The new online reservation website for finding and reserving campsites and cabins in the state parks as well as some state fishing lakes and wildlife areas is now up and running.
Built by Active Network, Inc., the site is hosted on ReserveAmerica.com, a media property of Active Network for camping reservations. The online registration system powered by ActiveWorks cloud technology was launched on schedule just after midnight on Tuesday, April 17. KDWPT had not taken online or phone reservations since April 1 to allow programmers to move reservations made before April 1 into the new reservation system.
The new reservation system allows KDWPT to take its paper- and phone-based camping reservations process online for the first time, creating tremendous efficiencies for both park staff and consumers. The centralized system allows guests to search multiple camping and cabin sites simultaneously and make reservations from the comfort of their homes. In many cases, park users will save money through reduced service fees and will be assured a site if they have made a reservation. Additionally, the system will enable KDWPT park staff to more effectively manage their statewide parks and facilities, and benefit from centralized reporting and auditing.
"We are very pleased to launch this new reservation system to meet the ongoing needs of our guests," said Linda S. Lanterman, KDWPT assistant state parks director. "By partnering with Active Network and revamping our reservations processes we are providing a valuable service to our constituents while encouraging greater participation in outdoor activities."
To make campsite and cabin reservations, guests can visit the KDWPT website, ksoutdoors.com, where they'll be directed to the new reservation site at reservemerica.com, or they can call a KDWPT state park office or the Pratt Operations Office at 620-672-5911. For the location of the nearest Kansas state park office, go to the KDWPT website and click "State Parks/Locations." For those without computers or who still prefer using a phone, park staff will be able to use the new system to help callers with reservations.
The number of campsites available for reservation will vary by park – in most parks about half of the sites can be reserved. The rest will be available through the traditional "first-come, first-served" method. Shelter and group campground reservations will continue to be made only through the park office where the facilities are located.
"As the leading provider of campground reservations in North America, our ReserveAmerica media property aims to make it easier for our valued State customers to manage their facilities and for outdoors enthusiasts to find new ways to enjoy the nation's beautiful natural resources," said Alex Barnetson, senior vice president of Outdoors at Active Network. "The KDWPT joins more than 20 other wildlife agencies and over 30 States who rely on Active Network to automate their campground, hunting and fishing reservations."
For more information, contact the nearest KDWPT state park or phone the Pratt Operations Office, 620-672-5911, and ask for the Parks Division.