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Lake Shawnee Campgrounds

Topeka, Kansas


3435 SE East Edge Rd.
Topeka, Kansas 66605
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 141
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 39.00339
Longitude: -95.62328

Elevation: 998' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach yes
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating yes
  • Golf Golf yes
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts yes
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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29 Reviews

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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

Campgrounds are set among the sprawling and well-manicured Shawnee County Park, the most prominent feature of which is Lake Shawnee. This park is home to many community activities and the campgrounds are very popular with local Topekans-especially on holidays and long weekends. Campgrounds are gated at night and campsites line the edge of the water providing satisfying views and occasional stunning sunsets. During our stay, fellow campers were generally quiet and well-behaved, however, there was some late night music and other crowd noise. Weekdays were quiet and peaceful. There are no sewer connections. Restrooms are among the cleanest we have ever experienced and they stayed that way throughout our time here. The Laundry room was small but clean. Campsites are very close to one another and are all back-in sites. Roads around the park are paved, but campsites are all gravel. Site #57 is close to the restroom facilities but very unlevel (our automatic leveler system over-stroked upon set up). We stayed for 8 days. We camped at Lake Shawnee Campgrounds in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
57
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Not big enough for my 5th wheel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Campgrounds are integrated into the community of east Topeka, giving access to full shopping and services anyone might need.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

We enjoyed this park the last time we were here so we came back and stayed 2 nights. Lots of hiking trails and kayaking on the lake was especially nice. If you need to shop, there are lots of options very close. We camped at Lake Shawnee Campgrounds in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 126
States Visited: 42
Helpful Reviews: 21

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed right after Memorial Day weekend. The grass needed to be cut in spots. There seemed to be RVs that are here on a long term basis that may only be used on the weekends. Some of those have stuff sitting around outside on the ground. My site was very level. The staff was very helpful. Lots of biking and hiking trails, bike rental, golf course and water activities nearby. Laundry near my site with 2 washers and 2 driers. We camped at Lake Shawnee Campgrounds in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
42
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The Evel Knievel Thrill Show Museum at Historic Harley Davidson near downtown was amazing. The capital building is very ornate and worth seeing. Traffic was light all over the city.

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Review Count: 61
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 22

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

This is a sel-pay park with over 100 sites many of which have lake views and 50 amp. We did have a tough time finding a site large enough for our 40 foot fifth wheel but eventually managed to squeeze into 17 although we were facing the wrong way. Views of the lake were amazing and they had hiking trails and beaches. Really enjoyed our overnight here and would highly recommend it. Oh and the dumpstation was one of the cleanest we have ever seen. We camped at Lake Shawnee Campgrounds in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
17
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 39
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

The staff that registered us was outstanding in welcoming us and making it easy. That set the tone for a great stay! We loved the wonderful walking path!! We camped at Lake Shawnee Campgrounds in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
102
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 192
States Visited: 43
Helpful Reviews: 48

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $19.00
Overall Rating:

Very nice County Park in Topeka. Mostly level gravel back-ins, 30/50 amp and water sites. No sewer. Friendly people and excellent park surrounding Lake Shawnee with hike/bike trails, fishing, boat rentals, kids playgrounds etc. Laundry and clean restrooms. Would stay here anytime! We camped at Lake Shawnee Campgrounds in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
41
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Brown vs. Board of Education National Monument is outstanding.

