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

Set in the scenic Smoky Hills region of Kansas, Wilson State Park provides convenient access to one of the state's prime water recreation areas.

The park's 945 acres consist of two areas, Hell Creek and Otoe, both situated on the south side of the 9,000-acre Wilson Reservoir.

Attractions - Utility and primitive campsites, day-use areas, swimming beach, boating access, a marina, and trails provide enjoyable alternatives for visitors. Water hookups and shower buildings are available April through September. Frost-free water hydrants and several vault toilets are open through the winter. For RV campers, the park has three dump stations, two in Hell Creek and one in Otoe.

Recreation - The Dakota Trail gives visitors one of the best views of the Kansas prairie and Wilson Reservoir. The Switchgrass Bike Trail offers bicyclists a scenic 10-mile route. The Cedar Trail in the Otoe area is accessible to people with a disability and is a one-mile loop with an asphalt surface.

Wilson State Park offers excellent opportunities to view and photograph wildlife, including deer, bobwhite quail, waterfowl, numerous songbirds and migratory birds. The adjacent, 8,000-acre Wilson Wildlife Area offers an array of hunting opportunities. Famous for its striped bass and walleye fishing, Wilson attracts thousands of anglers each year.

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.

Location - In north Central Kansas near Sylvan.

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Contact Information:
Wilson State Park, RR 1, Box 181 , Sylvan Grove, Kansas, 67481, Phone: (785) 658-2465

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