Wilson State Park

#3 State Park Road

Located along the Post Rock Scenic Byway about 5 miles north of I-70, west of K-232

Located in the heart of the Smoky Hills, Wilson State Park is considered by many to be the most beautiful in the state. Wilson Reservoir features a rugged shoreline punctuated by scenic cliffs and rocky outcrops. The park and surrounding wildlife area offer the opportunity to view and photograph deer, pheasant, waterfowl, songbirds, and furbearers.

Wilson Reservoir offers excellent white bass and striped bass angling. The Cedar Trail in the Otoe area is a one-mile loop with a concrete surface and is great for a leisurely, low-stress walk. The 25.5-mile long Switchgrass Bike Trail is popular with mountain bikers to pursue this challenging activity.

Wilson Wildlife Area is located on the upper end of 9,000 acre Wilson Reservoir. The 8,069-acre public hunting area is made up of 5,000 acres of rugged rolling hills of native prairie, approximately 2,000 acres of cropland, and 1,000 acres of riparian timber along the Saline River, Cedar Creek, Turkey Creek, and Elm Creek. The area has a waterfowl refuge that was established in 1996.


Aaron Herbel

Tuesday, Sep. 26, 2017

This lake is a boater's dream, as it has some of the clearest water in Kansas. Also decent fishing, if you can find a quiet place. There is not a lot of tree cover around, and as most of the cabins and campsites are on top of the surrounding hills, is may be slightly windier then some other locations. There are extending biking trails surrounding the area, and it is a destination location for bicyclists.

Ryan Yarnell

Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017

Very windy usually. Drove 3 hour to cliff jump but it is prohibited. Only time I can say Missouri is better than Kansas. There are a lot of awesome bike trails and seemed like almost every camp site was near the water.

Jeff Eck

Sunday, Sep. 24, 2017

Fresh clean water, I didn't know Kansas had water like this. I was impressed and had a great time in the local towns. Plan on making the trip back.

Jesse Mills

Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017

It's a cool, windy lake and great place to camp IF you're with a group, but if you don't have a boat or you go solo, there isn't much to do. Very limited places to swim. Also, their facilities need attention bigtime and our "neighbors" engine wires got chewed up by rats so watch out! 2 1/2 stars

DAVID Prendergast

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017

Clearest lake in kansas. Great mountain bike trails, rated epic. Good marina.