Kansas to open state parks ahead of Memorial Day weekend

 Monday, May 18, 2020 

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The U.S. State of Kansas has decided to reopen its state parks, lakes, and wildlife areas. The decision arrives ahead of the Memorial Day holiday, one of the traditionally busiest weekends in the whole of the U.S.


Previously, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism (KDWPT) announced that it has already developed a plan to keep28 state parks, 63 state fishing lakes, and more than 100 wildlife areas in Kansas open to the public amid the coronavirus crisis. At present, Kansas state parks are offering 10,000 campsites and keeping hundreds of miles of trails open to hiking, biking, and horseback riding.


However, not every park across the state is open and the openings are also subjected to several restrictions. All visitors have been advised to follow social distancing rules and observe park regulations. All designated swimming beaches at Kansas state parks are also temporarily closed. Visitors can still access the water in other areas as long as safety measures are followed.


Parks are offering convenient access to boating and fishing. Some parks also have shooting ranges. Kansas is also home to various small, family-friendly fishing lakes that are scattered across the state. It provides more than 5,000 total surface acres of fishing opportunities close to home. All public land regulations and license requirements also continue to remain in effect.


Most KDWPT offices are also starting to open starting Monday, May 18. The organisation is also allowing residents to purchase the required licenses, permits, and reservations to access certain destinations without the risk of being exposed to coronavirus infections.

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