Perry Lake was yet another project made possible by the Flood Control Act of 1954. After the Great Flood of 1951, many tributaries of the Kansas River were dammed, including the Delaware River. As usual, compromises had to be made. Small towns such as Ozawkie had to be sacrificed for the larger population centers of…… Continue reading Perry State Park
As the many etched names attest, Mushroom Rock was an object of interest long before it became part of a state park. Native tribes met there frequently, and explorers ranging from John Frémont to Kit Carson probably passed by on their travels. On the heels of the explorers came the groups of covered wagons. The…… Continue reading Mushroom Rock State Park
If I went West, I think I would go to Kansas. —Abraham Lincoln
Located in the northern Flint Hills, Milford State Park showcases some scenic prairie views.
Reservoirs are rare in southwestern Kansas. As early as 1925, residents of the small town of Meade realized that having the only lake and park around would probably be a boon to local businesses. That year, the state legislature had created the Kansas Forestry, Fish, and Game Commission with the power to construct lakes and…… Continue reading Meade State Park
While some Kansas reservoirs were extremely controversial, Lovewell Reservoir had support from the local residents. The northern part of the Smoky Hills is dry, with winds that quickly evaporate any rain that falls. A reservoir could be used for irrigation, so the project met with relatively little resistance. In fact, the locals were proud to…… Continue reading Lovewell State Park
The story of Kaw River State Park, the latest addition to the Kansas park system, begins with the Menninger family. Dr. Charles Frederick Menninger was a physician who had long hoped to set up practice with his sons. When the Menningers opened a clinic together in Topeka, it was Charles’s son Karl, a psychiatrist, who…… Continue reading Kaw River State Park
With opportunities ranging from hiking to fishing to rock-hunting, Kanopolis State Park is an outdoor paradise.
Although Hillsdale State Park is home to one of the more recent reservoirs in Kansas, the land has seen its share of history. Both Kaw and Osage Indians regularly hunted in this area. The Santa Fe Trail passed by a few miles to the north. Later, the landscape was marred by the violence of the…… Continue reading Hillsdale State Park
Long before Waconda Lake and Glen Elder State Park existed, the site was home to a famous landmark that drew visitors from miles around. This landmark was a spring, bubbling out from the top of a mound of its own sediments. Waconda Spring took its name from the Kansa word Wakonda, or “Great Spirit.” The…… Continue reading Glen Elder State Park