After a decade of planning, a new state park northeast of Hutchinson quietly opened its campground this week.
Sand Hills State Park now offers camping, pens or corrals for horses, and picnic areas.
The reservation system for the park is not yet ready but is expected to be operating by Thursday.
Ryan Stucky with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, encouraged those wanting to camp at the park to wait until after the reservation system is ready at www.reserveamerica.com.
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism is reminding people that state parks are still open during the federal government shutdown.
Park camping areas, trails, cabins, boat ramps, and other amenities are open, as are many of the businesses who serve lake visitors.
State nature centers are also open during regular hours. Access wildlife areas and fishing lakes operated by the department remains unchanged.
The federal shutdown has created some confusion about state parks.