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Cedar Bluff State Park

RR2, Box 76A
Ellis, KS 67637
785-726-3212 (Area Office)

WELCOME to Cedar Bluff State Park

Cedar Bluff State Park - BEST Places to PicnicCedar Bluff State Park is a state park in Trego County, Kansas. It is located 21 miles southeast of WaKeeney and 23 miles southwest of Ellis.

The park is divided into two areas, comprising 1,100 acres, straddle the beautiful 6,800-acre Cedar Bluff Reservoir: Bluffton on the North Shore is the most developed and receives extensive use. Page Creek on the South Shore offers beautiful primitive camping as well as a generous helping of utility sites. 

Just west of the Page Creek Area, the visitor can find the juniper-lined, 100-foot tall limestone bluffs, from which the reservoir's name was derived (junipers were often misidentified as "cedars" by early settlers).

Threshing Machine Canyon, the site of a 1850s Native American attack on a wagon train bearing a threshing machine, is accessed by a road west of the park. In the historic canyon one can find carvings dating back to the mid-1800s.


Construction of Cedar Bluff Reservoir began in April of 1949 with the intention of providing flood control, irrigation and recreation. The reservoir was completed in 1951 and filled that same year. 

This Bureau of Reclamation owned reservoir, which is managed by the Department of Wildlife and Parks, quickly became a popular recreational destination. The reservoir and surrounding public lands provided many opportunities that had previously been non-existent to this region. 

In 1962, Cedar Bluff State Park was developed to accommodate the public by providing outdoor recreational facilities and activities. Cedar Bluff State Park continues to thrive today. Annual visitation is consistently over the 250,000 mark.


Cedar Bluff State Park is divided into two, unique areas along the shorelines of Cedar Bluff Reservoir. The Bluffton Area, on the north shore, provides nearly 350 acres for visitors.

It is the most developed area and provides a variety of facilities to meet the outdoor enthusiasts needs. They include: two boat-ramp facilities, 96 utility campsites, two community shelters, a reservable group utility campground, two large shower-houses and dump-stations; five modern rental cabins and numerous undesignated primitive campsites and picnic areas. 

While visiting enjoy some of the opportunities including sand volleyball, horseshoes, shore side basketball, bicycling on our BMX track or swimming on our beach. Fishing can be fantastic in the Bluffton area also. 

Nearly all of the shoreline is accessible and there's a covered, handicap accessible fishing dock as well.

The Page Creek Area, on the south shore of the reservoir, is nearly 500 acres in size. It is not quite as developed but provides some of the finest primitive camping in the state with its large shade trees and sandy shorelines. 

The Page Creek Area contains 36 utility campsites, a community shelter, two dump-stations, two boat-ramp facilities, two shower-houses and two vault toilets; one designated primitive campground and numerous undesignated campsites.

 This area is a favorite for boaters, jet skiers and for those who seek a little more solitude when relaxing outdoors.

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