Although most land adjacent to the river is privately owned and public access is prohibited, paddlers may set up camp on sandbars. There are also a few public camping areas near access points along the Kansas River Trail. Be aware that some of these sites are a bit of a hike from the river and may not have restrooms. Whether you’re camping on a sandbar or in a camping area, the following tips will help you have a great night along the Kansas River:
If possible, pull your boat from the water. Tie your boat to a tree on shore or a large log. If you’re camping on a sandbar, run your line (rope) through the handles of all of your gear. If water rises suddenly during the night, your only concern will be taking down your tent and getting into your boat – not tracking down your gear as it floats away.
If you’re camping on a sandbar, set up well above the water line. Use long, metal tent stakes to pitch your tent. Shorter stakes may not hold in the sandy surface, and plastic stakes may break if you encounter rock.
Store your food properly to keep away raccoons and other unwanted visitors.
Take your waste with you and leave the campsite better than you found it.