Outdoor activities

Manhattan City Parks & Recreation Facilities


28 Parks. Fantastic amenities. Year-round enjoyment! Relax under a large, shade tree or picnic at one of 20 shelters. Kids enjoy the afternoon at any of 13 playgrounds, three pools, City Park splash park feature. Fish at 5-acre stocked Jerry Dishman Lake, Anneberg Park. Team sports? Manhattan's parks boast an abundance of athletic fields and courts. 
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Bird watching

 
Take birding and wildlife trip to the Kansas Birding Festival for lasting memories. Experienced tour guides give expert analysis on trips to prairie chicken booming grounds: Konza Prairie, Milford wetlands, Kansas Landscape Arboretum and much more. 
Updated list scheduled events
Kansas Birding Festival

Milford Lake Reservoir


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  • 30 minutes west, Manhattan
  • Kansas’ largest lake (163-mile shoreline, 16,000-plus surface acres)
  • Lake, surrounding 21,000 acres Kansas’ prime outdoor habitats
U.S. Corps of Engineers Information Center
Milford State Park

Water Sports


Tuttle Creek Lake is located five miles north of Manhattan with the dam and reservoir situated on the northern edge of the Flint Hills. The lake area offers 12,000 acres of water with 100 miles of wooded shoreline.

Eleven parks offer a wide range of facilities such as overnight camping pads, beaches, comfort stations, boat launching ramps, utility hookups and picnic tables. Also available for lake visitors: full service marina, nature and equestrian trails, disc golf course, cabin rental and areas for off-road enthusiasts (user fees may apply). Picnic shelters available for group events.

Kayaking and Canoeing


Activities abound for a splashdown to water fun on the Kansas River. The river runs through the south and east side of Manhattan, with readily accessible points of access. You name it: canoe, float, kayak, paddleboard or fish along the river, the opportunities to cut your own wake are plentiful. Note: The Kaw is a big river and not appropriate for novice and beginning paddlers if running above 5,000 cubic feet/second. Please exercise caution and enjoy your water activity.

Paddling aplenty in The Little Apple

Reserve group shelters, River Pond State Park

Tuttle Creek State Park

Reserve group shelters in outlet park
Corps of Engineers, 785-539-8511

Tuttle Creek and Milford Lakes yacht clubs.

Kansas Canoe Association
Map/trip planner: PO Box 2885, Wichita, KS 67201

Off-Roading


  • Spillway Cycle Area: 45-acre park boasts several challenging trails (exclusive to ATV/motorcycle)
  • Tuttle Creek off-road vehicle area: 310-acre park featuring miles of steep, rugged trails for all vehicles

Shooting Ranges


Fancy Creek
Outdoor pistol range (10-20 meters) and rifle range (50-100 meters).
Hunters can sight in a scope or target shoot (north of Randolph).
Hours
Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., first/third weekends; fourth Thursday of every month.
785-539-7941
Friends of Fancy Creek Range.

Tuttle Creek, 6363 Tuttle Creek Blvd.

  • Clubhouse, instructions, tournaments, traps
  • ATA trap, Wobble trap, 5-stand sporting clays (with pro sports shop, gun rental)
  • Open 1-5 p.m. Sunday, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday

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