Clinton State Park RV & Campground Guide


Clinton State Park, near Lawrence in the Osage Questas area, is a 1,500-acre park on the north side of Clinton Reservoir. It’s known for is sparkling clear water and great fishing. The hiking and biking trail system that snakes through the park and the adjacent 9,200-acre wildlife area make the park a popular place for anyone who loves the outdoors. 

Weather at the park is on the dry side of normal, with little rain most of the year. May is the rainiest month of the year. It does get cold in winter - lows are around 18F. Summers don’t get too hot, and the average high isn’t even in the 90s.

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Spring 32 F – 74 F
Summer 63 F – 89 F
Fall 33 F – 80 F
Winter 18 F – 54 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Clinton State Park

Clinton State Park has utility and primitive campsites; some with water, and some electric-only sites. There are shower houses at the campgrounds as well. If you choose to rent an RV to camp, consider renting with RVshare. All rentals come with nationwide insurance, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a world-class team that will work with you to make sure you get the perfect RV for your needs.  

There are other campgrounds nearby you can try as well.

Kansas City West/Lawrence KOA

Close to I-70, this KOA combines Midwest charm and big-city accessibility. It’s close to the University of Kansas, and to shops and restaurants in downtown Lawrence, and is also near Fort Leavenworth. 

  • Water hookup: yes

  • Electrical hookup: yes

  • Sewer hookup: yes

  • Wi-Fi: yes

  • Pet friendly: yes

  • Other amenities: showers, laundry, playground, pool, dog park

Bloomington East

Bloomington East Park is just west of Clinton Lake and offers plenty of recreation including hiking, swimming, boating, and more. 

  • Water hookup: yes

  • Electrical hookup: yes

  • Sewer hookup: yes

  • Wi-Fi: no

  • Pet friendly: n/a

  • Other amenities: beach access, boat ramp, swimming, fishing 

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What to Do at
Clinton State Park

Inside Clinton State Park

Clinton State Park is home to white-tailed deer, wild turkey, waterfowl, bald eagles, and many more wildlife and birds that call the lake and its shores home. There is plenty to do in the park, including: 

Boating: There are 16 boat ramps, eight courtesy docks, separate launch areas for windsurfers and personal watercraft. The Clinton Lake Marina has boat slips, fishing and boating supplies, rental equipment, and a floating restaurant. 

Special ranges: There is an archery range at the park, as well as a 10-hole and an 18-hole disc golf course. 

Swimming: There is a swim beach, with sand volleyball nearby and an accessible shoreline use trail. 

Fishing: Anglers can try to catch blue catfish, smallmouth bass, crappie, and channel catfish. There is a fish cleaning station available, and two fish feeders. 

Hiking: There are several hiking trails throughout the park and a 5-mile cross country ski trail.

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How to Get to
Clinton State Park

From Kansas City: Take Hwy 10 through Lawrence to the dead end at E900 Rd. Turn right, then take the second left at 1415 Rd. Follow the long drive to the pay booth and enter the park.

from Topeka: Take I-70 E to the Lecompton exit. After paying the toll, take a right at the stop sign onto 10 Hwy east, take that to the Clinton Parkway exit. At the bottom of the exit ramp, at the stop sign, turn right, then take another right at the dead end, and the second left to the entrance. Follow the long drive to the pay booth and enter the park.

Entering Clinton 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 heading out on a road trip! Renting an RV 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!

Frequently Asked Questions About Clinton State Park

What is the best time of year to visit Clinton State Park?

While the best time to check out Clinton State Park depends on what you want to do, many people like to visit in late spring through early autumn. During this time, you can enjoy hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding.

What is the climate of Clinton State Park?

Clinton State Park has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. Summers are typically warm, humid, and have short but frequent thunderstorms. Winters can become very cold and include a lot of precipitation.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Clinton State Park?

Clinton State Park is home to a wide range of wildlife and plants. Many birds are found at the park, including purple finches, field sparrows, hummingbirds, robins, and spotted owls. Other common mammals include raccoons, skunks, and opossums.

Are pets allowed at Clinton State Park?

Pets are allowed in most areas of the park. They must be on a leash not exceeding 10 feet while visiting trails, campgrounds, picnic areas, and similar locations, and they are not permitted in the water area of Big Lake.

Is Clinton State Park accessible for disabled visitors?

Clinton State Park has wheelchair-accessible restrooms and a paved path for easy access to and from the lake. There are also picnic tables that can accommodate people with various disabilities.