This past August I joined my Paddle KC group for a weekend trip to Hillsdale Lake, located in Kansas. I was pretty excited about checking out the lake and getting to paddle at night to watch the Perseid meteor shower.
Hillsdale Lake was authorized by Congress in 1954 as part of a comprehensive flood control plan for the Osage and Missouri River Basins. Actual construction began in 1976 and was completed in 1982 at a cost of $61 million. In 1989, 12,880 acres of land and water was leased to the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks for recreation and wildlife management purposes. Today, the Kansas Parks, Wildlife and Tourist Department operate Hillsdale Lake under the State Park System. There are no Corps of Engineer managed campgrounds.
Many people in the group got see the meteors out on the water, but I had to wait until I got back to camp to spot any. I was lucky enough to see three. They were bright and beautiful!
The weather was amazing! We came upon a baptism taking place near the beach at Hillsdale, which we watched as we paddled our kayaks nearby. I highly recommend this lake for paddlers....there are plenty of quiet coves, or you can choose to hit the often windy and choppy open waters. We also kayaked along a narrow passage off the lake that was almost like paddling a river.
Can't wait to go again next year as I really enjoyed the clean campground and the lake is perfect for a kayaking workout.