Ellis Lakeside Campground

Ellis, Kansas
Public Park
17 reviews


Daily: $20 Reported 3 months ago
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  • Water
  • Electric
  • Wi-Fi Internet
  • Pets Allowed
  • Tents Allowed
  • Pull-Thru Sites
  • Shade Trees
  • Big Rig Access


Stayed: 10/23/17 to 10/24/17

“Just Lovely”

Only one there the first night, another RV came in the second night.  What a great find.  Just off a cobblestoned downtown area - apparently there are several museums including a train museum.  Find brochures at the shower house.  I'm pretty sure I saw a pizza place.  I just needed to get off the road because of the winds and appreciated the strong wifi (cut out occasionally but came right back - literally strong as dsl I thought) and the view of the water.  I will definitely make plans to stay there again when I come back through.  

One caveat, as a woman traveling alone it felt a little concerning to take a shower only because at the end of the road is a recycling plant and city workers and there was fairly steady traffic even when I was thinking that it was after business hours.  However police do patrol and I was never bothered.  Women get this though - always have to keep your guard up.  Shower house was old but clean, electric sockets for blow dryer, and water was "hot enough".

Super windy when I was there but fortunately the wind was coming north to south I think, same direction as the lots go, so wasn't being hit broadside.

As others have mentioned - old fashioned playground, lots of shade trees, beautiful water view with a dock and boat ramp, the electric was steady and right at 120v (I used 30 amp) and there is a dump station with water.

The catholic church across the river is picturesque (albeit a little ruined by the billboard protesting abortion facing the park - guess they think a lot of heathen activities are happening across the river - LOL).  One edge is bordered by a neighborhood (quiet).

Self serve kiosk - I didn't pay til the following morning only because I was low on checks and wasn't sure if I'd be staying one or two nights but no one questioned me.  

Finally, the lots before the shower house are lighted at night, the ones after are not.  So pick your preference!


“Beautiful Park”

Stayed for 5 nights because of homecoming weekend in Hays. Love the park. Quiet, peaceful this time of year. Pull-thru with 50amp and water. Park has dump (no problem). Rest rooms very clean and Wi-Fi is strong. We will come back again.

Nice quiet out off the highway campground. Great for overnight stay. Electricity and water. Right on river. Huge shade trees

“Great find”

Big rig friendly, nice lake and dock, has some swings for kids and large sites. Electric box and water a bit far but doable without extension. Didn't use bathhouse. Nothing in town but a liquor store, grocery and train museum. Hays is only 12 miles away. 
Town did a nice job with this park.
Stayed: 06/24/17 to 06/25/17

“What a gem!”

I'll echo everything the previous poster said. I was especially pleased with the very fast FREE wi-fi. Huge grassy sites with picnic table on a concrete pad.  Very well run.  Self-check-in and pay. Free dump station, would have gotten five stars with sewer connection.
Stayed: 06/08/17 to 06/09/17

“Awesome little spot for an overnight!!”

We stayed here 1 night while traveling across Kansas on I-70.  This little gem worked perfectly for a stopover following a long day of driving!!  Nice flat packed gravel pull-thru sites, lots of freshly mowed grass, and huge cottonwoods lining the lake (dammed up river).  We pulled in about 5pm, and had our choice of sites, but park pretty much filled up by dark (9pm). We had 30a service and water hookups, and great WiFi for the $20 self-pay fee. A few people fishing in the lake & walking dogs in the evening, but super nice and quiet!  We didn't use the restroom/shower facilities, but we would HIGHLY recommend this park!!  Great access for large rigs, and nice grassy sites for tent-campers, and anything in between!  We walked into town, and although the town is well past it's "hey day", it is an adorable & well maintained slice of small-town America!! Wish more towns would extend the welcome mat like the City of Ellis has!!  Thank you so much for your warm welcome!!  


Nice little town.  Chamber of commerce stopped by and gave us a welcoming package. Grocery and liquor store right downtown.  Pull throughs. Clean bathroom.  Clean shower. Hot water.  Dump station.  Would stay again anytime. 

“Great little park... nice town”

Stayed one night ... 30 amp Elec. And water. Only 17 sites.. first come first served. $20 per night, pay at fee box. Great view of water... wi fi good at some sites.. some sites get satellite , some blocked by trees... will definitely come back
Stayed: 04/25/17 to 04/26/17

“Awesome Little Park.....”

Great little first come first serve campground with 17 pull thru sites with water and 30amp elec right on a lake. We just stayed for one night but  could definitely stay longer and explore the cute little town. You just pay $20 at the front self serve sign. Some sites have great wi-fi and a few get satellite thru the trees.

“Perfect for pets”

Quiet place maintained by city at waters edge. The most trees we had seen in Kansas. Walkable town near Chrysler founders home, Railroad museum and park and brick streets. Nice half mile walk to IGA. We're here in January and would stop again. Geese walking on icy lake.

“Ellis lakeside (city) Campground”

Great lakeside campground offered by the City of Ellis Ks. No reservations; 1st come. Full hookups & a dump station,  bathrms & showers available in a  cinderblock bldg- waaay better than outhouses!! RVs $20a nite, tents$15. Very well maintained, quiet, has wheelchr access to new dock w/fishing allowed under 50+yr old trees.free wi fi, Family can ride mini train circling the park from train museum.

“Great place to stay!”

Did a quick overnighter there. Right on the river. Clean. Long pull through spots. Sump station near the restrooms. 

“Overnight Stay”

Enjoyed our stay at Ellis Lakeside Campground VERY much. The park is very well maintained and the office personnel is friendly. Ellis is just off I-70, which is most convenient in the middle of the night. We will definitely add this campground to our favorites list. 
Stayed: 08/27/15 to 08/28/15

“Overnight Stay”

We stayed here as a stopping off point on our way across Kansas.  It was a great place to stay for the night.  It has water, but only 30 amp electric.  There is a dump station.  At $20 for the night it was the perfect place to spend the night.  There is also a Love's truck stop at the exit off of I-70 if you need that service.  We stayed in a 5th Wheel.

Wonderful quiet campground. Bathhouses were acceptable. Not new but clean and water was hot. $20 per night. Strong WiFi. Police make regular patrols. Lake was just stock with fish a lot of locals came to fish. 

We tried to stay here with our teardrop trailer, but quickly abandoned the idea due to the apparent lack of toilets. I suppose the single stall with an out of order sign may have been a toilet, but that doesn't exactly do us any good. There were several showers, but they didn't look that great. We stayed at the nearby Days Inn instead.
Stayed: 05/04/14 to 05/05/14


Quiet place for overnight stay $15.00. There is no water in the lake but has shade. No sewer. Has 30amp service. Storm shelter near by is a plus this time of year.

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