The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism will be unable to take cabin, campsite, or other reservations until April 17. The temporary shutdown will allow the agency to transition to a new reservation site hosted by Reserve America, a nationwide campground reservation system. During this time, no reservations will be taken either online or by phone. Reservations made before April 1 will be moved into the new reservation system, so there will be no need to renew existing reservations.
To make reservations on or after April 17, campsite and cabin 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.
Once the new system is up and running April 17, reservations can be made quickly and easily from the comfort of home. In many cases, park users will save money through reduced service fees and will be assured a site if they have made a reservation. The new system will also enable staff to more effectively manage the facilities.
For more information, contact the nearest KDWPT state park or phone the Pratt Operations Office, 620-672-5911, and ask for the Parks Division.