Melvern Lake

Eisenhower State Park
Melvern Lake
Osage County

Approximately 25 miles of trails on north side of lake. Trail system includes blue blazed trail with about 11 miles following lakeshore or park boundary through some wooded areas and across a few wet weather creeks. Orange trail crosses three creek areas and circles center of park over some hills for about a 6-mile round trip. Yellow connector trails at north end and through woods. Orange trail is mowed and easy to follow. Blue and yellow trails are mowed where accessible and are well marked. Crooked Knee trails contain scenic views, lake accessibility, several wooded trails, and some rocky areas but are fairly easy.

West Point Equestrian Camp includes 15 camping pads with water and electric hookups. Each campsite includes a designated pipe corral. Additional corrals are available for overflow or for those renting nearby cabins or yurts and may be reserved through the office. Water hydrants and washbay in corral area. Shower/restroom just west of equestrian camp area.

Primitive camping/day parking at Cowboy Camp includes horse ties, campfire rings, picnic tables, two water hydrants, two pipe corrals, and lake access. Paved parking lot at Crooked Knee Trailhead also for day use parking.

Eisenhower State Park is approximately 35 miles south of Topeka. The junction of Hwy 75/I-35 is less than 15 miles south.

Park Office:

Jim Thomas:

Lead contact person:
Cheryl Thomas
BCHA-Ks Secretary and Sunflower BCHA-Ks Secretary