Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Campground Review: Beymer Water Recreation Park Lakin, KS

As I continued my journey to Michigan's Upper Peninsula I stopped at the Beymer Water Recreation Park just south of Lakin, KS in western Kansas for a brief two day stay.

Donate the land and there's a decent chance they name it after you.
The park is located in the middle of farm country on the west side of Kansas Hwy 25.  It's not boondocking because there's a $10 per night charge but for the $10 you get a 30 amp electric site and access to very clean bathrooms with a hot shower and access to garbage service.

$10 per night is a decent deal for an electric site.
The park has eight campsites, number one was occupied when I arrived so I went to the other end and occupied number eight next to a picnic pavilion.

My site was to the right of this pavilion. 
The park has two ponds but both were way down in level during my stay.

This pond used to be about ten feet deeper.
I asked the park caretaker why the water level was so low and he said that while there had been a slight drought the main reason is that agriculture irrigation had lowered the water table in the area significantly.

Here's the park data sheet:

Hookups:                                             30 amp, water                                    
Fire ring:                                              No                                          
Water Access:                                     Yes                             
Fresh Water:                                        Yes                 
Trash Service:                                      Yes                 
Toilets:                                                Yes                 
Showers:                                             Yes                             
Dump station:                                      No                  
WiFi:                                                   No                  
Level sites:                                          Yes                 
Laundry:                                              No                              
Store:                                                  No                                          
Pool:                                                   No                  
Shade:                                                 Yes                 
Verizon reception:                                4G, 3 bars                   
Internet reception:                                3 Bars             
Cost:                                                  $10 per night

During my mid-week stay no local residents visited their nice little park which seemed surprising to me as there were several play areas for kids that were all in good repair and the caretaker apparently takes excellent care of the park in general.

Where's the kids?
I've mentioned previously that this was the first time taking the Tank through Kansas and I've been pleasantly surprised by the number of free or reasonably priced camping areas there are in the state.  I found Beymer Park to be a nice, quiet place to stop over for a few days and I would definitely stay there again if I'm ever in the area.

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