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Glen Elder State Park

Glen Elder, Kansas


2131 180 Rd
Glen Elder, Kansas 67446
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Sites: 420
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 39.51439
Longitude: -98.34046

Elevation: 1504' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault yes
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails ?
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach ?
  • Biking Biking ?
  • Boating Boating yes
  • Golf Golf ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts ?
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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8 Reviews

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Review Count: 76
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 20

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

This is a nice state park with spacious sites and free wi-fi! We stayed in the Kanza loop which are "premium" sites. Nice shade trees but little privacy. The shower house is dated and in dire need of a cleaning. Lots of flying insects (non-biting), but I attibuted that to the proximity of the water and time of year. We camped at Glen Elder State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Kanza site 29
Site Surface
Concrete, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $21.00
Overall Rating:

Glen Elder State Park looks upon one of the largest lakes in Kansas. The campgrounds were very clean. I had a pull through where the drive was gravel, but it had a concrete pad for the RV. It was very close to level. The views are great. Lots of birds. The fishing must be pretty good from what I saw. Dump stations only, no sewer at the sites. I want to go again. We camped at Glen Elder State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Cheyenne Site 32
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Just 7 miles to Cawker City to see the world's largest ball of twine. Oooh Ahhh.

Also, about 14 miles to get to a town that has a grocery store, so stock up before you get there.

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Review Count: 52
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $21.00
Overall Rating:

The sites at the south end of the Kanza loop are mostly covered by trees and fairly spacious with flat concrete pads. Those at the north end are more utilitarian, crammed next to each other on a gravel lot.

We very much enjoyed our stay here, but be warned there can be a LOT of bugs here in August. We had a swarm of hundreds clinging to our slideouts and I had to have my wife continually swat them away while I pulled in the slideouts on our departure morning. And no matter how fast you come in and out at night, expect your ceiling to have several dozen tiny new visitors each time you open the door.

We had a good Verizon signal here and the campground's wifi worked well. It was very quiet during our midweek stay. Kanza site 34 has a great lake view if you have a passenger-side dinette. It looks like the ocean due to the flat terrain. We camped at Glen Elder State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Kanza 34
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

Add an additional $5 for a day park pass. May have discount or different rates for multiple days. Plus premium sites had additional $2.50/day fee. We were on a premium site (close to water, level, shade). Clean park, as most state parks, no sewer hookup. Was quiet. Could see the sun set and rise from our spot. Bathrooms/showers okay. However no dressing room attached to shower. We just stopped overnight as it was on our route. Other campers were there for fishing. We camped at Glen Elder State Park in a Truck Camper.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

I don't know why there aren't more reviews about this place. It was wonderful. We pulled in without a reservation after the office was closed and found a camp host to tell us where to park with plenty of options of our choosing and we paid in the office the next morning as we were leaving. We were a short walk from the beautiful lake. We camped at Glen Elder State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 43
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: June, 2010 - $31.00
Overall Rating:

My review pretty much mirrors the last review from 2007, the grounds and lake at Glen Elder make it a very good place to RV. However what appears to have been a park staff glitch caused me to rate it a 6. We were looking for a place to overnight in the central part of Kansas and there aren't a lot of options. I'd called Glen Elder several days before to reserve a pull-thru RV site since we didn't want to unhook our car. A lady named Lisa said site #4 in their Kaw campground was available but if we didn't arrive by 5 PM they would charge our credit card $11.50 to reserve the site. Since it was a Saturday in summer and the park would likely be busy, I said OK. I even double-check called on Saturday morning to confirm our site # and location with Lisa. We arrived a little after 5PM after driving from Colorado Springs to find our pull-thru site occupied. Two motorhomes were in it and the occupants said/claimed they were told they could take any site in Kaw and that there was no reserved sign posted when they got there. All the other sites in Kaw were either already taken or had a reserved sign. So I called the reservations phone number & and got a 'Lisa' recording saying the office closes at 6 PM on weekends. By then it was 5:30 so I left a message explaining our situation and asking someone to call back ASAP. I also called the number for the park manager and left the same message. We drove around several campgrounds til after 6 PM and no one ever called back. I then called the number for the night park ranger & left the same message. We finally found some empty sites in Kanza. They had flip signs that said 'This Site May Be Reserved; Check With Office'. But when we flipped the sign up, there was a paper tag with a name with dates for this entire week thru Sunday. So does 'This Site May Be Reserved' mean 'You may reserve this site' or does it mean ' This site may already be reserved'? Rather confusing when you're worn out from driving all day. Finally the temporary evening ranger called us back and I explained our situation. He said something about a big event coming up next week and since daily camping permits expire at noon, maybe some overzealous park employee had mistakenly removed our reserved site sign by mistake, and to go ahead and take the site we found. Which we did and luckily no one showed up to claim it because by then it would have taken an armed militia to evict us. State parks in Kansas have a somewhat complicated rate structure: daily State Park entrance fee, plus daily camping fee, plus utility fees broken down by one, two or three utilities, plus a prime site fee (I think for pull-thru or cement pad?). I don't mind paying more for extra amenities, but I didn't appreciate being charged an additional $11.50 for a reserved campsite which wasn't. We camped at Glen Elder State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 131
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 26

Date of Stay: August, 2007 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

This is a large campground located on a lake with easy access in and out of it. Only about half of the listed sites are for RVs. The rest are tent sites. The park is divided into several looped sections with paved or gravel roads and a mixture of utility setups. The RV sites, all generally level with picnic tables and fire rings, are either concrete, paved, or gravel. Tent sites are grass. Water and voltage was good. The sites in the main section are all 50 amps, but not all of those have sewer. It is the only section that has trees. There are a handful of pull thru sites in the water and electric only sections of the campground. Bathhouses that were observed were clean and the grounds are well maintained. There is a nice boat ramp. No playground. There are quite a few seasonals, but they do not preclude getting a good site. The campground appears to be a storage lot for numerous older, unoccupied RVs. They are scattered through out, but mostly on the tent sites. The best way to get a good site is to drive thru before registering. Disregard the “This Site Reserved” signs. The park staff does a poor job of updating them. The biggest drawback of this campground is that you pay an entry fee, vehicle fee, and a fee for each utility which then raises the price to the level of a commercial C/G with amenities. We camped at Glen Elder State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2006 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

Huge Park with 300 tent and 121 RV, plus you can dry camp on the lake's edge in undeveloped areas. Flat and grassy. Not a lot of shade. Our concrete pad had chain hooks in the concrete so that you could chain your RV down in the event of high wind (tornado?) Oh my. Great recreation lake for boating, fishing, personal watercraft, skiing. Swim beach. Kansas has complicated rate structure: daily State Park entrance fee (or annual pass) plus camp fee, plus utility fees broken down by one, two or three utilities, plus "premium site" fee if pull through. Take your calculator. Cawker City is nearby...world's largest ball of twine. We camped at Glen Elder State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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