Five campgrounds are conveniently located around Wilson Lake. The Corps manages three of these campgrounds in Lucas, Minooka, and Sylvan Parks. The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks manages the two State Parks, Wilson State Park and Otoe Park Area.
Wilson State Park is considered by many to be the most beautiful in the state. Located in the heart of the Smoky Hills approximately 25 miles east of Russell, Wilson is divided into two areas that offer both utility and primitive camping. Water hookups and shower buildings are available from April through September, and frost-free hydrants and several vault toilets are open in the winter months. Equipment and facilities are available for sand volleyball, basketball and horseshoe pitching. Two designated swimming beaches add to the fun.
For RV users, the park has three dump stations, two in Hell Creek and one in Otoe. Selected sites can be reserved for a fee through the park office. Available on a first-come first-serve basis, these sites are reservable April 1 through October 31.
Entrance stations are located at most campgrounds and all campgrounds are patrolled routinely by Park Rangers and and Russell County Sheriff's Deputies.
, located on the south side of Wilson Lake, is the most highly developed area on the lake. Amenities include 158 campsites of which 102 have electrical hookups and 8 have electric and water hookups. Also included are a playground, volleyball court, three boat ramps, a beach, two shower buildings, reservable group camp and day use shelter, two sanitary dumpstations, and numerous vault toilets. Fees range from $16 for a prime site to $10 for a basic campsite per night. Fees are collected from April 15 to October 15.
, located on the north side of the lake is quickly becoming a popular camping area. Facilities include 103 developed campsites of which 62 have electrical hookups and 8 have electric and water hookups. Other facilities available include shower buildings, sanitary dumpstation, playground, reservable group camp and day use shelter, boat ramp, beach, handicap fishing dock, and numerous picnic areas and vault toilets. Fees in this area also range form $16 for a prime site to $10 for a basic site per night. Fees are collected from April 15 to October 15.
is located below the dam near the administration building. Sylvan has a total of 15 campsites 9 of which have electric and water. Facilities available include a primitive group camp, one day use shelter, a playground, a horseshoe pit, and a vault toilet. Fees in this area range from $12 for a prime site to $8 for a basic site per night. Fees are collected from April 15 to October 15. From Oct. 16 - April 14th there is an $8.00 fee for utility sites.