Rich in history and spectacular scenery, Crawford State Park has a flavor all its own. This southeast Kansas treasure surrounds a 150-acre lake built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930’s. There are two recorded archaeological sites in the park – including remnants of a 19th-century U.S. military outpost. An interpretive trail connects the park with the Farlington Fish Hatchery below the dam, which was built shortly after the lake was completed.
The 500-acre park features six campgrounds. There are 28 primitive sites, 38 electric only sites, 25 50amp/water sites, and 20 30amp/ water sites. All of the campsites have a spectacular view of the lake. Crawford State Park offers five lakefront rental cabins with all the comforts of home in a beautiful lake setting. The cabins are by available by reservation and are open year round.
For your convenience there are two boat ramps, three bathhouses, courtesy docks, and a dump station. Four hiking and biking trails, and a swimming beach offer more recreational opportunities in addition to camping, fishing and boating. Anglers enjoy excellent fishing for channel catfish, crappie, and striped bass.
Located on the edge of the Ozarks, Crawford State Park provides a variety of landscapes seen in Kansas state parks. Redbud trees offer spectacular beauty in the spring along with a wide variety of colorful wildflowers, birds, and butterflies. The lush foliage of the surrounding forest is a naturalist’s delight.