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First Day Hike at Crawford State Park

Begin the New Year connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike at Crawford State Park. Meet January 1 at 10 a.m. at the Beach Shelter. Trail is moderate difficulty. Pets must be on leash. Wear weather appropriate clothing, including water resistant boots. Contact/cancellation info: 620-362-3671. Tag #FirstDayHikes and #NoPlaceLikeKS.

Held New Year’s Day every year.

Swimming Beach on Farlington Lake

1 W Lake Rd
Farlington, KS 66734
(620) 362-3671
ksoutdoors.com/State-Parks/Locations/Crawford

An ADA compliant playground overlooks a 170 foot lakefront sandy swimming beach. Within waking distance are bathroom facilities, a shelter house, marina & cafe. The playground was installed in 2006 and consists of numerous swings, three slides, two sets of climbing stuctures, and a playhouse.

Kansas state parks pass is required to access.

Spiderleg Bridge Trail

1 W Lake Rd
Farlington, KS 66734
(620) 362-3671
ksoutdoors.com/State-Parks/Locations/Crawford

0.5 mile walking trail. ADA accessible. Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Branch of West Fork Dry Wood Creek on Saint Louis-San Francisco Railroad. Built in 1914 to replace a wooden bridge. Includes remains of a 19th century U.S. military outpost.

State park permit is required for access.

Shady Rest Cabins

1 W Lake Rd
Farlington, KS 66734
(620) 362-3671
ksoutdoors.com/State-Parks/Locations/Crawford/Cabins

These deluxe lakefront cabins are tucked away on the south end of Farlington Lake at Crawford State Park near a boat ramp and fish attractor.

All cabins are ADA accessible & available year round. This group of cabins is just southwest of the main channel and share a fire ring and outdoor grill in a shaded setting. They are near both a boat ramp and fish attractor.

Shady Rest: Holds up to nine adults. Is the largest cabin at the park. Easy access to the lake’s fishing, boating, and water-skiing opportunities, by way of a brick walkway down to a large dock.

Trails End Cabin: Holds up to five adults. The park’s newest cabin. Beautiful waterfront view and a spacious living area.

Kansas State Park permit is required for access.

To reserve or for more information, visit https://ksoutdoors.com/State-Parks/Locations/Crawford/Cabins

Rocky Cove Campground

1 W Lake Rd
Farlington, KS 66734
(620) 362-3671
ksoutdoors.com/State-Parks/Locations/Crawford

Gorgeous sunsets provide a marvelous backdrop of Farlington Lake inside Crawford State Park. Self-pay station, picnic shelter, and a courtesy dock are nearby. Includes the park’s only reservable RV sites.

Location: On the northeast end of the lake (GPS: N37 38.534 W094 48.373)
Water, Electric campsites: 15
Electric campsites: 15
Includes the only four reservable RV sites in the park

Campground has shaded sites with campfire rings and picnic tables. A large shady, grassy area abuts the east side of the campground. On the west side, gorgeous sunsets provide a marvelous backdrop for the lake at evening time. A fish feeder is located at the far southeastern end of the campground.

Campsites (all have level, concrete pads)
#102 and #104: Reservation sites with 30 amp electric only/ NO water
#103 and #105: Reservation sites with 50 amp electric/ frost-free water hydrants
#107 to #129 odd numbers: 50 amp electric/ frost-free water hydrants
#106 to #130 even numbers: 30 amp electric only/ NO water

Rocky Cove Camping Area Shelter location: N37 38.560 W094 48.378

Osage Bluff Campsite

1 W Lake Rd
Farlington, KS 66734
(620) 362-3671
ksoutdoors.com/State-Parks/Locations/Crawford/Areas/Osage-Bluff

A back to nature area, Osage Bluff is located on the southwest end of Farlington Lake at Crawford State Park. It is a secluded wooded area where anyone who wants to “rough it” will enjoy themselves. Is near boat ramp and fish feeder.

