Description - *This information provided by The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks*
El Dorado State Park is located just north and east of the city of El Dorado on the edge of the scenic Flint Hills. The largest state park, El Dorado's four units sprawl across 4,000 acres along the eastern and western shores of El Dorado Reservoir.
Regarded as one of the state's most handicapped accessible parks, El Dorado contains 1,100 campsites which offer visitors a range of choices. Other facilities include two swimming beaches, 10 group shelters, and a 24-site group campground.
- The Shady Creek Marina, Walnut Valley Sailing Club, and six boat ramps offer amenities and facilities for boaters of every stripe. Crappie and largemouth bass fishing are good in standing timber and around fish attractors. Walleye fishing is good along the face of the dam and on the old railroad bed. Channel cat fishing is good lakewide, as well as in the river below the outlet. Flathead fishing is good in a variety of areas, especially Old Bluestem Lake.
Recreation - The 8,000-acre El Dorado Reservoir has approximately 98 miles of shoreline. About 6,000 acres of land are available for public hunting, including 2,000 acres within the state park. All hunting within the park requires a state park vehicle permit for entry.
A large amphitheater with dual stages accommodates a variety of concerts and festivals conducted at the park each year. Trail users will find a variety of attractions, including a designated horse campground. Seven trails offer outdoor adventure for hikers, bikers, and horse riders.
Seven cabins are available for reservation year-round, offering a variety of comfortable accommodations to suit any preference.
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.
Traveling on Kansas Turnpike (There are 3 possible exits to get to the state park. the El Dorado Exit, the El Dorado North Exit, and the Cassoday Exit)
From El Dorado Exit, take east bound HWY 254 into El Dorado to main street. At Main street go straight, this will turn into HWY 54. Take HWY 54, 3 miles east of El Dorado to Bluestem Rd. Go north on Bluestem rd 1 ½ miles.
From El Dorado North Exit, go south on HWY 77 into El Dorado. At the First stop light, 12th street, turn left and go east on 12th street 3 ½ miles.
From Cassoday Exit, go south on HWY 177 14 miles to NE 10th St., turn right and go west on NE 10th St 2 miles.
From West bound HWY 54
Turn north on HWY 177, go 2 miles to NE 10th St, turn left and go west on NE 10th St. 2 miles.
From North Bound HWY 77
Follow into El Dorado to Central or HWY 54. Turn right on Central or HWY 54 and go east 3 miles east of El Dorado to Bluestem Rd. Go north on Bluestem Rd 1 ½ miles.