El Dorado State Park RV & Campground Guide

Kansas

El Dorado State Park

is one of the top state parks in the U.S., offering up fishing, boating, and plenty of outdoor family activities. It’s at the edge of the Flint Hills near the Kansas Turnpike. The park is 2,000 acres, with 98 miles of shoreline to explore. A variety of trails are available for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. There are even hitching posts along the shore, and campsites with corrals. For wildlife watchers, you can see a variety of animals including white-tailed deer, songbirds, game birds, and waterfowl.

The park has about a week of rain each month - less in the winter and more in the springtime. It can get pretty chilly in winter, with lows around 24F, but summers don’t get much above 90F.

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Weather
Spring 38-78 F
Summer 66-93 F
Fall 37-83 F
Winter 24-49 F
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Nearby Cities
El Dorado, KS
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RV Resorts & Campsites in El Dorado State Park

El Dorado State Park has many utility campsites; some with water, some with sewer hookups, and some electric-only sites. There is also primitive camping available, and equestrian campsites with individual corrals are available. 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 team that works hard to make sure you get the perfect RV for your trip and your family.  

There are other campgrounds nearby you can try as well:

Air Capital RV Park

Air Capital RV Park is in Wichita and is within walking distance of restaurants, and shopping. It’s also close to Kansas Casino and other Wichita attractions. 

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wi-Fi: yes
  • Pet friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: showers, laundry, security, community room

USI RV Park

The RV park is on the northeast side of Wichita and is a convenient location for exploring the city. There are plentiful shade trees and a playground for kids. There are also managers on-site 24 hours a day to help with any problems or provide suggestions. 

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: no
  • Wi-Fi: no
  • Pet friendly: n/a
  • Other amenities: showers, laundry, rec room, convenience store

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What to Do at
El Dorado State Park

Inside El Dorado State Park

El Dorado State Park is the largest state park in Kansas and is located northeast of the city of El Dorado and on the edge of the Flint Hills. The park is along the eastern and western shores of El Dorado Reservoir. The park is considered one of the state’s most handicapped accessible parks. It has 1,100 campsites, 2 swim beaches, group shelters, and a group campground. There are also boat ramps, and fishing in the reservoir may net you crappie, largemouth bass, walleye, and channel catfishing. 

Other activities you can do inside the park include: 

Hiking, biking, horseback riding: There are seven trails ranging from a ½ mile easy walk to a 12-mile long hike. 

Fishing: There is fishing in the reservoir. Try your hand at catching white bass, white perch, crappie, catfish, and walleye. 

Live events: An amphitheater with two stages hosts a variety of concerts and festivals at the park.

Outside El Dorado State Park

El Dorado is along the Walnut River in south-central Kansas. After a day on the reservoir, treat yourself to some shopping, or a tasty bite to eat.

Restaurants

Bella Casa Italian Restaurant

The menu at Bella Casa includes fresh salads, pasta, and delicious seafood faves. Everything is made from scratch, portions are generous, and prices are reasonable - the perfect place for families having a meal together! They even grow herbs on-site for cooking, and the bread is made from scratch and hand kneaded.

Type: Italian

Location: El Dorado, KS

Two Brothers BBQ

This family business is owned and operated by two brothers, who teamed up with their parents in their native state of Kansas to open a barbeque joint. Try their brisket, ribs, chicken, and other delicious barbequed dishes.

Type: BBQ

Location: Wichita and El Dorado, KS

Spangles

This regional fast-food chain offers burgers, pitas, gyros, and sandwiches. The diners have vintage 1950s designs, but you can drive thru as well. And when dinner is over, order up a mudslide or a tornado shake for dessert.

Type: Fast-food

Location: El Dorado, Wichita, and other Kansas locations

Shopping

Two Vintage Sisters

Shop antiques, memorabilia, retro items, and collectibles. The two sisters’ store is in the former print shop building used by their father. In 1951, it also stored dynamite which exploded at one point and burned the building down. It was subsequently hit by a tornado in 1958. The store stands today, however, and promises plenty of browsing and unique items.

Location: El Dorado, KS

Sightseeing

Kansas Oil Museum

The Kansas Oil Museum is one of the largest in the state and focuses on the 20th-century oil industry in America. They also preserve and share the history of Butler County Kansas, from the early Native Americans and pioneers to the ranchers and small-town residents.

Location: El Dorado, KS

Coutts Museum of Art

See art by Makk, Walton, Jim Clements, Dickerson, Remington, and more. The museum feels more like a private collector’s home than a museum, with antique furnishings, Persian rugs, and arrangements that set the mood for browsing the artwork.

Location: El Dorado, KS

Exploration Place

This Wichita science museum features exhibits like a seven-foot-tall model of the human mouth that tests kids’ oral health knowledge, local artists whose work bridges art and science, flight simulators and a giant “wind wall” that shows air currents generated by airplane propellers, and Kansas in Miniature - a small-scale recreation of early 1950s Kansas buildings, landmarks, and more.

Location: Wichita, KS

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How to Get to
El Dorado State Park

If you’re traveling on the Kansas Turnpike, exit either El Dorado, El Dorado North, or Cassoday. 

From the El Dorado exit: Take eastbound Hwy 254 into El Dorado to Main Street. Go straight and continue on to Hwy 54. Take Hwy 54 3 miles east of El Dorado to Bluestem Rd. Head north on Bluestem Rd. 

From El Dorado North exit: Go south on Hwy 77 into El Dorado. At the first stoplight, turn left onto 12th St and head east. 

From the Cassoday exit: Head south on Hwy 177 14 miles to NE 10th St. Turn right and go west on NE 10th St. 2 miles.

Entering El Dorado 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 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!