Location: On the far southwest end of Farlington Lake (GPS: N37 37.650 W094 49.207)
Water, Electric campsites: 0
Electric campsites: 0
Primitive campsites: 1

Campsites (all are paved or concrete – none are reservable)

For more details: https://www.kshuntfishcamp.com/camping/crawford-state-park/r/campgroundDetails.page?parkID=519118&media=3

Oak Point Campground

1 W Lake Rd
Farlington, KS 66734
(620) 362-3671

The largest campground at Crawford State Park includes restroom/shower house, amphitheater, laundromat, and a large playground (ADA accessible); while overlooking the lake and swimming beach.

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Location: Northeast end of lake, overlooking main channel and swimming beach (GPS: N37 38.412 W094 48.431)
Water, Electric campsites: 30
Electric campsites: 9
Primitive campsites: 26

Primitive sites line the shore. Utility sites are directly across the road from the primitive sites.

North and west sides of the campground overlook the lake, while the east side is bordered by a wooded area with a hiking/biking trail and a bird watching area. Campsites are shaded with trees and have campfire rings, grills, and picnic tables.

Campsites (all are paved or concrete – none are reservable)

For more details: https://www.kshuntfishcamp.com/camping/crawford-state-park/r/campgroundDetails.page?parkID=519118&media=3

Lonesome Point Campground

1 W Lake Rd
Farlington, KS 66734
(620) 362-3671
ksoutdoors.com/State-Parks/Locations/Crawford/Areas/Lonesome-Point

For campers who prefer a little seclusion but still want the convenience of electricity, a small playground, and nearby fish feeder, this campground at Crawford State Park is for you.

Location: On the far southeast eend of Farlington Lake (GPS: N37 37.727 W094 48.789)
Water, Electric campsites: 0
Electric campsites: 4
Primitive campsites: 1

Campsites (all are paved or concrete – none are reservable)

For more details: https://www.kshuntfishcamp.com/camping/crawford-state-park/r/campgroundDetails.page?parkID=519118&media=3

Lake View Cafe

1 W Lake Rd
Farlington, KS 66734
(620) 362-3671
ksoutdoors.com/State-Parks/Locations/Crawford

Cafe with patio on the scenic banks of Farlington’s Lake Crawford. Hours change based on season. Live music Friday evening’s from May through September.

The marina has been a mainstay for Crawford State park for many years. Convenience items, bait, and ice are available. The restaurant offers excellent and affordable meals, which you can eat outside on the patio, or on a courtesy dock a short walk away. The swimming beach area, restrooms and playground are also a short walk away.

Several bird feeders are at the marina with seating for those who enjoy watching the birds eat and flit about. The Tit-mouse, Oriole, Cardinal and Humming Bird are some of the frequent flyers to the bird feeders.

Canadian geese wander about the area waiting for food, sold at the marina, and they too, enjoy a swim in the lake.

Evening Breeze Point Cabins

1 W Lake Rd
Farlington, KS 66734
(620) 362-3671
ksoutdoors.com/State-Parks/Locations/Crawford/Cabins

These deluxe cabins overlook the main channel & swimming beach at Crawford State Park’s Farlington Lake. All are ADA accessible & available year round. A public use dock is available a short walk away for cabin renters convenience.

North Wind Cabin: Holds up to five adults. The first of three new modern cabins placed on this point. The fire ring, cooker/smoker, and picnic table on the patio are a stone’s throw from the waterfront.

Morning Glory Cabin: Holds up to five adults. A spectacular view off the front porch. Two large picnic tables are under a large “toadstool” beside the cabin.

The Landing Cabin: Holds up to five adults. A wonderful view of the lake off the front porch and the patio has steps that go down to the waterfront.

To reserve or for more information, visit https://ksoutdoors.com/State-Parks/Locations/Crawford/Cabins

Farlington Fish Hatchery

101 Hatchery Road
Farlington, KS 66734
(620) 362-4166
ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Hatcheries/Farlington

This hatchery is north of the Farlington Lake at Crawford State Park and has served anglers for more than 40 years. Open year round, tours are available upon request.

