Kan. state parks free on Saturday

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Kansas state parks will be free on Sat., March 9 as part of a statewide openhouse.

Park users can take advantage of low off-season camping permit prices. March 31 is the last day annual camping permits are priced at off-season discounts. On April 1, the prices increase to their regular prime-season levels.

Visitors can purchase annual camping permits and make cabin or campsite reservations during the open houses, as well.

For pricing information and to purchase permits online, go to the KDWPT website, ksoutdoors.com. For online permit purchases, click the License/Permits icon. For campsite and cabin reservations, click the Reservations icon.

Kansas motor vehicle owners can now buy an annual park vehicle permit as part of their vehicle registration process.

The permit – called a Kansas State Parks Passport – will cost $15.00 (county treasurers can elect to add a $0.50 service fee). This lower-price, non-transferable permit will be available only during the vehicle registration process at a motor vehicle registration office, through the online vehicle registration site (www.kswebtags.org), or when registering by mail.

The Kansas State Parks Passport will expire when the vehicle registration expires a year later.

Below is a list of Kansas state parks along with special events happening this Saturday:

Cedar Bluff

  • Open house: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Park and cabin tours all day
  • Free hot dog feed: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Refreshments served all day

 

Cheney

  • Office open: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. for permit sales and to answer questions
  • Cabin tours

 

Clinton

  • Park office open: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. with animal viewing and show-and-tell.
  • Cabin open house: 11:00a .m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Entrance gate open: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 

Crawford

  • Park office open: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. for permit sales
  • Cabin tours
  • Courtesy boat inspections upon request

 

Cross Timbers & Fall River

  • Park office, Toronto Point gate, and Fredonia Bay gate: open 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Cabin open houses at both parks: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Trail hikes at each cabin beginning at 1:00 p.m.

 

Eisenhower

  • Open house: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Cabin open for viewing
  • Hot dogs and refreshments
  • 5K Run/Walk sponsored by Osage City Warmth Fund
  • Games

 

El Dorado

  • Park office open: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Courtesy boat inspections upon request
  • Two skins and skull programs: 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
  • Cabin tours available upon request and availability

 

Elk City

  • Events run from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • One-mile nature hike
  • Fishing derby at kids fishing pond
  • Geocaching
  • Free hot dog feed: noon – 1:00 p.m.
  • Drawings for prizes

 

Glen Elder

  • Park office and cabin open: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

 

Hillsdale

  • Park office open: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. for permit sales and to answer questions
  • Shooting range open for questions: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

Kanopolis

  • Park office open: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Cabin open house: 11:00 a .m. – 3:00 p.m.

 

Lovewell

  • Park office open: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Cabin tours: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Lovewell and Glen Elder fishing presentation: 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Willow Group Shelter
  • Lovewell Marina open all day to serve refreshments

 

Meade

  • Open house: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Cabin and campsite reservation system information
  • Refreshments served all day

 

Milford

  • Park office open: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Courtesy boat inspections at the office
  • Cabin open for tours upon request and availability
  • Coffee and cookies

 

Perry

  • Coffee and cookies at park office: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Cabin open
  • Car show: 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at office parking lot

 

Pomona

  • Park office open: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. for permit sales
  • Cabin tours: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • RV Show hosted by Olathe Ford RV
  • Disc golf
  • Scavenger hunt,
  • Personal watercraft simulator
  • Easter egg hunt: 1:00 p.m.
  • Food vendors on site
  • Lighthouse Bay Marina open

 

Prairie Dog

  • Open house: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Cabin and Adobe House tours: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

Prairie Spirit Trail

  • City of Iola, Riverside Park: 8:00 a.m. – noon
  • Allen County Thrive PowerPoint on trail extension
  • Franklin County CVB, Garnett Chamber, Iola Chamber presentations
  • Allen County Hospital blood pressure and BMI evaluation
  • Snacks by Friends of Prairie Spirit Trail

 

Lake Scott

  • Open house and all events: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Cookies and punch
  • Cabin tours
  • Slide show of park pictures
  • State Parks Passport information
  • Requirements for senior fishing licenses

 

Tuttle Creek

  • Park office open: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Courtesy boat inspections, park office: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Sioux Cabin open: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Instructional archery shooting, Nihart Range: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Skins/skulls/trapping, Nihart Range: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Coffee and cookies
  • Trout fishing at Willow Lake (to be stocked March 7) Applicable licenses and permits required.

 

Webster

  • Open house: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Boat show in Old Marina Cove: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • BBQ grill demonstrations: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Traeger Grills @ Lakeview Shelter #5
  • Green Mountain Grills @ Townsite Shelter
  • Ozark Mountain Grills @ Hill Top Shelter

 

Wilson

  • Park office open: 10:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m for permit sales
  • Cabin open for tours

 

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