Elk City Parks
Access roads lead into three attractive park areas offering picnicking and camping sites (with and without electricity), swimming areas, boat launching ramps, water hydrants, sanitary facilities, showers, fireplaces, playgrounds, and group shelters.
Elk City State Park
is located in the Osage Questas of southeastern Kansas, where thick oak-hickory woodlands meet rolling meadows of big bluestem and Indian grass. The State Park has a full complement of camping and boating facilities, but it is perhaps best known for its hiking trails. The park tself boasts 4.5 miles of trails, and the Army Corps of Engineers manages the scenic Elk River Hiking Trail covers 15 miles from the west edge of the dam to the Highway 160 bridge on the Elk River.
The camping area has 95 modern sites with 30 or 50 amp electric and water hookup. Eleven sites include sewer hookup, modern restrooms with showers, trailer sewage dump stations, group shelter, fishing piers, handicap fishing dock, and playground facilities.
Day Use: The Day Use Area has a swimming beach, picnic area, group shelter, basketball court, sand volleyball court, playground, fishing pier, restroom, and a three lane boat ramp.
Camping is permitted in the state park campground and along Table Mound Hiking Trail south of the county road. Toilets are available at Memorial Overlook Trailhead near the dam and the state park trailhead.
Corps of Engineers Parks:
- Card Creek campground is located on Card Creek for those campers who like to "camp on the river banks." This is a favorite campground for those campers who just like to get away. Four primitive campsites have been recently added. Other improvements are always in the making. Facilities include Designated Campsites/Electricity/No Water, Restrooms, Drinking Water, Trailer Dump Station, Picnic Area, Hiking Nature Trail, Boat Ramp/Dock.
Park Open Year Round
4 Sites/No Elec/No Water, Fee $8.00; 16 Sites/Elec/No Water, Fee $12.00
Outlet Channel Area
- This campground is located just north of the dam. Outlet Channel campground is for those campers who just want to get back to nature. Facilities include: Designated Campsites/No Elec/No Water, Drinking Water, Restrooms, Trailer Dump Station, Picnic Area,
Park Open: March 29 - November 3
15 Sites/No Elec/No Water, Fee $8.00