Tours available by appointment. April and June are the best times to find a variety of fish in the fish house. Most fish are reared in the 30 earthen ponds spread across more than 32 surface acres of water and are not readily viewable. Call (620) 362-4166

The hatchery produces channel catfish, blue catfish, largemouth bass, redear sunfish, hybrid sunfish, striped bass, striped bass hybrids, walleye, sauger, saugeye, and grass carp.

Drywood Creek Mountain Bike Trail

1 W Lake Rd
Farlington, KS 66734
(620) 362-3671
ksoutdoors.com/State-Parks/Locations/Crawford

7 mile walking and mountain biking trail loops the entire lake and can be accessed at multiple points. Permit required. Camping near trail in multiple locations. Open year round.

This trail is a formidable route for the mountain bikers who want a challenge in this part of southeast Kansas. It is 7 miles long, and with twists and turns and ups and downs it will give you a good workout. It goes around the entire lake and has been used many times to host mountain bike race events.

Deer Run Nature Trail

1 W Lake Rd
Farlington, KS 66734
(620) 362-3671
ksoutdoors.com/State-Parks/Locations/Crawford

Permit required on the trail. 0.75 mile walking trail is ADA accessible. Camping near the trail. Open year round. A hardened self-guided nature trail with interpretive signs, Many local flora and fauna can be seen along this trail, the variety depending upon the time of year.

Crawford State Fishing Lake #2

1 W Lake Rd
Farlington, KS 66734
(620) 362-3671
ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Where-to-Fish-in-Kansas/Fishing-Locations-Public-Waters/Southeast-Region/Crawford-State-Fishing-Lake

150 acre lake locally known as Crawford Lake & Farlington Lake. Includes sandy swimming beach, 2 boat ramps, & multiple docks. Ideal for boats, canoes & kayaks.

Fishing information available at https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Where-to-Fish-in-Kansas/Fishing-Locations-Public-Waters/Southeast-Region/Crawford-State-Fishing-Lake

While youth enjoy a sandy swimming beach and playgrounds, pleasure boaters, kayakers, tubers and water skiers enjoy the lake, and anglers enjoy fishing, using docks and two boat ramps to fish for channel catfish, crappie, and striped bass, supplied by a national fish hatchery located below the dam.

The ADA compliant playground at Crawford State Park’s beach area was installed in 2006. The playground consists of numerous swings, three slides, two sets of climbing stuctures, and a playhouse. Access to the beach swimming area, shelter house, bathroom facilities, cafe, and marina are within easy walking distance.

Permits Required
State Park vehicle permits are required for the Crawford State Park.

For more information, check the website or contact the Crawford State Park Office by calling (620) 362-3671. Office hours: Off Season hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Summer hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday.

Crawford State Park

1 W Lake Rd
Farlington, KS 66734
(620) 362-3671
ksoutdoors.com/State-Parks/Locations/Crawford

Crawford State Park attracts tens of thousands of visitors annually. The 500-acre park includes a 150-acre lake, and is locally known as both “Crawford Lake” and “Farlington Lake”. The area includes a lakeside cafe, cabins and campsites, numerous recreational opportunities, and a spectacular view with plenty of water to explore and fish.

Rooted in history and home to 80 residents, there are two recorded archaeological sites in the park, including the remains of a 19th century U.S. military outpost. The lake was built in the 1930’s over a four year period by 200 young men in the Civilian Conservation Corps as a recreation destination. Operated by the State of Kansas, the park is also cared for in part by a volunteer group, Friends of Crawford State Park.

Lake View Café
2 Lake Road
Farlington, Kansas
(620) 362-4131
Open seasonally on the bank of Farlington Lake in Crawford State Park.

Cabin Rental, Camping & RV’s
Ideal for family reunions, club camp outs, and other group activities, Crawford State Park offers five lakefront rental cabins with all the comforts of home, and six campgrounds, that are shaded by mature cottonwoods and oaks and redbuds in a beautiful lake setting. All are available year round by reservation.

Cabin and campsite reservations are first come, first served, and are taken at ReserveAmerica.com or by calling the park office at (620) 362-3671 during office hours.

