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Tuttle Creek State Park

5800 A River Pond Rd
Manhattan, KS 66502
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We selected this park because it was a good half way point between Louisville State Recreation Area in Nebraska and our destination of Wichita, Kansas for the 2006 National Heavy Duty Truck Rally beginning October 1. Investigated on the web and since we needed to do laundry but wanted to stay at the state park, we figured we would have better options near Kansas State University in Manhattan. :) Nice setting below the dam of the 12,500 acre Tuttle Creek Reservoir. Combination of treed and lakeside sites throughout the campground. 50/30 amp electric and water hook-ups; No sewer hook-ups, but two dump stations available. The Kansas State Parks have the funkiest camping fee structure we have seen on the road. You have a daily vehicle fee, a daily camping fee, a daily utility fee, and a daily "prime site" fee for the best sites. From April 1 - September 30 the daily vehicle fee is $7 and the daily camping fee is $8.50. Take $1 off each of those for October through March. Add to that a utility fee of $6 for one utility, $8 for two utilities, or $9 for three utilities (for other state parks where there are sewer hook-ups). Then add $2.50 if you select a "prime site" like we did. So that was $7.00 + $8.50 + $8.00 + $2.50 = $26.00 a night for our stay. Kansas seniors/disabled (Only Kansas residents) get the daily vehicle fee for $4.25. BUT anyone can buy a 14-day camping pass which gives you about a buck and a quarter off the daily camping fee. Sheeeesh! There were a few places to get satellite from the roof, but it could be tricky in some places; there was a small boat ramp 100 feet from our site and a hiking trail at the end of our camping loop; Bathhouses were okay; Staff (especially Cindy) was very nice and helpful. We really liked this campground and especially our site. However, the funky fee system was sort of annoying and made it a little overpriced. Unfortunately our stay was short and we didn't get out on the water, hike, or explore the state park. Had we done those things, we might have bumped the rating up to an 5. We would like to stay here again and maybe do the 14-day stay.


Received from Howard for visit in Oct 2006

Site Number: 110
Stay Again? YES

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