The intriguing Prairie Dog State Park is located in Norton County in western Kansas along the beautiful shoreline of the Keith Sebelius Reservoir. Its name can be attributed to the Prairie Dog colony that lives inside of the park. The campground is located within the Norton Wildlife area, providing its visitors with the opportunity to be greeted by a variety of animals including deer, pheasants, rabbits, waterfowl, coyotes and much more.
The park encompasses over 1150 acres of land, providing you, your pooch and your family with a variety of amenities to explore. It is open all year long, but between the months of mid-October and mid-April, the water system in the park is shut down and therefore, water is not available. Cabin rentals are still available during this time.
Within the campground, you can find archery, bicycling, fishing, nature watching, swimming, canoeing, hiking, jet-skiing, parasailing and a variety of sports-centered activities to enjoy- and the list goes on! With over 200 campsites (some, water and electric hookups, others, only electric or completely primitive), and four cabins, you will never have to worry about accommodations at Prairie Dog Park. The variety of campsite options will give you and your pooch the chance to pick the perfect experience for your needs. Fires are also permitted and you are welcome to bring personal fire-pits from home!
If you're looking to take a stroll down history lane, you can visit either of the two nineteenth century buildings located in the park or the one-room schoolhouse. Any history buff will have a hard time leaving Prairie Dog Park because it's so rich in character. Remember to find a sitter for your pooch while you visit these spots, as pets are not permitted in public buildings.
Pets are welcomes within the park but they must remain restrained at all times. This can include keeping them on a leash, in a camper, a cage or using a tie down chain to anchor them to one location. Unfortunately, pets are not allowed in the designated swimming areas that are identified with buoys, however, they still have access to much of the shoreline, where they can take a dip. They are also welcome to take a walk along a 1.4 mile nature trail to get acquainted with the park and the nearby wildlife.
If you're ever in canvas and looking to venture the outdoors, be sure to swing by Prarie Dog State park, you won't be disappointed!