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Kanopolis Lake

Kanopolis Lake

Kanopolis Lake –  Ellsworth Co. – Camping equestrians use Rockin’ K Campground (Trailhead A).  Equestrians visiting for day, use Horsethief Canyon (Trailhead B).

Kanopolis offers 27+ miles of trails open to hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders. Trails loop through canyons, trees, high prairie, and the breathtaking sandstone Red Rock Canyon. Northern loops encompass Alum Creek trails with vast prairie vistas and water crossings. Trail system could take more than a day to travel; however, no camping along trails. Check with park office for more information on trail rules and conditions. All trails start in Kanopolis State Park. Stay on designated trails; do not trespass onto private land.

Prairie trails and Alum Creek trails in Smoky Hill Wildlife Area are closed to horseback riding and mountain bikes from Nov 1-Jan 31 (hunting season). Trails inside park (including Rockin’ K trails, Horsethief Trails, and Buffalo Track Canyon Nature Trail) are open year-round. Portions of trails may be closed during high water; low  water crossings can become hazardous or impassable at times.

NE Ellsworth County. 10 pads without facilities; 17 elec; 13 elec/water; wash bays; tie posts at each site; hydrants; shelter house (reservable); 26 pens (first-come/first serve, 10 covered/16 uncovered); modern shower house. More pens are being added as funds are available.

Park Office 785-546-2565, kdwpt.kanopolissp@ks.gov, www.ksoutdoors.com. Campsites may be reserved through www.reserveamerica.com or www.kshuntfishcamp.com. Maps available from park office.

Approximately 30 minutes from I-35 at Salina.