Wilson State Park RV & Campground Guide

Kansas

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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Weather
Spring 21 F – 67 F
Summer 62 F – 93 F
Fall 31 F – 82 F
Winter 17 F – 45 F
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Nearby Cities
Ellsworth, KS
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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

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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.

Outside Wilson State Park

The rolling prairies and windswept grasses of the area around Wilson State Park provide panoramic views and vistas for miles. The area also features interesting, often quirky, places to visit. 

Restaurants

Midland Railroad Hotel

The Midland Railroad Hotel is off of I-70 and is a historic hotel and restaurant built in 1899. Originally built by Wilke Power and named the Power Hotel, it was one of the premier hotels in the Midwest. It is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Type: American

Location: Wilson, KS

Grandma’s Soda Shop & Diner

Housed in a building built in 1917, Grandma’s Soda Shop & Diner serves up burgers, chicken sandwiches or strips, pizza and more. Wash it all down with an old fashioned shake, float, or chocolate malt. 

Type: Diner

Location: Wilson, KS

Al’s Chickenette

The restaurant opened in 1949 and started serving...as the name implies...fried chicken. While the chickenette has changed hands since then, it continues being a favorite of locals and visitors alike. 

Location: Hays, KS

Shopping

Kansas Originals Market & Gallery

The Kansas Originals Market & Gallery showcases artists, authors, photographers, and craftsmen from the great state of Kansas. Shop for Fine & Folk Art, crafts, food products, gift baskets, calligraphy works, quilled paper products, and more.

Location: Wilson, KS

Sightseeing

World’s Largest Things, Inc.

Erika Nelson researches, visits, and photographs a World’s Largest Thing. Then, she makes miniature replicas of those things. If she can, she goes back to the original structure to take a picture of the large and small together, and then she displays her new object in her museum.

Location: Lucas, KS

S. P. Dinsmoor's Garden of Eden

Samuel P. Dinsmoor, a retired school teacher and Civil War veteran, began building the Garden of Eden and cabin home in 1907. He used 113 tons of cement and many tons of limestone, creating an 11-room limestone “log” cabin, and he created 150 sculptures as well. The sculptures depict Dinsmoor’s belief in the Populist movement and his religious beliefs.

Location: Lucas, KS

Sternberg Museum of Natural History

Millions of years ago, Kansas was all underwater, and teaming with fish, sharks, turtles, ammonites, and other sea creatures. See their fossils, as well as other exhibits on fossils, earth science, and other areas of natural history.

Location: Hays, KS

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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

Vehicle Entrance Fee : $5

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!