Cedar Bluff State Park is divided into two, unique areas along the shorelines of Cedar Bluff
Reservoir. The Bluffton Area, on the north shore, provides nearly 350 acres for visitors. It is the most developed area and provides a variety of facilities to meet the outdoor enthusiasts needs.
They include: two boat ramp facilities, 96 utility campsites, two community shelters, a reservable group utility campground, two large shower houses and dump stations; five modern rental cabins and numerous undesignated primitive campsites and picnic areas.
While visiting enjoy some of the opportunities including sand volleyball, horseshoes, shore side basketball, bicycling on our BMX track or swimming on our beach. Fishing can be fantastic in the Bluffton area also. Nearly all of the shoreline is accessible and there’s a covered, handicap accessible
fishing dock as well.
The Page Creek Area, on the south shore of the reservoir, is nearly 500 acres in size. It is not quite as developed but provides some of the finest primitive camping in the state with its large shade trees and sandy shorelines. The Page Creek Area contains 36 utility campsites, a community shelter, two dump stations, two boat ramp facilities, two shower houses and two vault toilets; one designated primitive campground and numerous undesignated campsites. This area is a favorite for boaters, jet skiers and for those who seek a little more solitude when relaxing outdoors.
Cedar Bluff State Park 32001 KS-147, Ellis, KS 67637, United States
The following activities within the park should be done with utmost caution. Make sure that you have the proper protective gear and equipment necessary to make your adventures safe and accident-free. We advise you to read the TIPS underneath each activity to serve as a guide on what you may need to bring in order to enjoy your stay fully.
All state parks and many wildlife areas and fishing lakes have hiking trails available that encompass a wide variety of terrain, distances and physical abilities. Accessible trails are available at many state parks. Maps and other information are available online by visiting individual state park, wildlife area or fishing lake pages. Volunteers from the Kansas Trails Council maintain some of these trails.
Open to any non-motorized travel – hiking, biking and horseback riding; accessible for electric wheelchairs in many locations
This 117-mile crown jewel is the seventh-longest rail-trail in the U.S. and the longest trail in Kansas. It follows the general route of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail and is a component of the coast-to-coast American Discovery Trail.
The trail crosses the Flint Hills, one of the last remaining tallgrass prairie ecosystems in the world. It is home to abundant prairie plant and wildlife species, spectacular views, national historic sites, and a diverse set of recreational areas. On eastern portions of the trail, hikers and bikers travel along the Marais Des Cygnes River, between rushing waters and towering bluffs, through rolling farmland and riparian woodlands. Trail-goers can enjoy the sites and hospitality of more than 12 rural communities across five counties. Visit Flint Hills Trail for more information.
Boating / Kayaking
Paddle sports include canoeing, kayaking, standup paddling (paddle boarding), and rafting. Paddling is a great way to enjoy many Kansas waterways, as these crafts are maneuverable in shallow waters and easily transported. And, there are plenty of opportunities! Kansas offers some of the finest water recreation in the U.S. including:
359,000 acres of permanent standing and flowing waters
24 large federal reservoirs covering from 1,200 to 16,000 surface acres
43 state fishing lakes owned and operated by KDWPT covering 50 to 300 acres 230 community lakes owned by local governments (some may restrict boating and paddle sports)
Three navigable rivers open to the public (Arkansas, Missouri, and Kansas – permission is needed to access the rivers through private land). The rest of our streams are privately owned, but some portions are leased for public use by KDWPT and other portions are in public ownership when flowing through federal, state or local jurisdictions.
24 of the state’s 26 state parks offer easy access to lakes or the Kansas River.
BOATERexam.com offers a free online Paddle Sports Safety Course. Completing this course does NOT satisfy the Kansas boater education requirement for operating a power boat, personal watercraft or sailboat.
Under Kansas law, anyone 12 years old and younger must wear a life jacket at all times when on board a boat and everyone else must have a life jacket readily accessible. Sailboards, kayaks, canoes and paddle boards are considered boats. KDWPT strongly recommends that everyone wear a life jacket at all times when enjoying a paddle sport.
