishing pond. There are horse trails throughout the park, as well as hiking and biking trails. 

You may see white-tailed deer at the park, or eastern wild turkey, or bobwhite quail. You can fish in the lake, which is home to walleye, crappie, sauger, white bass, and channel catfish. 

The park is fairly dry, with scarce rain for most of the year. May is the rainiest month, with about a week and a half’s worth of rain for the entire month. The weather can get very cold in winter, with lows down to 18F. Summer highs don’t go much above 90F.

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Weather
Spring 32-75 F
Summer 63-90 F
Fall 34-81 F
Winter 18-45 F
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Nearby Cities
Melvern, KS
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Eisenhower State Park

Eisenhower State Park has 186 utility campsites; some with water, some with sewer hookups, and some electric-only sites. There are five shower houses in the campgrounds. There is also primitive camping available, and equestrian campsites with individual corrals are available. If you choose to rent an RV for your adventures, consider renting with RVshare. All rentals come with nationwide insurance, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a world-class team to make sure you get the perfect vehicle for your travel plans.  

There are other campgrounds nearby you can try as well:

Outlet Campground

Outlet Campground is right on Melvern Lake, just below the dam on the eastern edge of the Flint Hills. Campers can go boating, fishing, hiking, and hunting in the area. The campground has 140 sites, with many offering full hookups. A boat ramp, dock, and fishing cleaning station mean you can catch something that day and have it for dinner in just a short time! 

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wi-Fi: no
  • Pet friendly: n/a
  • Other amenities: showers, swim beach, playground, stocked fishing pond

Turkey Point Campground

Turkey Point Campground also sits on Melvern Lake, on the eastern edge of the Flint Hills of Kansas. There is boating, fishing, hiking, and hunting easily accessible from the campground. The Flint Hills are America’s last expanse of intact tallgrass prairie, made up of a variety of grasses. The hills to the south are wooded, and the campground has trees and scattered shade. 

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: no
  • Wi-Fi: no
  • Pet friendly: n/a

Other amenities: showers, drinking water, dump station, boat ramp, dock, fish cleaning station, playgrounds convenience store, laundry, playground, activities for all ages

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What to Do at
Eisenhower State Park

Inside Eisenhower State Park

There’s plenty to do at the park! Begin by stopping by the Nature Room and learn more about honey bees, snakes, fish, turtles, amphibians, bears, and other animals that live at the park. Walk through the Arboretum to learn more about the plants that grow there, and sit by the waterfall for a quiet moment. 

Other activities you can do inside the park include: 

Bike & archery trail: A 19 target Archery Trail has been added to the existing Bike Trail, one phase in a series intended to expand the area into a multi-purpose trail. The trailhead is located in the Five Star Campground. 

Disc golf: An 18-hole disc golf course is located near the east boat ramp, and is a great way to practice your skills while taking a little hike at the same time. 

Horseback riding: There are various equestrian trails throughout the park, as well as several campsites that accommodate horses. 

Fishing: Fish for crappie, catfish, sauger, and spotted bass in the Melvern Reservoir.

Outside Eisenhower State Park

The rolling prairies and windswept grasses of the area around Eisenhower State Park provide panoramic views and vistas for miles. The area is also steeped in history as adventurous explorers and families from the east made their way west across the plains.

Restaurants

LeRoy’s BBQ

LeRoy’s smoked meats are hand-rubbed with their own homemade rub, and smoked with hickory for the best taste. They also have their own Kansas City style BBQ sauce to put on their food...or grab a bottle or two to take home.

Type: BBQ

Location: Pomona, KS

Gaps

Gaps is known for their delicious pizzas...but they also have hoagies. Pull out all the stops and treat yourself afterward to a delicious ice cream sundae!

Type: Pizza

Location: Vassar, KS

Shopping

Phoenix Gallery Art

Shop unique jewelry, ceramics, wall art, glass, and personal care items, from a curated collection of local and national artists. The good news? Many of the pieces are very affordable, and would make a great souvenir!

Location: Lawrence, KS

Pendleton’s Country Market

This farmer’s market and local CSA offers fresh veggies and produce, grown right on the family farm...along with colorful arrays of flowers.

Location: Lawrence, KS

The Capitol Store

The Capitol Store sells gifts specifically related to the Capitol. The store features art, crafts, books, clothing, jewelry, photo prints, and more. It also offers souvenirs made from the old Capitol copper, including jewelry and other commemorative gifts.

Location: Topeka, KS

Sightseeing

Old Depot Museum

This museum, in an 1888 Santa Fe Depot in Ottawa, shares the history of trains in Franklin County. There are themed rooms, and some are interactive, so it’s a great way to teach kids the history of the area as well. Upstairs is an old general store, a one-room school, an old soda fountain, and other rooms that depict what life was like so long ago. There is also a large model train layout.

Location: Ottawa, KS

Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site

Located in Topeka, about an hour away, this site commemorates the 1954 landmark decision by the Supreme Court to allow an African American girl to attend an all-white school.

Location: Topeka, KS

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How to Get to
Eisenhower State Park

From Topeka, take US-75 in Williamsport. Keep right to stay on US-75 S. Turn right onto KS-278 W. Turn left onto S. Fairlawn Rd. Make a right, then a left, and you’re in the park. 

Entering Eisenhower State Park

There is a fee of $5 per vehicle to enter the park.

There’s no better way to create memories with those you love than by traveling the country in an RV. Renting an RV with with RVshare makes the trip easy and stress-free. Whether you choose to rent an RV near your home and make the trek, or fly into Kansas and rent an RV for camping, you’re sure to have an adventure you won’t soon forget! We would love to see pictures of your travels - be sure to send us photos of your trip to [email protected] and tag us on social media. Your memories could be featured on our blog, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter page!