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A pretty park on the shores of the 9,000-acre Wilson Reservoir, Wilson State Park is one of Kansas' favorite recreational hotspots. Located ten miles north of Wilson, this 945-acre park encompasses two areas in the reservoir's southeastern corner — Hell Creek and Otoe.
Regardless of whether you visit Wilson State Park for a weekend, a week, or even longer, you'll find plenty of activities to keep you occupied. Highlights include excellent boating, fishing, hiking, and biking, making this a dream destination for outdoor enthusiasts.
And with more than 200 sites spread across multiple camping areas, Wilson State Park offers something to suit the tastes of all campers.
With the park located in an enviable position on the shores of a huge reservoir, it should come as no surprise that water sports make up the most popular recreational activities in Wilson State Park.
If you love fishing and boating, you'll definitely feel right at home here. There are two boat ramps available in the park, one in each area, with the ramp in Hell Creek better suited for large boats. There's also a marina in the Hell Creek Area where boat rentals, mooring slips, and essential supplies are available.
Water skiing, jet skiing, and good old-fashioned pleasure cruising are all popular pastimes on the lake, but the number-one attraction would have to be fishing. Striped and smallmouth bass are the most commonly targeted species, while white bass, walleye, and a variety of other fish can all be caught here.
Of course, if you ever need a break from all these water sports, you might like to do some exploring on dry land and check out the park's hiking trails. The one-mile Cedar Trail is a good starting point if you're looking for something relatively short, while the two-mile Dakota Trail is well worth tackling if you're keen to check out some spectacular views of the lake.
And if you're a keen mountain biker, you won't hesitate to explore the Switchgrass Bike Trail. Offering almost 25 miles of terrain to explore, it offers challenges for bikers of a variety of skill levels. However, the trail is also open to walkers, so you don't need to bring two-wheeled transport along to experience the best it has to offer.
If RV camping at Wilson State Park sounds like your idea of the perfect vacation, search for an RV in Russell County and then reserve a site in one of the park's several camping areas.
In total, Wilson State Park offers the following:
These sites are spread around several different campgrounds and loops — there are 12 camping areas in the Hell Creek Area and six more in the Otoe Area. Facilities and amenities differ depending on where you choose to set up camp at Wilson State Park, so check site descriptions and campground maps carefully before booking your spot.
Utility campsites are available all year round, with water hydrants and several toilets also available through the winter months. However, water hookups and shower buildings are only operational from April through September. There are also three dump stations provided for RV rentals, with two in the Hell Creek Area and one in the Otoe Area.
Finally, if you want to visit Wilson State Park with your dog, you'll be happy to learn that pets are welcome in the campground. However, you'll need to clean up after your pet and make sure they're leashed and attended at all times.
When your Wilson State Park RV camping vacation comes to an end, you don't have to make a beeline for home. Instead, why not take the scenic route and check out some of the best local attractions?
For example, if you'd like to check out another gorgeous state park, you'll find the natural beauty of Kanopolis Lake less than an hour's drive to the southeast. The vast state park and surrounding wildlife area are deservedly popular with hunters, hikers, and anglers.
If you decide to head west to Hays, the Sternberg Museum of Natural History is well worth a visit. Whether you're interested in the natural history of the Great Plains, or you just want to see some dinosaur fossils, spending an hour or two wandering through the exhibits will be a rewarding experience.
And if you'd rather head east towards Salina, which is also less than an hour away, you could be getting up close and personal with the majestic creatures at Rolling Hills Zoo before you know it.
No matter which point of the compass you choose to follow, you won't have to go far to find an attraction worth exploring. Rent a camper near Wilson State Park and start planning your next Kansas camping vacation.