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Description - **All information provided by The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks**

Dense oak-hickory woodlands meet rolling meadows of big bluestem and Indian grass at this striking 857-acre park located west of Independence in Montgomery County. The 4,500- acre Elk City Reservoir and 12,000-acre Elk City Wildlife Area adjacent to the park offer outdoors lovers ample room to pursue their pastimes.

Attractions - A nationally recognized trails system invites visitors to take a closer look at the rich variety of flora and fauna in and around Elk City State Park. The Green Thumb Nature Trail is a one-mile loop that begins in the state park campground, and rewards hikers with a panoramic vista of the lake, framed by ash and oak trees. Table Mound Hiking Trail and Post Oak Nature Trail are also park attractions. The Elk River Hiking Trail is a scenic 15-mile route that begins at the west edge of the dam and ends near the U. S. Highway 160 bridge on the Elk River. Parking is available at the Memorial Overlook or state park trailheads.

Campgrounds at Elk City offer an array of well shaded sites appealing to recreational vehicle or primitive campers. Conveniently located restrooms and showers, swimming beach, group shelter, fishing piers, and three lane boat ramp offer popular amenities for park visitors.

Recreation - The expansive Elk City Wildlife Area adjacent to the park offers a rich array of wild inhabitants. White-tailed deer, wild turkey, bobwhite quail, cottontail, fox and gray squirrels, and prairie chickens can be found here. Common furbearers include beaver, raccoon, bobcat, coyote, gray fox, opossum, mink and muskrat.

Elk City Reservoir offers good to excellent fishing opportunities for channel catfish, white bass, crappie, flathead catfish, largemouth bass and saugeye. A handicapped access fishing dock is located in the state park.

Climate - Kansas has an annual mean temperature almost as high as that of Virginia, more sunshine than that of any state to the east, and generous summer rains. The State lies across the path of alternate masses of warm moist air moving north from the Gulf of Mexico and currents of cold, comparatively dry, air moving from the polar regions. Consequently, its weather is subject to frequent and often sharp changes, usually of short duration. Summers are inclined to be warm--often the word "hot" describes them best--but are healthful, with low relative humidity during periods of high temperatures, and usually a good wind movement. Heat prostrations are almost unknown. Summer nights are usually cool, especially in the western counties. Winters are drier, with more sunshine than those of eastern states. The average snowfall is less than that of other states, except those located farther south. Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, and the New England States normally have from two to three times as much snowfall as Kansas.


1. Travel on 160 / 75 Highway west to County Road 3325, 2. There turn right (north) go 1 mile to “STOP” sign at County Road 4600, 3. Turn left (west) and travel ¼ mile and then turn right (north) go 1 ½ mile north to four way intersection County Road 4800 4. Now turn left (west) “PARK ENTRANCE”, Squaw Creek Road.

From the 160 / 75 Highway junction

1. Go east approximately ¼ mile to County Road 3325, 2. There turn left (north) and follow the above directions from the “STOP” sign. 3. Turn left (west) and travel ¼ mile and then turn right (north) go 1 ½ mile north to four way intersection County Road 4800 4. Now turn left (west) “PARK ENTRANCE”, Squaw Creek Road.

From the 75 / 400 Highway junction

1. Go south on 75 highway 4 ½ miles to County Road 5400 & Sycamore Valley Golf Course, 2. Turn right (west) go 5 miles to County Road 2950, 3. Turn left (south) and go 4 miles to “PARK ENTRANCE”, Squaw Creek Road.

Follow informational signs posted in the area to the Park Entrance, all county roads leading from the highways are paved to the State Park Entrance.

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Contact Information:
Elk City State Park, 4825 Squaw Creek Road , Independence, Kansas, 67301, Phone: (620) 331-6295

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