There are more than 10,000 miles of streams and rivers in Kansas
MISSOURI RIVER VIEW
Most streams and rivers in Kansas are privately owned. The public rivers are the Kansas, Arkansas and Missouri (shown at right). They are open to the public between the ordinary high water marks on each bank. This is the line that can be seen where high water has left debris, sand, and gravel during its ordinary annual cycle. When these rivers flow through private land, permission is needed from adjacent landowners to access the rivers as well as when picnicking, camping, portaging or engaging in any other activity on the adjacent private lands.
Except where they pass through the legal limits of a government entity, the rest of our streams and rivers are privately owned, and permission is needed from the landowners to access and use the streams and adjacent lands for any purpose.
KANSAS RIVER NATIONAL WATER TRAIL
One of the world’s longest prairie rivers
The Kansas River was designated as a National Water Trail on July 14, 2012. Known locally as the Kaw, the Kansas River begins at the confluence of the Republican and Smoky Hill Rivers near Junction City and flows 173 miles to Kansas City where it joins the Missouri River. The Kansas River watershed drains almost the entire northern half of Kansas and part of Nebraska and Colorado (53,000 square miles). The major cities along the Kansas River include Junction City, Manhattan, Topeka, Lawrence and Kansas City.
Recreational archery is a fast-growing sport that can be enjoyed – and mastered – by enthusiasts young and old. It can be practiced as a sport on its own or as a stepping stone or adjunct to bowhunting or bowfishing.
Swimming at a beach is much different than swimming in a pool because the water may be murky and harbor floating or submerged debris, the bottom may be uneven and there may be wind and waves.
Follow these safety measures for a safe, enjoyable visit:
Stay within the designated swim area.
Boats are not allowed in the swim area or past the “No Boat” buoys posted beyond the swimming beaches at most parks.
State park beaches do not have lifeguards, and swimmers enter the water at their own risk Wear foot protection, such as water shoes, to avoid injuries from unseen hazards in the sand or lake bottom.
By regulation, possession of liquor or beer (cereal malt beverage) is prohibited at designated state park swim beaches, and no containers other than shatterproof containers shall be possessed.
By posted notice, all state park designated swimming beaches close at 9:00 p.m., and pets are prohibited from the beaches.
Never swim alone, at night, or under the influence of alcohol or other drugs Be alert to changes in the lake bottom to avoid loss of footing. Beaches are subject to wave action and erosion.
Young children and inexperienced swimmers should wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets in and around the water.
Pay attention to children, elderly persons and individuals with known medical conditions. Do not dive into the water from any structure or floating device.
Be alert to weather conditions.
Heed “Harmful Algae Bloom” Advisory and Warning signs. Harmful algae blooms are unpredictable. They can develop rapidly and may float around the lake, requiring visitors to exercise their best judgment. If there is scum, a paint-like surface, or the water is bright green, avoid contact and keep pets away. These are indications that a harmful bloom may be present.
This is a list of all the public ranges in the State of Kansas. To better define your search use the selection box below.
This compilation of ranges is designed assist you in locating a safe place to shoot, and serves only as a guideline. It is your responsibility to obtain permission to use these facilities when and where necessary. Please notify the Education Section at (620) 672-5911 or by email of any corrections.
Leave No Trace
Kansas State Parks are proud community partners of LEAVE NO TRACE CENTER FOR OUTDOOR ETHICS. Everyone is advised to comply with the following:
PLAN AHEAD AND PREPARE
TRAVEL AND CAMP ON DURABLE SURFACES
DISPOSE OF WASTE PROPERLY
LEAVE WHAT YOU FIND
MINIMIZE CAMPFIRE IMPACTS
BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHER VISITOR
Cedar Bluff State Park is a must-visit state park in Kansas. Check out other state parks in Kansas here.