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Review Count: 99
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 23

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

We were traveling through the area in a motorhome towing a popup so we had 2 sites right on the lake. Beautiful area with awesome bike trail around the lake and rental bikes available. Staff was super nice. Wish we had more time to enjoy the park. Lots of play areas for children while still being peaceful. Definitely on our top list when passing through again. Food at Boss Hawg's barbecue 5 miles away was good. We camped at Lake Shawnee Campgrounds in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 105
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 41

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $19.00
Overall Rating:

This quiet campground is on a beautiful lake ten minutes from downtown Topeka and surrounded by residential! All big rig friendly level back-in gravel sites have table and two rvs share an electrical and water post with 50amp service, so when park is full rigs would be close to each other. Good local over air television, strong Verizon 4G, no Wi-Fi and dump location is easily accessible across road from office. Overall a great city park that is clean with beautiful views. Will definitely stop again when in Topeka! We camped at Lake Shawnee Campgrounds in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
57
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Great walk across lake at Ensley Gardens, bicycle rentals at park office, ten minutes from capital and other historical sites.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $19.00
Overall Rating:

Love this park! The only reason I didn't score it a "10" is because I only give that rating to parks with paved sites with full hookups. (The sites here are gravel, and there's no sewer connection.)

It's in a lovely setting, quiet, and close to Topeka amenities.

We will definitely stay here again given the chance. We camped at Lake Shawnee Campgrounds in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

In addition to lake activities, Lake Shawnee offers a wonderful paved path - about 7 miles long - to walk or bike. There's also a great golf course.

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Review Count: 342
States Visited: 46
Helpful Reviews: 51

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $19.00
Overall Rating:

This CG could rate higher if there are site sewer dumps. All sites are 30/50 amp & water, two sites to a shared stanchion. All sites are back-in. The CG dump station is convenient, across the road from the CG entrance. There is access to the lake from the CG. The interior roads are paved and sites are gravel. Most sites are fairly level and some have fantastic views. Historic sites in Topeka are minutes away. Camp Host was friendly and helpful. Restrooms, showers and laundry were clean. This CG is a well kept secret. Locals apparently don't even know about it. We would return when in the area. We camped at Lake Shawnee Campgrounds in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
47
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Take advantage of some of the National History in Topeka. Brown v. Board of Education is enlightening. The Historic Capitol Building is really awesome.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: November, 2014 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

Great park. I would have given a 10, but after October 22 there are a limited number of sites open and there is no water at sites. The bath and shower was open and had water that was on the cool side for a shower. They have a nice dump station at the entrance. Water is available, but no sign to indicate it is potable. I'm guessing it is safe for drinking, but did not want to risk it. There were several other RVs there and it was very clean and quiet. Would stay here again. Note, they had a lighted Christmas display up Nov 1, so I bet there will be quite a bit of traffic in the park during the Holidays. We camped at Lake Shawnee Campgrounds in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 40
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

Very nice park, sites nearest lake are rather sloped. Pads are gravel, clean, quiet, well maintained. Never saw any employees there during our 2 day stay. Honor system payment area. Laundry has 2 washers and dryers and well maintained! We camped at Lake Shawnee Campgrounds in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $19.00
Overall Rating:

As stated in previous reviews this campground is a well kept secret. The park is beautiful with so much to do, biking, walking, jogging trails, golf course, tennis courts, sand volley ball, a water park, and numerous gardens. The campground itself is very well kept, bath-houses and laundry facilities are immaculate and air conditioned. The campground has its own boat docks, swim beach, playground and picnic shelter. The sites are gravel the roads are paved. The only thing missing is sewer hookups at the sites. (They do have a dump station.) The staff is courteous and friendly and take great pride in their park. We camped at Lake Shawnee Campgrounds in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 77
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

As others have mentioned, a nice park conveniently located to SE Topeka. Looks like a popular local gathering place. Definitely a good value for the money. A nearby treasure is Lonnie's BBQ. Look it up. It's incredible. We camped at Lake Shawnee Campgrounds in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

We are local residents who occasionally use this campground for a get away. Its nice here and the park hosts are always friendly. As is true with most campgrounds, some sites are much nicer than others with water views and nice quiet areas. We have our favorite spots, but would stay here even if we couldn't get the site that we wanted. This is a park run by a municipality and is typical, but its wide open and friendly and we like it here. We camped at Lake Shawnee Campgrounds in a Motorhome.

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