Park plus — Lake Scott a good fit in national spotlight

5/13/2014

It was no surprise to see Lake Scott State Park receive more accolades for its beauty.

It was no surprise to see Lake Scott State Park receive more accolades for its beauty.

The latest well deserved tribute came from "The Active Times," a fitness-outdoor adventure publication that recently included the attraction north of Scott City on its list of "36 Stunning U.S. State Parks."

Lake Scott was listed as the 23rd most stunning state park in the nation. Elsewhere in the Sunflower State, Kanopolis State Park came in at No. 14, and Wilson State Park was ranked 34th.

The article cited parks considered to be much more than playgrounds and picnic areas. For purposes of such a ranking, Lake Scott measured up well.

Following is the publication's write-up on the local attraction: "Named to National Geographic's list of the country's 50 must-see state parks, this aptly named 'stunning oasis' has everything you could want in a park. Spanning 1,020 acres, the natural features include wooded canyons, rugged bluffs and fresh springs. Lake Scott is large enough to accommodate boating and fishing and the extensive trail system allows horseback riding. With more than 26 archeological sites in the area, the remarkable features are more than just aesthetically pleasing."

The park is an asset in a region that understandably covets outdoor water venues. Those fortunate enough to visit Lake Scott State Park regularly or even on occasion know it does indeed stand as an oasis in a region known for its dry conditions.

Beyond the 100-acre lake that's excellent for fishing, the park's many other highlights — including its amazing setting of natural springs, deep wooded canyons and craggy bluffs — make it a natural for inclusion on any list of great outdoor destinations.

Being singled out in such a way once again on the national front would be more proof of what many area residents already know, though some take for granted: The beautiful — and yes, stunning — setting is a refreshing surprise in western Kansas.

Destinations known for their natural beauty and historical significance go a long way in contributing to local quality of life. Consider Lake Scott State Park one of Kansas' standouts in that regard.

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