My review pretty much mirrors the last review from 2007, the grounds and lake at Glen Elder make it a very good place to RV. However what appears to have been a park staff glitch caused me to rate it a 6. We were looking for a place to overnight in the central part of Kansas and there aren't a lot of options. I'd called Glen Elder several days before to reserve a pull-thru RV site since we didn't want to unhook our car. A lady named Lisa said site #4 in their Kaw campground was available but if we didn't arrive by 5 PM they would charge our credit card $11.50 to reserve the site. Since it was a Saturday in summer and the park would likely be busy, I said OK. I even double-check called on Saturday morning to confirm our site # and location with Lisa. We arrived a little after 5PM after driving from Colorado Springs to find our pull-thru site occupied. Two motorhomes were in it and the occupants said/claimed they were told they could take any site in Kaw and that there was no reserved sign posted when they got there. All the other sites in Kaw were either already taken or had a reserved sign. So I called the reservations phone number & and got a 'Lisa' recording saying the office closes at 6 PM on weekends. By then it was 5:30 so I left a message explaining our situation and asking someone to call back ASAP. I also called the number for the park manager and left the same message. We drove around several campgrounds til after 6 PM and no one ever called back. I then called the number for the night park ranger & left the same message. We finally found some empty sites in Kanza. They had flip signs that said 'This Site May Be Reserved; Check With Office'. But when we flipped the sign up, there was a paper tag with a name with dates for this entire week thru Sunday. So does 'This Site May Be Reserved' mean 'You may reserve this site' or does it mean ' This site may already be reserved'? Rather confusing when you're worn out from driving all day. Finally the temporary evening ranger called us back and I explained our situation. He said something about a big event coming up next week and since daily camping permits expire at noon, maybe some overzealous park employee had mistakenly removed our reserved site sign by mistake, and to go ahead and take the site we found. Which we did and luckily no one showed up to claim it because by then it would have taken an armed militia to evict us. State parks in Kansas have a somewhat complicated rate structure: daily State Park entrance fee, plus daily camping fee, plus utility fees broken down by one, two or three utilities, plus a prime site fee (I think for pull-thru or cement pad?). I don't mind paying more for extra amenities, but I didn't appreciate being charged an additional $11.50 for a reserved campsite which wasn't. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a large campground located on a lake with easy access in and out of it. Only about half of the listed sites are for RVs. The rest are tent sites. The park is divided into several looped sections with paved or gravel roads and a mixture of utility setups. The RV sites, all generally level with picnic tables and fire rings, are either concrete, paved, or gravel. Tent sites are grass. Water and voltage was good. The sites in the main section are all 50 amps, but not all of those have sewer. It is the only section that has trees. There are a handful of pull thru sites in the water and electric only sections of the campground. Bathhouses that were observed were clean and the grounds are well maintained. There is a nice boat ramp. No playground. There are quite a few seasonals, but they do not preclude getting a good site. The campground appears to be a storage lot for numerous older, unoccupied RVs. They are scattered through out, but mostly on the tent sites. The best way to get a good site is to drive thru before registering. Disregard the “This Site Reserved” signs. The park staff does a poor job of updating them. The biggest drawback of this campground is that you pay an entry fee, vehicle fee, and a fee for each utility which then raises the price to the level of a commercial C/G with amenities. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Huge Park with 300 tent and 121 RV, plus you can dry camp on the lake's edge in undeveloped areas. Flat and grassy. Not a lot of shade. Our concrete pad had chain hooks in the concrete so that you could chain your RV down in the event of high wind (tornado?) Oh my. Great recreation lake for boating, fishing, personal watercraft, skiing. Swim beach. Kansas has complicated rate structure: daily State Park entrance fee (or annual pass) plus camp fee, plus utility fees broken down by one, two or three utilities, plus "premium site" fee if pull through. Take your calculator. Cawker City is nearby...world's largest ball of twine. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.