Eisenhower State Park is a state park of Kansas, USA, located in Norton County. The park was named after the 34th U.S. president, Dwight D. Eisenhower, who grew up in Denison and had connections to this part of Texas. It lies on both banks of Turkey Creek, approximately one mile west of Danbury. Inaugurated as an experimental state park in 1967, it became a full-fledged state park in 1969. Its amenities include camping sites, picnic areas, swimming pool, golf course, lighted boat ramp, unlighted gravel ramp, playgrounds, hiking trails, scenic views, and interpretive displays.
There are two campgrounds, Cottonwood and Oak, with space for 75 drive-up tent campsites among other recreational options. Boat ramps are provided at each site along with water access to the north shore of Lake Washington. Interpretive displays can be found along Route 261 between the towns of Danbury and Norton. These exhibits focus on President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s life including his childhood growing up in Denison, his time spent serving in World War II and Korea, and his presidency which ended in 1953 when he left office having been succeeded by former Vice President Richard Nixon.
There is also a display about his successor, former President Lyndon B. Johnson. Other parks nearby include George Wyth Memorial State Historic Site, Emporia State University Geology Museum, and numerous historical sites associated with Eisenhower’s youth such as the Little Blue Schoolhouse and the Eisenhower House. On August 5, 2007, a severe thunderstorm with straight-line winds came through the area, causing damage to the landscape. A large tree fell across Highway 261, blocking the road. According to local reports, four people were injured, three seriously. An investigation into the cause of the accident concluded that the tree fell due to windthrow caused by man. As a result, construction began in 2008 on a new bridge to replace the old one. The new bridge opened July 17, 2010.