Linn County Park is an RV park and campground located in Lacygne, Kansas, and is found on the edge of La Cygne Lake. The park offers a variety of accommodations, including RV spaces, cabins, and dry campsites. These are offered year-round and are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Amenities that are available to all guests include a playground, a marina, and a sprinkler park. La Cygne Lake resides next to the park and is stocked with different kinds of fish, such as blue cat, catfish, largemouth bass, and flatheads. The park manager would like patrons to feel safe while they are staying at the park. The establishment, which was created in 1981, is located in a more historical area with ties to events such as the Civil War and the Trail of Tears.
Linn County Park has 113 RV sites, 25 campsites, and 7 cabins available for use. The business does not have a reservation system but operates on a first-come, first-serve basis. A few of the RV spaces can be used for long-term stays. There is variation between these units, with some having water and electricity, several without either, and a few with water, electricity, and sewage hookups. The limits for the electrical lines range from 30 to 50 amps of power. The park manager describes the tent sites as primitive, and they each come with a fire pit and picnic table. A variety of modern amenities are supplied in the cabins, including air conditioning, a microwave, a coffee pot, and a bathroom with a shower. Every cabin has two double beds in the bedroom, a fire pit, and a picnic table outside. The park manager mentions that the RV spaces and cabins tend to be popular, as they both typically have access to water and electricity.
Amenities that are found across the property and are available for guests to use include two shower houses, laundry facilities, and playgrounds. One of the more significant aspects of the business is that it is found on the edge of La Cygne Lake. The park manager notes that it is “a fishing lake only.” Visitors are not permitted to go swimming or boating in La Cygne Lake, though she mentions that this may change in the future. Another feature that guests can access is the sprinkler park, which is next to the playground. The park manager describes it as a replacement for swimming since this activity is not allowed at the lake. She explains, “The kids push a button, water comes down, and they can run under it to cool off.” The general store sells a wide range of items and supplies. People can purchase groceries, soda, snacks, ice, batteries, coolers, and memorabilia. There are also fishing supplies, such as bait, and RV parts and products in case visitors need to purchase new equipment or replace existing things.
Linn County Park is located about an hour south of Kansas City and is found in a more rural location. The park manager notes that the park is found on 2,000 acres of land, with a large majority of the acreage being used for archery hunting, which is a lottery draw deer hunt. The land does not belong to the business but is set aside for hunting and other outdoor recreational activities. People can also go duck hunting, but that can only be done from boats on the lake.
Beyond the property line, there are a variety of attractions. The area has many Civil War sites, including John Brown’s cabin, which is about 30 miles away from the park. A portion of the Trail of Tears is also found in the vicinity. The Trading Post is located down the road, and according to the park manager, “it’s the oldest trading post west of the Mississippi.” She also enjoys telling patrons about some of the restaurants in the area. A few that she recommends by name are Amsterdam Cafe, Simple Simon’s Pizza, and Lucy’s Bar and Grill.
The park manager states that the property is “an entirely safe space and that they’re getting value for their money.” She hopes that guests will be comfortable enough to ask for help if any questions or concerns arise. One way that she tries to accomplish this is by having a few policies. Notable guidelines are enforced at the establishment, which guests are expected to abide by during their stay. Linn County Park is pet-friendly, but pets must be kept on a leash while spending time at the property, and pet owners are expected to clean up after their animals. Smoking is permitted on the grounds, provided that visitors dispose of their cigarette butts. Lastly, quiet hours begin each night at 11:00 p.m.
The park manager explains that the establishment’s location and fishing opportunities are “in the top 100 in the nation for largemouth bass.” La Cygne Lake is home to a variety of fish, including crappies, blue cats, catfish, flatheads, and white bass. According to the park manager, the blue cats tend to be the most prized fish to catch, as they have been known to weigh “up to 80 or 90 pounds.” Some of the other larger fish species are flatheads, largemouth bass, and crappies.
Linn County Park has received many reviews from people who have stayed at the property in the past. A couple of commonly mentioned aspects are the wildlife and the amenities that are offered at the establishment. One person wrote, “I love this place. The staff is really nice, and the environment is beautiful.” The business is open year-round, with the busiest time of the year being from March to October.
Linn County Park first opened in 1981. Ever since its conception, the campground has been owned and operated by the county. The park manager explains that one of her favorite aspects of her job is meeting the people who come to stay at the property. She mentions that she enjoys the landscape and is content with how the campground is built. There are many opportunities to see wildlife, such as deer, raccoons, and various species of birds. The park manager mentions that in the future, the county plans on installing a swim beach sometime in 2024, but until then, “ maintenance and upkeep” are the main emphases.