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  • Published on Jun 29, 2016
    Summer Weekend Trips You'll Want to Take

    Summer is finally here! Now is the perfect time to take a nice weekend trip to enjoy the season and all the activities that come with it! Here a few ideas of what to do in the great state of Kansas that you (and even your wallet) are sure to love.

    Go Fishing

    Nothing says relaxing summer trip quite like a fishing trip! Try checking out the Kingman State Fishing Lake. It’s full of a variety of species such as largemouth bass, bluegill, redear, northern pike, and channel catfish. The lake also offers facilities for visitors such as picnic tables, fire rings, toilets, and a group shelter. There are no fees to visit or camp but be sure to follow the posted rules such as length limits and creel limits, the carry in/ carry out trash requirement, and quiet hours. The lake is about 40 miles from Harper and about 75 miles from Great Bend and is, unfortunately, primitive camping only. So if leaving your RV at home to camp isn’t your style then fishing at Kingman still makes for a great day trip. 

    Visit a State Park

    Kansas is home to over 25 state parks. A few of which have made numerous lists that refer to them as beautiful and stunning.  Visiting a state park allows you to immerse yourself in all the scenery and wildlife that Kansas has to offer. State parks are the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors! Go hiking, biking, and even horseback riding! Looking to cool off? Swim and relax at one of the beaches found in many of the parks. There are even activities unique to certain parks such as fishing, geocaching, archery, and more. All of this can be done for the low price of $5 a day and even cheaper if you buy a Kansas State Park Passport

    Kayak or Canoe the Kansas River Trail 

    One of the best ways to beat the summer heat is to cool down by the water. Though it requires the most planning and equipment of all the trips on this list, Canoeing or Kayaking the Kansas River Trail is the perfect summer adventure. The trail runs through many communities such as Kansas City, Lawrence, Topeka, Manhattan, and Junction City. It has many different access points, allowing you to make your trip a long or as short as you want.  If you are new to paddling or have never traveled on the Kansas River Trail it is a good idea to go with experienced paddlers or as part of an organized float trip. 

    Travel Back in Time (Visit Fort Scott National Historic Site) 

    Since time machines have yet to be invented, visiting a historic site is the next best thing! Historic sites such as the Fort Scott National Historic Site bring the past to life to provide a family friendly educational experience. The site is full of history! It started out as a frontier fort whose patrols kept the peace between settlers and the local American Indian tribes. The fort was later sold and became a town during the Bleeding Kansas Era before becoming a fort once more during the Civil War. The site preserves over 20 buildings dating back to 1840 and showcases interpretive exhibits, period furnishings, and even living history programs that include soldiers drilling on horseback and artillery demonstrations. 

    Harper Camperland

    The clock is ticking, there is a limited left to take advantage of our HUGE deals and get a camper that will aid with all of your camping dreams! Check out our 2015 closeouts on our homepage while you still can! 

    We offer financing and hassle free RV trade in options; simply fill out our secure online forms and we’ll have you driving the RV of your dreams in no time. Already have an RV? Let us service it for you before you take your next trip! Our expert staff of certified service technicians are happy to help you with any RV issues or question.

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