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Crawford State Park
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Crawford State Park © Lawrence A. Burry, Jr.
Cabins on Evening Breeze Point at Crawford State Park near Farlington, Kansas. Photo shows dull overcast autumn day with warm golden tones exhibited by fallen leaves.
Crawford State Park Biking on the trail © Richard C. Davis
Biking together is a pleasant way to take in the trails.
Crawford State Park Sparkling fall colors © Richard C. Davis
Vivid fall colors are enhanced by the sparkle of the sun reflected off of the lake.
Crawford State Park richard davis Observe nature © Richard C. Davis
Keep a sharp eye out for unexpected beauty as you explore the nature trails
Crawford State Park Golden Sunrise in Autumn © Lawrence A. Burry, Jr.
The long rays of a golden sunrise as they create shadows on a cold autumn day. Photo from Evening Breeze Point at Crawford State Park near Farlington, Kansas.
Crawford State Park Cabin at the Lake © Lawrence A. Burry, Jr.
Roaring fire casts soft and low light on cabin nearby. Photo taken on Evening Breeze Point at Crawford State Park near Farlington, Kansas.
Crawford State Park Leisurely hike © Richard C. Davis
The fall of the year is a good time to enjoy the hiking trails.
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1 Lake Rd.
Farlington, Kansas    66734

Phone: 620-362-3671
Rich in history and spectacular scenery, Crawford State Park has a flavor all its own. This southeast Kansas treasure, located 9 miles north of Girard in Crawford County, resides on a 150-acre lake built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930's. There are two recorded archaeological sites within the park's boundaries, including remnants of a 19th-century U. S. military outpost. An interpretive trail connects the park with the Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks' Farlington Fish Hatchery, which was built shortly after the CCC completed construction of the lake.

The 500-acre park features seven campgrounds with 74 water/electric utility campsites and 425 primitive campsites, two boat ramps, two bathhouses, and a swimming beach. Sand volleyball courts, horse shoe pits, and a playground offer more recreational opportunities. Food, fuel and convenience items are available at the full-service marina and restaurant located within the park.

Anglers enjoy excellent fishing for channel catfish, crappie, and striped bass. Pleasure boating and scuba diving are among favorite recreational pursuits.

Located on the edge of the Ozarks, Crawford State Park illustrates the variety of landscapes available in Kansas state parks. Redbud trees offer spectacular beauty in spring, and the lush foliage of the surrounding forest is a naturalist's delight.
History of the Area
Gardner Cave is the third longest limestone cavern in Washington. Its early history is unknown. Contemporary accounts indicate the cave was discovered in the summer of 1903 by Mr. Ed Gardner, who homesteaded a quarter section near the cave.

Pleasure boating and scuba diving is allowed. Food, fuel and convenience items are provided at the full service marina and restaurant located within the park. Many special events are held throughout the year.
Surface Acres: 150 acres

Maximum Depth: 48 feet

Impoundment Type: State Fishing Lake

Fishable Populations: Bluegill, Bullhead, Channel Catfish, Crappie, Flathead Catfish, Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass,, Redear Sunfish, Spotted Bass, Walleye

Special Fishing Regulations: 15" Length Limit and 5 Creel Limit on Channel Catfish; 18" Length Limit on Walleye; 13"-18" Length Limit for Largemouth Bass

Crawford State Park offers numerous picnic areas with tables and grills. Some sites have shelters, electricity, and water access.
Biking enthusiasts can explore several trails, suitable for varying skill levels. Be mindful of the terrain and weather conditions.

The park's paved roads offer a safer option for less experienced cyclists or families with children. Always wear helmets and follow traffic rules.

Mountain biking is available on designated paths but requires more expertise due to rougher terrains. Exercise caution when navigating these routes.

Remember that some areas are restricted to bikers in order to protect local wildlife habitats; respect all posted signs regarding this matter.

Nighttime cycling isn't recommended as it poses additional risks such as reduced visibility and nocturnal animals crossing your path.

Always stay hydrated during rides especially under hot sun, carry water bottles along with you always while riding.

Venture into the heart of Kansas and discover a world filled with hidden treasures! Unleash your inner explorer through geocaching, an exciting outdoor activity that combines hiking and treasure hunting.

In this parkland oasis, you'll find numerous caches stashed away by fellow adventurers. Each cache is unique - some may contain small trinkets or logbooks for you to sign while others might hold fascinating stories about local history.

The terrain varies from easy paths perfect for beginners to challenging trails designed specifically for experienced explorers. You can choose between traditional caching routes or multi-cache adventures which require solving clues along the way!

Remember: always replace any found items back in their original location so future seekers can enjoy them too! Happy hunting!
The park is home to various bird species, making it a popular spot for bird watching. It features the Farlington Fish Hatchery which attracts waterfowl and other birds. The area's diverse habitats support both resident and migratory species throughout the year.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
April 7 by Rinda
park review stars; one to five Why would a family oriented park not allow pets? We will spend our money elsewhere and be happy ro so so. Our small dog has traveled the country with us and hotel chains accept pets now. Times change.
August 18
park review stars; one to five Park and lake are great, but it is very concerning that rangers did not enforce burn ban and allowed a few people to put other campers at risk!
May 2 Wonderful experience all the way around! by SEK Proud
park review stars; one to five Very relaxing environment, friendly folks, clean cabins, easy access to entire park, the playground for the children is top notch. We visited for the first time last summer. Loved it so much were are planning and entire family gathering there in a few weeks!
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Crawford State Park1 Lake Rd.,Farlington, KS 66734(620) 362-3671 (Area Office)(785) 271-7329 (Regional Office)

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