Listen to our full interview with Kimberly Jones from Fall River State Park here:
Fall River State Park Camping
Camp Kansas: We’re talking with Kimberly Jones today. She is the park manager for Fall River State Park down in Kansas. How’s it going today, Kimberly?
Kimberly: It’s a good rainy day today. We needed some rain.
Camp Kansas: How long has Fall River State Park been around, and how did it get its start?
Camp Kansas: What are some of the most popular activities at that park?
Kimberly: We have a youth kids’ fishing pond that we stock with all kinds of different brims and sunfishes, as well as catfish, bass. It’s for 15 years and younger, and I can about guarantee they’ll catch a fish if they go over there. It’s pretty stocked up for them.
Camp Kansas: Fun. What kind of fish?
Kimberly: Different brims, sunfish, catfish.
Camp Kansas: Tell me about the campground.
Kimberly: We have 81 campsites at Fall River State park; 46 of those are utilities and 35 are primitive. Our primitive sites are all designated sites. They all have fire rings, upright grills, picnic tables, and some even have [inaudible 00:01:28] holders.
Camp Kansas: Are they first-come, first-served, or can you reserve a site?
Kimberly: You can reserve through the first of October. In the fall and winter months, we don’t require a reservation on those.
Camp Kansas: Does it tend to be less popular during that time?
Kimberly: Yes, we’re just not as busy when we get cold. But you can stay in a cabin. You can stay in a cabin in the wintertime; they’re open year-round.
Camp Kansas: That sounds great. How many do those sleep?
Kimberly: Two of our cabins sleep six, and the third cabin actually will sleep up to nine.
Camp Kansas: How much do those cost a night?
Kimberly: Coming into the fall season, they run $85 on the weekend and $65 during the week, and through the winter rates, January to March are $55 a night. Prime season they run $95 and $75.
Camp Kansas: Two more questions for you about Fall River State Park. If you could spend just one hour in the park, what would you do with your time?
Kimberly: Oh my. I would probably hike the Post Oak Trail over on the east side of the lake. It’s a nice combination of tall grass prairie and a little mix of the cross timbers ecosystem, both.
Camp Kansas: And if you could spend just one night in Fall River State Park, which campsite would you choose and why?
Kimberly: I would stay at the end of the Fredonia Bay in a primitive campsite, probably Site 34 because it’s off by itself. It is right on the water, as close as you can get, and it’s right on a rock bluff, so it has a great view and is off by itself, close to the playground. Because I’ve got little people, and my little people could play at the playground and I could still sit around my camp spot.
Camp Kansas: Sounds beautiful.
Kimberly: Yes, it is.
Camp Kansas: Thanks for taking some time out of your afternoon today – or morning, I guess, still – to chat with us a little bit about Fall River State Park, Kimberly.