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Manhattan City Parks & Recreation Facilities
28 Parks with fantastic amenities for year-round enjoyment!

Take a relaxing picnic in the shade of a huge tree or picnic table in one of 20 shelters. Kids enjoy an afternoon of activities on 13 playgrounds, three pools or splash park in City Park. Spend some time fishing at the 5-acre stocked lake in Anneberg Park, Jerry Dishman Lake. 

For team sports, Manhattan's parks boast an abundance of athletic fields and courts. Interactive map

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

Registration and updated list of scheduled events Kansas Birding Festival.

Milford Lake reservoir
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  • 30 minutes west of 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 785-238-5714
Milford State Park 785-238-3014


Water Sports
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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.


Kayak/Canoe
Activities abound for a splashdown to water fun on the Kansas River. The river runs through the south side of Manhattan and has 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. Manhattan's four nearest access points.

Note: The Kaw is a big river and not appropriate for novice and beginning paddlers if it is running above 5,000 cubic feet/second. Please exercise caution while you enjoy the water activity.

Paddling aplenty in The Little Apple

Reserve group shelters, River Pond State Park
Tuttle Creek State Park 785-539-7941

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

Tuttle Puddle Tours
Duke the Duck amphibious vehicle
Experience the uniqueness of Duke the Duck, an amphibious mode of transportation that can go from land to sea easily. Tickets and rentals, contact Captain Dan

Off-Roading
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  • 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
  • 785-539-4392