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Riverside West Park

Baxter Springs, KS

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Riverside West Park is about a mile east of Baxter Springs, KS, down in the very southeast corner of the state, where Old US Route 66 cuts across 13 miles of the state. It's on the west bank of the river, hence the name. A nice little city park with all the amenities except a bathhouse. Upon arrival you call the police station and they'll send an officer out to collect your fee. We would definitely stay here again.

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We thought there were only 7 sites here, and it being a Saturday, we were a little concerned about getting a site. Not to worry - other than a group function at the pavilion, we had the choice of any site in the park, of which there are really 24. We chose site 7. Sites 1-8 are in a row facing the park road.

Date of visit: Sep 2013

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Each site has a level paved pad surrounded by grass and shaded by large trees - a very pleasant spot. Only a few sites, however, have a picnic table. Here are sites 9-12.

As mentioned in the introduction, there is no bathhouse, but there are some porta-potties and an RV dump station.

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Utility posts are space between pairs of sites, so for half the sites, they're on the wrong side. That's why we travel with a 30 Amp extension cord and an extra hose. Sites 24-15 are shown here.

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On the way into the park is a large play area with swings and slides. Beyond here is a primitive tent area; tents are not allowed in the RV section where the hookups are.

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There's a large pavilion where groups can gather for various functions.

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The park is located on the west bank of Spring River, just below a small dam. There is a boat launch and an area for fishing.

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Canoeing the river must be a popular pasttime, for we saw a river outfitter drop off this couple with a canoe.

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And there they go.

Amenities

24 sites with W/E(30/50A) - $10

Unlimited tent spaces - $5

Porta-Potties

RV dump station

3-night stay limit

Police: 620-856-2112

Coordinates: 37.022902 N, 94.719796 W

Elevation: 800'