Eisenhower State Park is located in Osage County, Kansas 30 miles northeast
of Emporia and 35 miles south of Topeka. The park has 1,785 acres: 1,000 acres of tallgrass prairie, 440 acres of woodland and a complete range of recreational facilities, and 6,930 acres of Melvern Lake.
There are several camping areas at ESP with over 180 utility campsites
including with sewer hookups, electric only sites and 5 shower houses. There
are also primitive campsites available. In addition, there is a primitive area
for equestrian camping. The park also has modern cabins, primitive yurts and a
Many of the campsites have beautiful views of the lake. The sites are large
and well-maintained. The bathrooms, although older, were clean.
The park also has trails for horseback riding, biking, hiking and archery. Wildlife
you may see include white-tailed deer, wild turkey, bobwhite quail,
squirrels, other furry friends, as well as waterfowl. Fishing you may catch walleye, crappie, sauger, white bass, and channel catfish. Melvern Lake has 2 nine-lane boat ramps offer.
When Steve and I went, we took kayaks. The water is a bit rough, partially due to the wind over the weekend and part due to the nature of the reservoir. Next time, we’ll take bikes! Here are some photos from our adventures.