Clinton Lake – Corp of Engineers Camping

There are several campgrounds at Clinton Lake right outside Lawrence, KS. The northern side of the lake has State Campgrounds for trailers and primitive alike. These are closest to Lawrence. On the south side of the lake are Corps of Engineers campgrounds. These are listed below from the Corps site.

Bloomington Park

Bloomington East Park, just west of Clinton Lake, between the Rock Creek and Wakarusa River arms of the lake, offers several different recreational options. Within Bloomington East Park, visitors have the opportunity to reserve picnic shelters and campsites, both for group camping and individual family camping. Bloomington Park is the Corps’ largest and most developed park with over 400 campsites conveniently located near the swimming beach, picnic area with reservable picnic shelters, boat ramps, disc golf course, playgrounds and the Wakarusa River Valley Heritage Museum.

Bloomington West is a spacious group campground that sits under an umbrella of trees west of Clinton Dam and Lake in the hills of Kansas. This spacious group site offers 25 individual sites, four with 20/30 Amp electric and water connections. This area has a total capacity of 150 guests. A boat ramp is located within a mile of the site, and grills, flush toilets, showers and drinking water provide a comfortable camping experience.

Rockhaven Park

Rockhaven Park offers 50 equestrian friendly campsites, some with electricity, plus access to over 30 miles of bridle and hiking trails. Drinking water, restrooms, showers, playground and a group shelter are centrally located in this park.

Woodridge Park

Woodridge Park has 450 acres for hiking and primitive, walk-in camping. Tent camping is allowed throughout the park and along the 4.5 mile George Latham hiking trail. Campfires are allowed at designated locations only. Drinking water and a vault toilet are available in this park. 


There are some have beautiful campground views. The recreational site has an awesome beach I’ll attend after Covid is over. There are many nice picnic areas there which are right next to the water and the grounds are well-maintained and not weedy.

But the deal breaker on the Corps camping side are their bathrooms. Old. Buggy. Sort of scary, to be honest. Because our tear drop camper does not have its own bathroom, we are at the mercy of these facilities. These corps bathrooms are a definite thumbs-down.

So for now, we’ll continue to camp on the State Park side with modern, newly renovated facilities and drive for the views and recreational area closer to the water on the south side during the day.

Let’s all go outdoors this fall,


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