New cabins available at Lake Scott State Park
By Janna DeLissa
For about ten years, visitors to the Kansas state parks and wildlife areas have been able to rent cabins to stay in. Sometime this Spring there will be two new modern cabins available for rent at Lake Scott State Park, about 10 miles north of Scott City. One cabin, called the Navajo, was constructed last fall and has been available for rent for several months. Weather has delayed finishing the Taos cabin, but park officials expect it to be ready as early as mid-April.
There are about sixty cabins located at Kansas State Parks and Wildlife areas. Counting the two new ones at Lake Scott, there are ten cabins available west of Hays. The first cabin was built at Lovewell State Park in 1999 on the spot where a shower/rest room building had been demolished. The cabin was quite rustic, nevertheless it proved to be very popular. Based on the rustic cabin’s popularity, other Kansas parks decided to provide rental cabins. The cabins are built at the Kansas correctional facilities and then delivered to the parks.
Although some of the cabins state-wide are mere sleeping cabins with only minimal amenities, the two at Lake Scott are considered deluxe cabins. A deluxe cabin features multiple services, including heating and air conditioning. They are furnished with cooking and dining utensils, including pots and pans, dishes, silverware, cups and glasses; a microwave, an electric coffee pot and skillet and a toaster. Each cabin has a deck with patio furniture. An outside covered BBQ grill is provided, along with a separate campfire pit. Firewood is provided for the pit, but renters must bring their own charcoal, linens and food. Both cabins are ADA compliant.
According to Greg Mills, Natural Resource Officer at Lake Scott, these two cabins have an incredible view of the lake and surrounding area. The lake is located only a short distance from the cabins. The area immediately around the cabins will be for the private use of the cabin inhabitants. Given the popularity of Lake Scott during summer weekends, that’s a great perk!
The cabins, which are near the shelter house, are furnished with a kitchen table and seating for four, a double bed, a futon, a Murphy bed (that pulls down from the wall) and a couch. Unlike any other cabins in the state, these two cabins have a stucco exterior. Camp Lakeside, a United Methodist church camp that can be seen across the lake from cabins, has primarily stucco buildings. Patsey Lisenby, Administrative Specialist at Lake Scott Park said that Park Manager Rick Stevens wanted to follow the Native American theme and make the cabins stucco as well.
There is plenty to do at Lake Scott other than camp and fish. Canoe and paddle boats are available for rent seasonally. The natural springs, deep wooded canyons and bluffs at the park make it perfect for wildlife observation. History buffs will enjoy the Steele Home, which is a dwelling preserved much at it was 100 years ago, and the El Cuartelejo Indian Pueblo ruins. These ruins became a National Historical Landmark in 1964. Work done in 1970 by the Kansas Historical Society allows visitors to see the pueblo with its foundation reconstructed.
Information about all cabins at state parks and wildlife areas can be found at https://reserve.ksoutdoors.com. The web page includes details about each cabin, and even a video tour of a typical cabin. Reservations can be made online or by calling the individual state park. Lake Scott’s phone number is 620-872-2061.