Eisenhower State
Park, Kansas

Eisenhower State Park is a state park of Kansas. Located in the 30 miles northeast of Emporia or 35 miles south of Topeka in Osage County. The park is just west of Highway 75, on state route 278, about 7 miles Southwest of Lyndon.


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

The 10,008-acre 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 through out the park except on the 1,000-acre waterfowl refuge, which is open to wildlife viewing from January 15 to October 1.

More information from the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks

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