Friday, August 4, 2017

Prairie Dog State Park, Norton Kansas, June 2017

                                    Prairie Dog State Park

Name; Prairie Dog State Park, Norton KS

Date; June 2017

Staff; Very friendly rangers and office personal

Price; Around $35, $2.extra for a premium site, only site available

Site; We had 50 amp electric and water. Paved, picnic table, water view, and grass between sites. There was a nice dump site. Very long.

Big rig friendly; Yes, nice roads. We had a pull thru, but even the back ins had plenty of room

Amenities; Lake access seem to be the big draw here. There are several picnic shelters, a big playground. Didn't have much time to explore this park.

Laundry; Yes, but that's all I know

Dog Friendly; Yes. Acres and acres to walk a dog

Phone/TV/Wi-Fi; No over the air TV. Verizon was good

Night; Very dark, no lighting in the RV PK, but some around the rest rooms which were a little distance from the RV parking

Security; Rangers patrol, and I believe there is a gate that locks at night

Bonus; A super night sky for star gazing, lake access, deer and turkeys roam the park. There are many yellow birds in the park. We were told there were Baltimore Orioles . Back home there are orange! They are overrun with rabbits. I was told they did in the passed have a program to bring the rabbit population under control, but with not much success.

Opinion; One of the nicest state parks we ever stayed at. We would definitely stay here again

Comments; One of the nicest state parks we stayed at. I believe there is a discount for KS residence. We just stumbled upon this park looking for some place for the night after a very long day traveling. We hate these long days of travel, but we spent to much time mossing along, and wanted to get moving to the west coast. Todays travel took us thru many small towns. Many closed up business in these towns, but some still holding on. We traveled about 250 miles today. We only intended to spend the night but since we enjoyed the park decided to stay several more nights. It only amounted to two more nights because of reservations for the upcoming weekend. We passed through a number of cute small towns along the way. One of them was Chetopa KS. There was a sign stating it was the catfish and pecan capital of the state. About the only thing we found out about the town was  Chetopa was a Indian chief of he Osage Indians.  We didn't do a lot of research, just took there word for it. Only road side signs we saw were for pecans, no fresh catfish. This is also the first time we needed jeans in the evening and early mornings. Not use to long pants.

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