Kanopolis Journals

Kanopolis is Calling You

A travel journal to Kanopolis by Casual Tourist

Kanopolis Reservoir Photo, Kanopolis, Kansas More Photos
Quote: Water, vibrant colors, and a variety of terrains make Kanopolis Reservoir an awesome vacation spot.

Kanopolis is Calling You

Overview

Kanopolis Reservoir Photo, Kanopolis, Kansas
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My favorite activities at Kanopolis Reservoir are taking in the wildlife and soaking in the wonders of nature. There are camping and picnic facilities available as well as docks for launching boats.

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Bring a good pair of binoculars and wear a good pair of boots.

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Kanopolis Lunch Box

Restaurant

Kanopolis Lunch Box Photo, Kanopolis, Kansas
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Sometimes it is so hard to find a really good restaurant when you are traveling in unknown regions. We were really lucky this day when we found the little eatery in Kanopolis, Kansas called the Kanopolis Lunch Box. You can order either American or Mexican food here, but the quality of the food was only half of what made this restaurant special. We found stimulating conversation with the owner of the Lunch Box and were made to feel right at home. The facility was quite clean and neat with an absolutely homey feel. There's nothing fancy about the outside of this restaurant -- it's just a small box-like building -- but if you find yourself in or near Kanopolis, Kansas make sure you check it out. Yo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 12, 2001

Kanopolis Lunch Box
105 North Kansas Avenue
Kanopolis, Kansas 67439
(785) 472-5700

Legacy Trail Mushroom State Park

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Attraction | "Legacy Trail #2-5"

Legacy Trail Mushroom State Park Photo, Kanopolis, Kansas
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The #2 stop on the Legacy Trail is Cooley's Crossing. Other than the fact that this particular place has a history attached to it, there is no good reason to include it on the trail. Currently there is a trailer park at the crossing. #3 is the Gile Family Cemetery. Again, history is the only reason for mentioning this location. The cemetery is on private property and so not accessible to the public. William S. and Adaline P. Gile are buried in the cemetery. They settled the area in 1872. What was interesting in this area was the pasture of grazing buffalo. It's always awe inspiring to me to see these great lumbering beasts here on the prairie where they belong. #4 is the site w...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 11, 2001

Legacy Trail Mushroom State Park
2 miles north of Kanopolis State Park
Kanopolis, Kansas

Legacy Trail Mushroom State Park

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Attraction | "Legacy Trail #18 -- Fort Harker"

Legacy Trail Mushroom State Park Photo, Kanopolis, Kansas
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Now here was a part of the Legacy Trail worth stopping for. There are two historic buildings in Kanopolis that beckon to the tourist -- the Ft Harker Guard House and an old train depot building that has been moved next to the guard house. As usual in one of these out-of-the-way museums I had to marvel at the quantity and quality of the items on display. Of course, this is nothing like a big city museum where the displays are artistically laid out and each piece is highlighted. Here there are just old display cases and shelves stuffed full of old and interesting things. And of course, the building itself is of historic significance. There were both army and Indian items on display. Ft. Hark...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 11, 2001

Legacy Trail Mushroom State Park
2 miles north of Kanopolis State Park
Kanopolis, Kansas

Legacy Trail Mushroom State Park

Attraction | "Legacy Trail - Self-Guided Auto Tour Overview"

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This self-guided auto tour was a lot less than it was written up to be. I found the flyer listing the tour and the 27 points of interest along with various other tourist brochures on Kansas points of interest. The flyer itself is very informative regarding bits of history concerning the Kanopolis area. As there are so many stops on the tour I don't feel that I can do them justice with just one journal entry and therefore will cover the stops in several entries. They'll all be labeled "Legacy Trail" and will include the numerals of the tour stops. Take time to check them out, as several of the stops on the tour are really worth seeing.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 28, 2001

Legacy Trail Mushroom State Park
2 miles north of Kanopolis State Park
Kanopolis, Kansas

Legacy Trail Mushroom State Park

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Attraction | "Legacy Trail #19 - Ft Ellsworth/Hodgden House"

Legacy Trail Mushroom State Park Photo, Kanopolis, Kansas
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This attraction is listed on the Legacy Trail tour as Ft. Ellsworth, but in actuality there is no Ft. Ellsworth anymore. Ft. Ellsworth was renamed Ft. Harker & moved to the town of Kanopolis. What there is in Ellsworth is the Hodgden House Museum Complex and we found this well worth seeing. No matter how many museums we go to, there are always objects that are new that we've never seen before. The cost of going through the complex was only $2.00 per person. There were several buildings with artifacts to go view. There is the 1878 Hodgden House, the 1880's livery stable, an 1880's one-room school, an old wooden windmill, a church and a tin building housing a general store and farm equipm...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 28, 2001

Legacy Trail Mushroom State Park
2 miles north of Kanopolis State Park
Kanopolis, Kansas

Legacy Trail Mushroom State Park

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Attraction | "Legacy Trail #11 -- Mushroom State Park"

