A fisherman's paradise can be found at Sebelius Reservoir, a man-made lake with about 2,500 surface acres of water and located approximately for miles west of Norton. The lake offers excellent boating and is renowned for its large numbers of trophy wipers, a white bass/striped bass hybrid known for its ferocious fighting ability. Walleye, saugeye, crappie, channel cat, blue cat, and flathead,bluegill, both large mouth and spotted bass, and carp can all be reeled in at the Reservoir.
The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks maintains a state park on the north side of the lake. More than 40 electrical hookups, boat ramps, trails, and a marina make Prairie Dog a complete park. Norton Wildlife Area, which surrounds the lake, offers 6,500 acres for hunting, nature watching, and exploring. Two vintage 1800s buildings, including the only adobe house on its original site in Kansas in the park provide a bit of local history.
Just inside the park entrance you'll find a growing prairie dog town. Future development of the site includes plans for an interpretive center. Two vintage 19th century buildings are preserved in the park. A one-room schoolhouse (just south of the park office), and an adobe house (north of Prairie Dog Campground), are snapshots of Kansas history.
Wildlife watching is an exciting treat. In addition to the park's namesake, pheasant, Canada geese, wild turkey, badger, and mule and whitetail deer can be observed in the area.
The 2,500 acre reservoir is a great place to boat, water-ski, windsurf, and fish. Black bass, walleye, wiper, crappie, catfish and saugeye are popular. A fishing dock is perfect for a family outing!
OPEN YEAR ROUND
CAMPING - Campsites at Prairie Dog include 40 designated sites with electric and water hookups, 12 designated sites with electric hookups. For a more relaxed atmosphere, try the Branded Cedar Campground where 6 electric hookups and numerous non-designated primitive sites are located. Other campsites available throughout the park include 14 designated primitive sites and 125 non-designated primitive sites. Shower and restroom facilities are located throughout the park, as are two RV dump stations. Seasonal and reservable sites are available. Water is available from April 15 through October 15.
Fees: Park Permit Required
Location: 4 miles SW of Norton on Hwy 36