Travelers on U.S. Highway 54, struck by the round horizon and massive skyscapes, would be surprised to find a series of ponds, streams, marshland and groves of cottonwood trees just north of the straight path they drive.
Yet such a place exists, nestled in an area of canyons and hills north of the highway.
Its Arkalon Park, home to a variety of wildlife, the favorite haunt of local fishermen, and a welcome shady spot for campers and picnickers. Located 10 miles northeast of Liberal, Arkalon is a project that will always be in progress. The Arkalon Council continues to improve on the overall quality of the community's park system.
At present, there are three lakes and a marsh area. All of the fishing areas have been stocked, mainly with catfish. Visitors to the area are also likely to find an unusual variety of birds. Arkalon provides a permanent home to a gaggle of approximately 40 Canada geese, along with many stopover geese - wild ones that come and go, along with many other water birds that stop along their annual migrations.
Several nature trails wind through the marsh area, providing visitors with an opportunity to sight beaver, deer, kingfishers, turtles, snakes, squirrels, and raccoon. Bird watchers frequently sight a spectrum of species, from bluebirds to falcons, and the foliage is equally diverse. Markers identify many of the unusual trees and shrubs, and benches offer hikers a spot to sit and take in the natural beauty of the scene.
Arkalon provides a place where a family can get away from town and take the kids out to a picnic or just feed the geese. There are electrical hookups in the campground area, a bath house, and RV dump station, and a shelter facility.
Admission: CAMPING FEES: $10.00/ night with electricity; $5.00/night without. Due in advance.
Hours: April 1 - October 31 annually - Fishing: 7:00 A.M. - 9:00 P.M.
Address: 10 miles northeast of Liberal on U.S. Highway 54
CAMPHOST: (620) 626-0531 Office hours are 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. and 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
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