Clinton State Park RV & Campground Guide

Kansas

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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Weather
Spring 32 F – 74 F
Summer 63 F – 89 F
Fall 33 F – 80 F
Winter 18 F – 54 F
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Nearby Cities
Lawrence, KS
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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.

Outside Clinton State Park

Lawrence, Kansas, has many exciting things to see and do. Visit an art gallery, walk down their main street, pop in to a local shop, or grab a bite to eat in one of the city’s many restaurants. Lawrence is also known for its many live music venues. 

Restaurants

715 Restaurant

A trendy restaurant in Lawrence that features small bites, or full dinner entrees. They make their own pizza and pasta in-house, and dinner choices include seafood, chicken, and steak.

Location: Lawrence, KS

The Levee Cafe

This family-run cafe offers classic breakfast and lunch plates, cocktails, and beer. The small neighborhood cafe has healthy, fresh food made in-house or locally.

Location: Lawrence, KS

Zen Zero

This restaurant features a wide variety of Asian foods, from Thai to Nepalese. They’re especially known for their curries...and for the fact that if you order something spicy, it’s going to be really, very spicy!

Location: Lawrence, KS

Shopping

Massachusetts Street

Also known as Mass Street, this main thoroughfare in the business district of downtown Lawrence is one of the most popular tourist destinations in town. The street is full of examples of Neoclassical architecture and Victorian architecture from between 1856 to 1953. A section of the district has been listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. There are many shops to browse along the picturesque street, and you’re sure to head home with a distinctive souvenir or present for someone to remind them of your trip! 

Location: Lawrence, KS

Sightseeing

University of Kansas Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum has over 350 exhibits, including the “Panorama of North American Wildlife,” the museum’s most well-known exhibit. It has information on over 10 million species and artifacts. The museum is part of the University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute, which is devoted to studying the diversity of life on earth.

Location: Lawrence, KS

Prairie Park Nature Center

The Prairie Park Nature Center is a nature reserve on the east side of Lawrence. It consists of 100 acres of habitat, including prairie, wetlands, and woodlands. There is also a five-acre lake in the nature center called Mary’s Lake, which is stocked and popular for fishing. There are walking trails and plenty of wildlife to watch including birds of prey, beavers, bobcats, and deer.

Location: Lawrence, KS

Washington Creek Lavender

Washington Creek Lavender is a lavender farm just outside Lawrence. The plants are all organic and tended to without the use of chemicals. The farm is open to visitors, so you can walk among the rows of bushes before harvest and smell their fragrance. You can also visit the on-site store and purchase sachets, dryer sheets, and a variety of lavender-related products.

Location: Lawrence, KS

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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!