Legacy Trail Mushroom State Park Photo, Kanopolis, Kansas
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Mushroom State Park is quite interesting and strange. Strange because of it's location -- in the midst of rolling prairie and pasture land, and interesting because of the wonderfully unique rocks that are clustered here. When we first went to look for this park we thought we must have taken a wrong road somewhere. It is well off the beaten path on a gravel-paved road about an hour west of Salina. But there it was on the map, and much to our surprise, there it was in actuality sitting amidst pasture land. The park stretches out to the north and south from both sides of the road. There are a couple of picnic tables nearby and a water pump. It's a rather primitive park in a rather primitive p...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 24, 2001

Legacy Trail Mushroom State Park
2 miles north of Kanopolis State Park
Kanopolis, Kansas

Kanopolis Parks

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Attraction | "Kanopolis - South Side Area"

Kanopolis Parks Photo, Kanopolis, Kansas
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There is a marina on the south side of Kanopolis Lake, but there are also several camping areas, picnic areas, and wildlife viewing areas. The south side of the lake is not nearly as rocky as the north side. Many of the banks are steep with soft soil that easily erodes, but these areas are clearly marked. There were plenty of private little coves on the south side creating an atmosphere of privacy for camping or picnicking, a commodity often lacking for these activities. What we also found on the south side the day we visited was a small herd of deer grazing near the roadway. Apparently the deer know that they are safe in this area as they did not budge from their grazing though they kept a ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 26, 2001

Kanopolis Parks
South Side Area
Kanopolis, Kansas

Riverside Park Area - Kanopolis Lake Photo, Kanopolis, Kansas
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The Riverside Park area of Kanopolis Lake is quite a scenic area. The park is based around the outlet area of the dam and there is access to the Smoky Hill River for fishing here. However there are signs posted that rapidly rising water is possible and precautions should be taken. The last time we visited this area we were surprised to see a deer standing quite still not too far from the roadway leading to the picnic area. That deer must have stood there a good five minutes staring at us before turning and bolting toward the woods. It was quite a breath-taking sight. Also on our last visit we saw a number of people fishing near the outlet area. We don't fish ourselve...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 14, 2001

Riverside Park Area - Kanopolis Lake
Hwy 141
Kanopolis, Kansas

The Colors of Kanopolis

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Kanopolis Reservoir Photo, Kanopolis, Kansas
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One of the striking features of Kanopolis Reservoir is the variety and vibrance of color. The water is extraodinarily blue and the rock outcroppings are golden or rust colored, this against a backdrop of a big blue sky and the greens and golds of prairie grass. Whenever I visit Kanopolis I am reminded of the natural beauty of this little world of ours.

Prairie Dogs at Kanopolis

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Kanopolis Reservoir Photo, Kanopolis, Kansas
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Scattered at various locations around Kanopolis Reservoir are a number of prairie dog towns. The mounds of soil piled up around the entrance holes to the tunnels are easy to spot as are the watchful prairie dogs. I thoroughly enjoy watching these little prairie dwellers scamper about from one entrance to another, going about their business as if no one else were around. However, they are very much aware of what goes on around them, having sentries posted at intervals to keep an eye out for intruders. I suppose the biggest threat to them in this locale are the hawks that live in the area year round and the eagles that nest at Kanopolis in December and January.

Variety of Terrains and Habitats

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Kanopolis Reservoir Photo, Kanopolis, Kansas
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I find Kanopolis to be unique in the variety of terrains and wildlife habitats that it offers. There are sandy beaches, rock outcroppings, hills for climbing, grassland, marshes, and wooded areas. I've seen lizards, prairie dogs, hawks, gulls, and eagles and though I haven't seen them I know from track evidence that there are deer, racoon, and other small mammels in the area. As I'm not a fisher I don't know what kinds of fish are in the lake, but whenever I've visited there have been people on the lake fishing.
Kanopolis Reservoir Photo, Kanopolis, Kansas
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During late December and all of January eagles gather around Kanopolis lake. If you've never seen eagles in the wild you don't know what you are missing. They are majestic birds and seeing them brings a refreshing sense of relief that maybe we can still salvage some of the natural wonders of our world.

Wildlife Areas Surrounding Kanopolis

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Kanopolis Wildlife Area Photo, Kanopolis, Kansas
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The Army Corp of Engineers have set aside a number of areas around Kanopolis Reservoir for wildlife. These areas are not all connected and it does take a bit of navigating and exploring backroads to find them, but they are well worth locating. Many of the roads leading to these areas are minimum maintenance and should not be traveled if they are in the least bit wet, but in dry weather they are certainly navigable. One of the wildlife areas my husband and I have explored took us past remote farms where some of the cows were not well contained. The barking of our husky rid the road of these large bovines in a hurry though. It's rather funny that the roads in such a remote area are named, but ...Read More

A Worried Hawk

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Kanopolis Wildlife Area Photo, Kanopolis, Kansas
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On one of our visits to the Kanopolis Wildlife Area at the Smoky Hill River there was a magnificent, large hawk in the trees overhead. I'm not sure what it was protecting or what beef it had with us, but as we walked along the river the hawk flew in a triangle from tree to tree back and forth across the water. I wish there was some way I could convey the sound of its screeching as it watched us. Hawks are extremely wary birds and usually fly off when humans approach. This one was holding its ground and being quite noisy about it. After getting my share of photos of this wonderful bird we backed off so as not to unduly stress it.