Toronto Reservoir, Cross Timbers State Park and Toronto Wildlife Area
Located 12 miles west of Yates Center, south of US-54 on K-105 highway, near the city of Toronto
Cross Timbers State Park is located in the gently rolling hills of the Verdigris River Valley. Comprising 1,075 acres in the northern reaches of the region known to early pioneers as the Cross Timbers, the park provides many access points to the 2,800-acre Toronto Reservoir. Those enjoying wildlife watching and nature study will find the park an extraordinary area for their pursuits. The park offers a multitude of recreational activities for the visitor. Camping, hiking, mountain biking, swimming, picnicking, boating, and fishing are popular pursuits.
The park is known for its network of scenic trails and all are open to hiking and backpacking. This trail wanders through remnants of an ancient forest of post oaks, blackjack oaks, and native flora. Interpretive signs along the trail relate the ancient oak trees to a point in U.S. and Kansas history. One tree on the trail is older than the United States. All trails but the Ancient Oaks Trail are open to other non-motorized uses such as jogging and mountain biking. Back country camping is allowed by special permit on segments of the Chautauqua Hills Trail.
Fishing in the river and on the reservoir can be excellent. Both are noted for exciting white crappie, white bass, channel catfish, and flathead catfish angling. The adjacent 4,600-acre Toronto Wildlife Area is a diverse collection of habitats, including forests, grasslands, farmlands, and marshes. Species common to the area included white-tailed deer, wild turkey, quail, squirrel, rabbit, dove, raccoons and a rich variety of songbirds.
Toronto Reservoir is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Campsites and RV hookups, Cabins, Swimming, Boating, Fishing, Wildlife-watching, Trails (including mountain biking)