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Conveniently located south of the Kansas City Metro Area, one of Kansas’ newest reservoirs awaits visitors to its more than 12,000 acres of park and wildlife area. Completed in 1982, more than 70 percent of the standing timber was left in the reservoir basin to provide fish habitat. Walleye, catfish, largemouth bass, crappie, and bluegill are abundant. Approximately 4,500 acres of water and 51 miles of shoreline are open to fishing. Roughly 7,000 acres are open to hunting at Hillsdale within the wildlife area and state park.
Common wildlife includes whitetail deer, bobwhite quail, squirrel, rabbit, beaver, muskrat, and a variety of waterfowl. Birdwatchers will see bald eagles, shorebirds, finches, warblers, sparrows, and hawks.
Hillsdale State Park offers 48 miles of trail throughout the park. The Saddle Ridge equestrian area on the east side of the reservoir has approximately 32 miles of marked trails available to horseback riders. There is also a water trail located in the Sunflower day use area, this trail is approximately 8 miles round trip and will take visitors through the scenic lakeshore of the State Park.
Park office is open year round Monday-Friday 8am-4pm
Day use areas: The park offers 10 day use shelters for picnics and other activities. An archery range is available year round. The park offers 5 concrete boat ramps for boating access. Our beach with shower house is open during the summer season. The R/C flying field offers an area for visitors to fly remote controlled aircraft.
Camping: Hillsdale State Park has a total of 255 campsites available, consisting of 74 primitive sites and 181 electric hookups with water.
The Hillsdale Range and Training Facility is located just below the dam and includes a 100 and 200 yard rifle range, a 50 yard pistol range, and a trap and skeet range. Cost to shoot is $10 per shooter. more info can be found at hillsdalerange.org