Elk City State Park

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Elk City State Park
Kansas state park
Elk city bridge.JPG
A trail bridge in Elk City State Park
Country United States
State Kansas
County Montgomery
Location Independence
 - elevation 833 ft (254 m) [1]
 - coordinates 37°15′20″N 95°46′16″W / 37.25556°N 95.77111°W / 37.25556; -95.77111Coordinates: 37°15′20″N 95°46′16″W / 37.25556°N 95.77111°W / 37.25556; -95.77111
Area 857 acres (347 ha)
Founded 1967
Management Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism
Location of Elk City State Park in Kansas

Elk City State Park is a state park in Montgomery County, Kansas, United States, located west of Independence.

The 857-acre (347 ha) park is adjacent to the 4,500-acre (1,800 ha) Elk City Reservoir and the 12,000-acre (49 km2) Elk City Wildlife Area. The reservoir offers fishing opportunities for channel catfish, white bass, crappie, flathead catfish, largemouth bass and saugeye. The Wildlife Area offers a chance to view white-tailed deer, wild turkey, bobwhite quail, cottontail, gray squirrel, prairie chicken, beaver, raccoon, bobcat, coyote, gray fox, opossum, mink and muskrat.

A nationally recognized trails system allows visitors to take in a variety of flora and fauna. The Green Thumb Nature Trail at the Timber Road campground is a one-mile loop with a panoramic vista of the lake. The nearby Table Mound Hiking Trail runs 2.75 miles (4.43 km) north along the east side of the lake to the scenic overlook at the dam. At the overlook is the 2/3-mile Post Oak Nature Trail. There is also a paved and handicapped accessible 3.3-mile (5.3 km) South Squaw Multipurpose trail. Running outside of the park is the Elk River Hiking Trail, a scenic 15-mile (24 km) route that begins at the west edge of the dam and ends near the U.S. Route 160 bridge on the Elk River.

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