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Eisenhower State Park, Osage City

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State Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Eisenhower State Park is a state park in Osage County, Kansas, United States, located 30 miles (48 km) northeast of Emporia and 35 miles (56 km) south of Topeka.

The park was formerly known as Melvern State Park, due to its location on the north shore of the 6,900-acre (28 km2) Melvern Lake, was renamed in 1990 to honor former president Dwight D. Eisenhower. The park includes 1,345 acres (5.44 km2) of prairie, 440 acres (1.8 km2) of woodland, and various areas for recreational activities.

The 10,008-acre (40.50 km2) Melvern Wildlife Area adjacent to the park is home to a variety of wildlife, including white-tailed deer, eastern wild turkey, bobwhite quail, squirrels, various furbearers, and waterfowl making it a great place to observe or partake in hunting (by permission only). Hunting is allowed throughout the park except on the 1,000-acre (4.0 km2) waterfowl refuge, which is open to wildlife viewing from January 15 to October 1.

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  • Melvern Lake near Lyndon, KS is a hidden gem for fall bass. Most go there for crappie and catfish, but the population of small mouth was evident on 8 September 2019.  more »
  • Wow- they have quite the volunteer force at this campground and it shows. Perennials planted by the signage. A recent "retired" retired volunteer had planted hundreds of native oak trees a few...  more »
  • The biggest expense was the five dollar day pass, but the park is always beautiful. This year the lake was way up, which was a different experience. Our usual swimming spot was closed down, for safety reasons. But we got to see the spillway open at full blast. The park rangers were friendly and helpful.
  • Great weather and a nice park. Some of the weekend neighbors can be a bit loud late into the evening but this time of year I expect some of that. We had site 205. While a bit windy at times with southerly wind off the water we had a great time and enjoyed our stay. Showers are good bit get in there before the lights come on or face a wall of bugs. Sites off the water are significantly less windy and more shady though ours had lots of shade as well. The sunsets are pretty good from the showerhouse but also great from the campsite.
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