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Wilson Project Office 
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 
4860 Outlet Blvd. 
Sylvan Grove, KS 67481 

Phone:  785-658-2551 
Fax: 785-658-2554 

Email: wilson.lake@usace.army.mil

Wilson Lake News Releases

Don’t end this summer as a number
9/2/2020
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – As we close out the warm summer months this Labor Day weekend the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District encourages you to not end this summer as a statistic and to...
Corps announces temporary closure at Tuttle Creek Cove Park
8/14/2020
MANHATTAN, Kan. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District, has awarded a contract at Tuttle Creek Lake to K & K Industries, Inc., Junction City, Kan. for repair of the Tuttle Creek Cove...

Welcome To Wilson Lake

As the nation's largest federal provider of water-based recreation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District stresses water safety and urges extra caution while in or around water during the upcoming Independence Day holiday.
As we implement a phased reopening of campsites and recreation areas closed due to COVID-19, a complete list of recreation area status updates can be found online at: www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/District-Lakes/Recreation-Area-Status.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers planned, designed, constructed and today manages Wilson Lake, located in central Kansas.
Wilson Lake is a multipurpose project situated on the Saline River that serves primarily for flood and silt control, recreation and fish and wildlife management.
The objective of natural resource management at Wilson Lake is to fully consider the recreation and resource potential that may be afforded on project property and to capitalize on that potential for the benefit and enjoyment of the public and wildlife on a sustained basis.
We are taking precautions and have closed our Visitor Center effective March 13, 2020. We will continue to monitor the situation and will provide timely updates regarding other potential facility closures at our lakes on our websites and/or social sites.

Need to Know

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Visitor Center    

7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday through Friday

Regular Season Camping Fees:

Regular season camping is from May 15 to September 15 in Minooka, Lucas, and Sylvan Campgrounds. 

Basic campsite (no electricty or water) - $18.00

Electric campsite - $22.00

Electric and water campsite - $24.00

Boat Launch Fees (Spillway Boat Ramp, Lucas Boat Ramp, and all 3 Minooka Ramps):

Day Use Fees run from 1 May to 30 September at all applicable ramps.

Day Use - $5.00

Offseason Camping Fees:

Offseason camping is September 16 to May 14 in Minooka, Lucas, and Sylvan Campgrounds. 

Overnight camping on primitive site - Free

Overnight camping on utility site (water and/or electric) - $20.00

Annual Pass Fees:

America the Beautiful Annual Pass - $80.00 (valid at Federal recreation sites nationwide)

US Army Corps of Engineers Annual Pass - $40.00 (valid at all Corps of Engineers day-use areas including swim beaches and boat ramps)

America the Beautiful Passport: Issued @ OFFICE Only.  Provides Free boat launch and half price fees at federal rec areas.

Annual Senior Pass - $20 (valid to those 62 years and older)

Lifetime Senior Pass - $80 (valid to those 62 years and older)

Access Pass - FREE (valid to those providing correct disability identification).

Spillway Ramp:  All lanes are open.  Courtesy dock is available. Corps Day Use Fee will be charged at this ramp May 1- SEPT 30.  $5/day at self pay station or purchase a $40 Annual Pass at Corps Office.

Lucas Park Ramp: All lanes are open.  Courtesy dock is currently available.  Corps Day Use Fee will be charged at these ramps May 1- SEPT 30.  $5/day at self pay station or purchase a $40 Annual Pass at Corps Office. 

Otoe State Park Ramp (KDWPT):  All lanes are open.  Courtesy dock is available.  KDWPT day use fee is required.

Hell Creek State Park Ramp (KDWPT):  All lanes are open.  Courtesy dock is available.  KDWPT day use fee is required.

Minooka Ramps (East /Middle/West):  All ramps are open.  Courtesy dock is available at all ramps.  Corps Day Use Fee will be charged at these ramps May 1- SEPT 30.  $5/day at self pay station or purchase a $40 Annual Pass at Corps Office. 

Elm Creek / Cedar Creek Ramps (KDWPT):  All ramps are open.

Sylvan Park

There is a $20 utility fee charge during the non-recreational season (September 16th to May 14th) at sites that provide electrical hookups. Standard sites without utility hookups are free. The shower building will remain open year round and has heated concrete floors.

Minooka Park

There is a $20 utility fee charge during the non-recreational season (September 16th to May 14th) at sites that provide electrical hookups. Standard sites without utility hookups are free. Shower building is closed until May 15th and the vault toilets will remain open.

Lucas Park

There is a $20 utility fee charge during the non-recreational season (September 16th to May 14th) at sites that provide electrical hookups.  Standard sites without utility hookups are free. Shower building is closed until May 15th and the vault toilets will remain open.

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