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Riverfront Park was created in 1984 with funds from the local and state governments, to restore the land and build a park that would act as both wildlife habitat and public outdoor recreation space. It is located in Lawrence, Kansas, on the Kansas River as it flows through the city, granting citizens a green zone where they can go to relax. The park has been planted with a variety of types of grass, plus shrubs and trees; all of these have created an idyllic atmosphere but also provide a source of food for the birds and mammals that congregate in the park.

The end result is that the park has successfully attracted a wide variety of bird species, including but not limited to bluebirds, purple martins, and wood ducks. When you visit, you'll see that some human-made structures have been added to encourage the birds to nest, although the purple martins and bluebirds usually build their own nests from scavenged materials. Canada geese were added in 1986 and have since become resident, although, in colder weather, they may fly south for several months and return later.

Getting Outdoors

While visiting the park in your Lawrence camper rental, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy several activities, the most obvious one being bird watching. You can combine this, though, with other activities such as picnicking and hiking. There are picnic areas throughout the park, and some of them may be near the overlook areas where you can look down on the Kansas River. The entrance to the park has two rows of limestone boulders, one on either side of the entrance path, that add a sense of grandeur.

Getting some fishing in will be much easier if you're renting an RV near Lawrence. There are several boat ramps in Riverfront Park you can use to access the Kansas River. They could also provide an opportunity to go canoeing or kayaking on the river. The park has miles upon miles of trails that will accommodate hikers and bicyclists. There is a disc golf course on-site if you're looking for an adrenaline rush; if your dog is with you and needs to run off some steam, the park has a doggie area where pets can be let off of the leash. It also has some shady spots in case the sun is being a little too friendly.

If you've seen and done everything in Riverfront Park, there are additional parks within the city and two universities that have beautiful landscapes worth looking at. RV camping near Riverfront Park will put you in proximity to some attractions: one of the city's fire halls is a historical landmark and an architectural masterpiece. It was also one of the stops along the Underground Railroad.

Camping near Riverfront Park

There aren't any campground facilities within Riverfront Park, but motorhome camping at Kansas City West / Lawrence KOA will make this a non-issue. This family-friendly RV park is only minutes away from Riverfront Park and has an abundance of amenities just waiting for you. It has volleyball and tetherball, horseshoes, bicycle rentals, a mini zip-line, and more. Individual campsites have full hookups and are quite spacious. Feel like a snack before dinner? The camp snack bar is right there, and you can nibble away while watching cable TV.

Slightly farther out, the Clinton State Park RV campground is another possibility. Each site has either water and electric hookups or is primitive (no hookups), and some of them can be reserved while others are first-come, first-serve. There are heated shower houses so you can camp here year-round and a multitude of amenities, including fishing ponds and a cleaning station, an archery range, volleyball and disc golf, and trails that can be used for biking in the summer and cross-country skiing in the winter.

Exploring the Area

Baldwin City has some important historical connections to the Civil War. One of its landmarks is Black Jack Battlefield, the site of a battle that actually preceded the Civil War. The town is home to Baker University, a small liberal arts institution with a scenic and beautiful campus and a chapel. The university also has a museum with a collection of ancient texts and other exhibits. While you're here, you can enjoy the town's nightlife and restaurant scene. One of the restaurants is on a slow-moving train with exquisite views, while another is a slightly remote barbecue shack with a handful of picnic tables (it is primarily a takeout venue).

Topeka is a larger city with quite a bit to see and do. It is home to the Kansas State Capitol Building and many historical landmarks. The Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site is here, a monument to the end of segregated public education in the country. It has several museums focusing on state history, the state national guard, and more; one of them is a dedication to the memory of Evel Knievel. You'll find urban parks and gardens, several breweries, and a couple of outdoor aquatic centers. Topeka's restaurant industry has everything from fast food and casual local joints to fine dining, and a multitude of cuisines to choose from. Whether your preference is for Indian, Thai, or Italian food, you'll find it here.

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