Wilson State Park RV & Campground Guide


Wilson State Park, in the Smoky Hills region of Kansas, is one of the best spots in Kansas to fish, hike, waterski, or spend time outside. The 945-acre park, on the Wilson Reservoir, has two areas, Hell Creek and Otoe. There are day use areas, as well as camping, a swimming beach, boating access, a marina, and hiking and biking trails. The Dakota Trail provides one of the best views of the sweeping prairie and the reservoir, and the Switchgrass Bike Trail is a beautiful 10-mile ride. There’s also an accessible, paved one-mile loop trail. Also, spend some time looking for deer, bobwhite quail, songbirds, migratory birds, and waterfowl who spend their time on and near the reservoir.

Weather at the park tends to be dry, with little rain most of the year. May is the rainiest month of the year. It does get cold in winter - lows are around 17F. Summers don’t get too hot, with a high around 93F.

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Spring 21 F – 67 F
Summer 62 F – 93 F
Fall 31 F – 82 F
Winter 17 F – 45 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Wilson State Park

Wilson 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:

Wilson RV Park

This RV park in the nearby town of Wilson – which is known as the Czech capital of Kansas – is situated close to the park, with a playground, and coin-operated laundry. 

  • Water hookup: yes

  • Electrical hookup: yes

  • Sewer hookup: no

  • Wi-Fi: n/a

  • Pet friendly: n/a

  • Other amenities: showers, laundry, playground

Minooka Park

Minooka Park Campground is on Wilson Lake. It was named after the Otoe Indian word meaning "Good Earth," and it has many campsites with scenic lake views and shoreline access. 

  • Water hookup: yes

  • Electrical hookup: yes

  • Sewer hookup: no

  • Wi-Fi: no

  • Pet friendly: n/a

  • Other amenities: beach access, boat ramp

RV Rentals Near Wilson State Park

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What to Do at
Wilson State Park

Inside Wilson State Park

Wilson State Park attracts thousands of anglers every year to the 9,000-acre reservoir. There are also trails and places for lots of fun outdoor activities. Those include:

Biking: The Switchgrass Bike Trail is the perfect spot for mountain bikers to get out and ride. The trail is about 7 ½ miles long and starts at the Switchgrass Restroom parking lot. 

Fishing: Fish for bluegill, crappie, catfish, walleye, and a variety of bass in the reservoir. Motorboats are allowed as well. 

Hiking: The Dakota Trail provides beautiful views of the prairies and of Wilson Lake, and an interpretive brochure helps you to learn more about what you’re seeing. The Cedar Trail is a handicap-accessible, one-mile loop trail on hardened asphalt.

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How to Get to
Wilson State Park

Wilson State Park is 60 miles east of Hays and 55 miles west of Salina on I-70. Take exit 206 north on I-70 and follow 232 north for 7 miles, then west on Shoreline Rd. Cross Hell Creek Bridge, turn at the first right and follow the road to Wilson State Park office. 

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

Entering Wilson State Park

Wilson State Park Vehicle Entrance Fee : $5.0

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 Wilson State Park

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

The peak season at Wilson State Park is from April to October. During these months, the weather tends to be favorable for many outdoor activities like hiking, biking, boating, and more!

What is the climate of Wilson State Park?

The climate at Wilson State Park is relatively dry, receiving very little rainfall or snow throughout the year. If you're visiting during the summer, expect temperatures to top out in the low-mid-90s. Winter is bone-chilling and dry!

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

There's plenty of wildlife in the park for nature lovers. You'll spy numerous waterfowl, songbirds, and deer. You'll likely also spot furbearers and pheasant and many fish in the area's lakes.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Wilson State Park?

RV vacationers won't find spots to park in Wilson State Park. Instead, head to Wilson RV Park nearby, where you'll find sites with water and electrical hook-ups but no sewer hook-ups.

Do you have to reserve a camping spot at Wilson State Park and what is the cost?

Since Wilson State Park has a limited number of campsites and utilities, it's best to reserve these spots in advance. You'll need to call the campground to get more information about pricing.