I'd blown it by not lining up a Memorial Day campsite. I had wanted to camp at the Corps of Engineers park on Kanopolis Lake near Marquette, KS but I had put off trying to secure a site and when I finally did try all the full hookup sites were reserved. In a Hail Mary I drove to the park anyway hoping for a cancellation I could snap up or, failing that, a boondocking spot that would have a sub-optimal location away from the lake.
|Beautiful Kanopolis Lake.|
The ranger station where you check in was closed for an hour at lunch when I arrived so I drove around the camping loops seeing nothing but "Reserved" signs on the campsites until I got to site A29....no sign! I parked the Tank in the site to "reserve" it and waited for the rangers to get back from lunch. When I went to register the site the ranger said "Oh yeah, 29 doesn't have hookups so most campers ignore it."
|Site A29, the site nobody wanted, right on the lake!|
So having a solar setup allowed me to get a premier site on a major holiday weekend that nobody else wanted (I was still pretty lucky!).
Here's the Venango Park data sheet:
Hookups: 30 & 50
amp, water and sewer
Fire ring: Yes
Water Access: Yes
Fresh Water: Yes
Trash Service: Yes
Dump station: Yes
Level sites: Yes
Verizon reception: 4G,
Internet reception: 3 bars
Cost: $18/night for full hookups,
$12/night no hookups
My daily rate was supposed to have been $12 / night since I had no hookups but by playing my Senior Pass my rate was reduced to $6 night....on a major holiday weekend! The pass costs $10 and is good for life. It offers holders a 50% discount at all Federal campgrounds, areas administered by the Corps of Engineers (like this one) and will probably pay back the $10 it costs the first time you use it.
My campsite was on the eastern end of Venango Park and during one of my walks I discovered how big the park is. About two miles from my site was the swimming area.
|Cost me $10 and saved me $18 this use alone.|
On my return walk from the swim area I ran into this guy just outside the Tank's campsite:
|Venango Park's sandy swim area.|
Every Corps of Engineers park I've visited has been meticulously maintained with immaculate restrooms and Venango Park is no exception. I screwed up by not camping in Kansas for my first three years full-timing in the Tank. There are a lot of great camping locations in the state and I'll be back to camp them in the future.
Thanks for reading!
|Wild Turkey anyone?|
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