Watkins Mill State Park

Park Information

A 100-acre lake with a paved bicycle path around it, plentiful fishing, a picturesque campground and choice picnic spots make Watkins Mill State Park an ideal place for an afternoon or longer. Located near the Kansas City area, the park has ample fishing opportunities and an abundance of whitetailed deer and wild turkeys to watch. The park is adjacent to the Watkins Woolen Mill State Historic Site, a National Historic Landmark.

Park Hours

Day-Use Areas

  • Williams Creek Picnic Area
    Open year-round
  • Hill Top Picnic Area
    Open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day

Visitor Center hours

  • April through October
    9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday-Saturday
    10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday
  • November
    9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday
    10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sunday
  • December through February
    9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Friday, Saturday and holiday Mondays
    10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sunday
  • March
    9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday
    10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sunday

Swimming Beach hours

May 23 through Sept. 1
10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. daily