Camping, Fishing & Picnicking

category : Recreation
Camping, Fishing & Picnicking People come from miles around to use the many parks and recreation facilities in Burlington. Burlington has five recreational parks: Conrad Park, Drake Park and City Dam, Jones Youth Recreational Park, and Kelley Park, and Oak Park, the city's newest park. Enjoy the scenery as you walk along the Oak Park Walking Trail. These parks offer a variety of activities. Two parks offer camping and hook-ups, three parks offer baseball and softball fields, one park offers three soccer fields. Other excellent facilities offered in the parks in Burlington include: two tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool, two outdoor three-wall racquetball courts, two outdoor basketball courts, four well-equipped playground sites, and several attractive picnic areas for use by the public for large gatherings. Several rodeo events are held each year at Kelley Park in an arena built by the Coffey County Saddle Club. Read on to learn more about our two largest parks.

RV CAMPING: DRAKE PARK (CITY DAM) and KELLEY PARK have RV camping facilities. [See reservation information listed after park descriptions.]

DRAKE PARK and BURLINGTON CITY DAM are located on a scenic stretch of the Neosho on the east edge of the City of Burlington. Drake Park provides visitors with an opportunity to enjoy fishing, picnicking, sightseeing, and camping. Burlington City Dam is a favorite fishing spot of residents and visitors alike. Several species of fish are found in the waters flowing over the Dam, including white base, crappie, spoonbill, carp and drum.

Recent additions to Drake Park include the construction of eight concrete RV parking stalls. Each stall is equipped with water and electrical hookups and are in close proximity to the City Dam. Newly constructed restrooms with showers are close by. Picnic tables have been set up at various locations throughout Drake Park and there are plans to install barbecue grills.

KELLEY PARK, located on 46 acres along the Neosho River, is only a few blocks south of the City Dam and is a popular park for Burlington and Coffey County activities of all kinds. Kelley Hall offers a quaint location to hold family reunions, birthday parties, and meetings. The new 4-H Building is complete with kitchen facilities for dinners and banquets. Sporting events are held in the rustic covered Kelley Park Stadium. Rodeos are held in the Rodeo Arena. Kelley Park is the site for the oldest consecutively held annual fair in the State of Kansas. New restrooms were constructed in the playground area next to Kelley Hall this past Spring. Several shelter houses are equipped with barbecue grills and picnic tables. RV parking is also available at Kelley Park.


Kelley Hall, 4-H Building, Stadium:
BY RESERVATION ONLY; Burlington City Hall, 301 Neosho Street; P.O. Box 207; Tel: 620-364-5334; Fax: 620-364-2996
, Shelter Houses and Gazebo: Available on a first-come basis

DRAKE PARK $10 per night $ 6 per night
KELLEY PARK $ 8 per night $ 4 per night

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES/SPORTS - Including camping, fishing , hunting, sightseeing, water sports, etc.

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Wolf Creek Environmental Education Area

The Wolf Creek Environmental Education Area opened in September of 1994 offers visitors a unique opportunity to learn about the nature of eastern Kansas. The area consists of 160 acres on which there are three self-guided trails that start and end at the "silo."

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1896 School House

The Rural Dale School which was located east of LeRoy, Kansas in Coffey County, was recently donated to the Coffey County Museum by Irene Woods. The 1896 school house has been moved next to the Museum and is currently undergoing restoration. Restoration should be completed early in 1997.

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Wolf Creek Generating Station

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