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Perry State Park is an outdoor recreational area centered around Perry Reservoir and within striking distance of Topeka, Kansas. RV camping at Perry State Park is an ideal choice not only for land and water activities but also for a vacation combining outdoor adventure with urban entertainment. The area consists of upland forest situated along rolling hills and marsh areas along the lakeshore. The lake itself is reasonably deep, and the park is open to the public year-round.
Perry State Park was created in 1968 by Kansas Parks and Resources to manage the local water resources (the creation of the dam), create wildlife habitats, and provide outdoor recreational opportunities to the public. It was constructed in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Booking an RV rental near Perry State Park will open you up to the grandeur of this state park and all that it has to offer.
While spending your time here, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy many different activities. You can start by hiking and mountain biking the trails that run through the woods surrounding the lake. There are almost two dozen miles worth of trail that you can use for these activities; while you're hiking or biking, you should also take the time to observe the plant and animal life that the park supports. You may see white-tailed deer and wild turkey, coyotes, and raccoons, just to name a few species. An additional two dozen miles of trails are designated for horseback riding, but hiking is allowed along these trails as well.
The park is a good destination for fishing, with stocks of crappie and channel catfish on hand. You'll find these species in different areas of the lake, with the crappie in and around Slough Creek, Rock Creek, and Old Town; the catfish are usually near the upper reservoir area and in the Delaware River. The lake has several boat ramps you can use, and motorboats are allowed; camping with an RV means you can take your catch straight from the lake to your fridge. Hunting is allowed, with migrant bird species open to hunting early in the year and mallards and diving ducks in the fall.
If you're seeking a more relaxing activity, the park has several picnic shelters; some of them can be reserved while others are used on a first-come, first-served basis. All are located within the park's day-use areas, and the combination of forest, lake, and open sky scenery is enough to make any picnic a complete success. There's a beach where you can go swimming, and a beach house is available for changing clothes should the day turn out to be a hot one (these are open to the public during the summer months).
The park has several campgrounds to choose from; the individual campsites at Perry State Park may have electric and water hookups, although most are for primitive camping. The campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and some of them are ADA accessible. If you're looking for something more developed, Forbes Landing RV Park is close to many popular attractions and rents sites by the day, week, or month. All of the campsites here have full hookups and hard surfaces with pull-through access. The park has a clubhouse with a full kitchen that you can use, WiFi throughout, and digital cable TV channels.
Lawrence KOA is another option and is open year-round. The campground has a horseshoe pitch, several playgrounds, frisbee and ladder golf, and more. There is a swimming pool you can use on hot days and a mini-zip line for when the weather is more reasonable. There is a snack bar, and propane and firewood are available for purchase; bicycles can be rented. Rent a camper near Perry State Park, and you can call this campground your home-away-from-home.
When you're ready to check out some city sights, Lawrence is a charming community with many attractions. Lawrence has several important landmarks such as the Haskell Cultural Center and Museum, and DeBruce Center, which showcases the University of Kansas' basketball history. There are urban parks and amusement parks, a farmers' market, and much more. The Spencer Museum of Art has a well-curated permanent exhibition and several rotating exhibitions, plus events such as guest speakers; you'll find it on the campus of the University of Kansas. If all of this has worked up your appetite, Lawrence has an extensive dining scene that includes steakhouses and pizzerias, Greek, Italian and Thai restaurants, and cafes and family restaurants.
Oskaloosa is another small community with a museum, Old Jefferson Town; the museum is just one of the attractions here, as the area is a nod to the history of Jefferson County and includes some older buildings. You'll see a church, a jailhouse, and a bandstand, all scattered across a native grass pasture. There are a pond and a windmill, and the site frequently hosts events such as traveling art shows. Oskaloosa has a smaller but still sufficient restaurant industry, with some venues within the city limits or nearby. Grab some takeout, and you can head back to your Oskaloosa camper rental to dine out under the stars.