All cabins are ADA accessible, air conditioned and heated, have bathrooms with showers, kitchens are complete with stove, refrigerator, microwave, pots and pans, dishware and utensils, and have a grill, fire ring, and a picnic table. The SHADY REST offers three full-size beds, two twin beds, and a bunk bed. The NORTH WIND, MORNING GLORY, and THE LANDING offer one bedroom with a full-size bed and a futon. The front rooms offer a twin-size Murphy bed and a sofa.

Campsites & RV
There are 28 primitive campsites, 38 electric only sites, 25 50 amp/water sites, and 20 30 amp/ water sites. All campsites have a spectacular view of the lake. For your convenience, there are three bathhouses, and a dump station for RV’s.

On The Lake
While youth enjoy a sandy swimming beach and playgrounds, pleasure boaters, kayakers, tubers and water skiers enjoy the lake, and anglers enjoy fishing, using docks and two boat ramps to fish for channel catfish, crappie, and striped bass, supplied by a national fish hatchery located below the dam.

The ADA compliant playground at Crawford State Park’s beach area was installed in 2006. The playground consists of numerous swings, three slides, two sets of climbing stuctures, and a playhouse. Access to the beach swimming area, shelter house, bathroom facilities, cafe, and marina are within easy walking distance.

Trails
Located where the Cherokee Lowlands meet the Osage Cuestas, and on the edge of the Ozark Plateau, Crawford State Park provides a variety of landscapes seen throughout Kansas all in a single state park, making the four hiking and biking trails very popular. 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.

Farlington Fish Hatchery
Farlington Fish Hatchery below the dam was built shortly after the lake was completed.

Permits Required
State Park vehicle permits are required for the Crawford State Park.

For more information, check the website or contact the Crawford State Park Office by calling (620) 362-3671. Office hours: Off Season hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Summer hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday.

Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Memorial Trail

1 W Lake Rd
Farlington, KS 66734
(620) 362-3671
ksoutdoors.com/State-Parks/Locations/Crawford

This paved 0.25 mile historic self guided interpretive trail is ADA accessible and honors the Civilian Conservation Corps who built the dam at Farlington Lake, and includes a statue of a CCC worker and historical markers.

A state park since 1927, from 1934 to 1939 the Civilian Conservation Corps were on site to build the dam for Farlington Lake. A memorial with the statue of a CCC worker was dedicated in 2005 to honor the efforts of the individuals in the CCC that built the lake.

State park permit required for access.

Cherokee Landing Campsite

1 W Lake Rd
Farlington, KS 66734
(620) 362-3671
ksoutdoors.com/State-Parks/Locations/Crawford/Areas/Cherokee-Landing

A back to nature area, Cherokee Landing is located on the southernmost end of Farlington Lake at Crawford State Park. This is a primitive site which is an old school open field campsite located in a wooded clearing. It also features a toadstool type shelter available to campers.

Location: On the far southwest end of Farlington Lake (GPS: N37 37.566 W094 49.241)
Water, Electric campsites: 0
Electric campsites: 0
Primitive campsites: 1

Campsites (all are paved or concrete – none are reservable)

For more details: https://www.kshuntfishcamp.com/camping/crawford-state-park/r/campgroundDetails.page?parkID=519118&media=3

Annual Chili Cook-Off at Crawford State Park

The Friends of Crawford State Park Annual Chili Cook-Off is a CASI sanctioned event.

Entry fees:
CASI – $20
Homestyle – $20
Both – $30
Salsa – $5
Jr. Chili Competitors – FREE

Schedule:
11 a.m. Registration
12:15 p.m. Cooks meeting
4:30 p.m. CASI turn in
4:30 p.m. Sample cups open to public for $3
6 p.m. Awards ceremony

Corn Hole Tournament – $20 per team – registration at 11:30 a.m. and bags fly at 1 p.m. – CASH and PRIZES

For more information call Kevin Smith at 620-362-3237 or email kmsmith@ckt.net