The only state park in Kansas, the Meade State Park has 440 acres of recreational facilities and land situated around the Meade State Fishing Lake. It is an oasis of shortgrass prairie region which was part of the Turkey Track Ranch in the 1920s. The state park is nestled on the high plains of southwest Kansas, and it has a Visitor Center which hosts a wide variety of events all throughout the year.
Although small compared to other parks, the 360 acres offers dove and squall hunters a good game opportunity. Rabbit, deer, turkey, and waterfowl are some of the animals that inhabit the area. Visitors can go to nature trails so that they can have a better and closer look at the ecosystem of the shortgrass prairie. They can identify various grasses, trees, flowers, and birds.
There are other activities in the area, aside from the nature trails. There are day use areas for those who do not want to commit to a more extended stay, a swimming beach, utility and primitive camping, boating, and fishing. The state fishing lake has 80 acres and has a maximum depth of ten feet. Novice and experienced fishers can catch largemouth bass, green sunfish, flathead catfish, red ear sunfish, crappie, and channel catfish.
The Meade Fish Hatchery is west of the Meade Lake which gives guided tours by appointment. Campgrounds are available for people who would like to spend a night or a few nights at the Meade State Park. The campgrounds provide 42 different sites with water and electricity, as well as 150 primitive campsites.
There is a boat dock for unloading boats, but there is no boating allowed unless operated at no-wake speeds. Kansas City parks, including Meade State Park, welcome dogs of all sizes. However, pooches are not permitted on swimming beaches or swimming areas. They must be on a leash at all times, and pet parents must clean up after their pooches immediately.