Description - **This information provided by The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks**
Located near Junction City on the shores of the state's largest lake, 16,000-acre Milford Reservoir, Milford State Park is a favorite getaway for outdoors loving visitors. Park facilities include modern campgrounds, shower buildings, toilets, swimming beaches, boat ramps, picnic shelters, a full-service marina, and a multi- purpose trails system. The park also houses a large yacht club.
Nearby Milford Nature Center and Milford Fish Hatchery offer a variety of interpretive exhibits and displays.
The park comprises five campgrounds with 120 electric/ water utility sites. Thirty of these sites also include sewer hookups. More than 100 improved primitive campsites are also available throughout the park.
The state park is a popular destination for anglers eager to experience the excellent fishing available in Milford Reservoir. Walleye concentrate along the face of the dam in early April to spawn, then move to the flats at Farnum Creek and mud points near School Creek. Nearly all of the brushy and rocky coves contain crappie and largemouth bass, but coves in the Rolling Hills and Curtis Creek areas are traditional hot spots for crappie. White bass and catfish are plentiful in a variety of locations, and smallmouth bass frequent the face of the dam, as well as rocky points in the lower half of the lake.
Many game species are present on the 18,800-acre Milford Wildlife Area, and a permanent 1,100-acre wildlife refuge has been established on the northern end of the reservoir for waterfowl management.
Cabin rentals are available.
Fishing at Milford Reservoir.
Recreation - Hiking
Pipeline Trail - The beginning of a segmented trail system that links all of our campgrounds together and acts as a shortcut between areas.
Waterfall Trail - A .6 mile walk that leads you through woodland and prairie habitats. A man made waterfall and pond is located at the trailhead.
Crystal Trail - This trail is 2.2 miles. It passes by an old quarry where small geode rocks can be found. Deer viewing is good along open fields and by food plots. Bald Eagle watching is excellent from November through March along the water's edge.
Wildlife Viewing Tower and Trail - The tower is accessed from a wrap-around staircase, which rises 21' to the top platform. Excellent wildlife viewing is made available with nearby food plots. The best time to visit is near dusk and dawn when most animals are active. Stargazing is excellent on clear nights. Bring your binoculars!
Old River Bluff Trail - 1.5 miles.
This trail joins Milford State Parks's Eagle Ridge Tratance will actually double. A trailer parking area is available bil with Junction City's Riverwalk Trail. The trail allows for a one way trail ride, trail walk or bike ride of 17.5 miles. Since it is a linear trail, it requires that ou come back the way you came so the diselow the dam. Look for a horse trail campground in the near future that will make all three of these trails even nicer.
Campgrounds at Milford State Park
Our campgrounds are open year round. We leave the water on as long as possible, but usually have to shut it off the first part of November. We turn on the water on as soon as the weather permits, usually in March. Sump stations close down as soon as the water is shut off. We do have a frost- free hydrant available near the main office. Each campground has a camphost available in season to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Most camphosts offer firewood for a small fee. Proceeds of the firewood go to the Milford Friends Group. Most camp sites have fire rings and picnic tables. If you are planning for a big group, simply request additional picnic tables and we will be happy to assist you. We have a group shelter available for reservation. Several Boy Scout groups and church organizations have utilized this area for their camping trips. Available upon request are porta- potties, horseshoes, volleyball, additional picnic tables and trash bins. Electric and water hook-ups are also available.
Hickory Hollow is a full service campground. It has electric, water and sewer hook-ups. There are 31 sites available. This campground is nestled in an area surrounded by trees. A dump station is available near the campground.
Looking for that water view? Cedar Point has electric and water facilities along with lakeside sites. Forty-two sites are available at this campground, along with a new shower building and a dump station. Cedr Point campground also has 9 primitive sites available.
Prairie View is a beautiful campground with 20 electric and water sites available. All of these sites come with a lakeside view. Portable restooms are available.
This is Milford State Park's largest campground. It has 30 sites with electric and water hook-ups and 60 sites for primitive camping. Whether it be a lake view or being surrounded by trees, with 60 sites available you will have your choice of primitive camping. Woodland Hills also has a newly renovated shower house.
Do you have a jet ski? Do you want to camp? Walnut Grove is the campground for you. Walnut Grove has 30 primitive camping sites along with a personal watercraft launching area. Walnut Grove is also the home of the Southwind Yacht Club. There is a basketball court and a newly renovated shower house available at this campground.
Climate - Kansas has an annual mean temperature almost as high as that of Virginia, more sunshine than that of any state to the east, and generous summer rains.
The State lies across the path of alternate masses of warm moist air moving north from the Gulf of Mexico and currents of cold, comparatively dry, air moving from the polar regions. Consequently, its weather is subject to frequent and often sharp changes, usually of short duration.
Summers are inclined to be warm--often the word "hot" describes them best--but are healthful, with low relative humidity during periods of high temperatures, and usually a good wind movement. Heat prostrations are almost unknown. Summer nights are usually cool, especially in the western counties.
Winters are drier, with more sunshine than those of eastern states. The average snowfall is less than that of other states, except those located farther south. Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, and the New England States normally have from two to three times as much snowfall as Kansas.
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