Ford lake outside of Dodge City KS


We left Flagler lake and thought we could use the wifi at a local diner only to find out that it was closed because they need a cook! We went into the town of Flagler and didn’t find anything so we turned around and on the way out spotted a restaurant next to a motel. We had a nice breakfast and saved our meat for the puppies 🙂

After breakfast we headed east on I-70 and when we crossed the state line with Kansas we stopped by the visitor’s center and got some information about places to visit in Kansas. This is were we decided to visit Dodge City KS. We drove and drove and all there was to see were fields of cropland hardly any buildings. We passed through a few small towns and they sure looked quiet.

We had a hard time finding Ford lake (free campsite) because there was no sign saying that, this lake (?) was Ford lake. It did have a sign saying it there was a Boy Scout Training Center there and that threw me off. With help of a local we got to the camp at Ford lake. Turns out that it is a popular place for locals to visit as well. Just after we parked a large group of folks moved in next to us with go carts, kids and cars a plenty. They also had a very large Doberman Pincher tied to a tree that was not pleased about the situation. We kept our pets inside as to not start a dog battle. About sunset this group of folks started packing up and moved out just as the sun was going down. The dogs got a short walk that night. The night there was quiet and in the morning the dogs had a nice walk and we headed into Dodge City.

Just on the City line there is a Flying J truck plaza we stopped there for coffee and information. The locals working the desk only knew of one RV park and didn’t know if it was open. The local tourist office was closed Saturday and Sunday so no help there. We decided to drive through Dodge and get the lay of the land. We continued through after finding the tourist office and found another RV park not listed in any of our books as they don’t give discounts, but they have all services and large pull through lots, their name is Gunsmoke RV Park. We got busy and got our showers, and laundry done; we also got a project done which was to replace the lower screen on the screen door and install protective grill on the same door so the dogs won’t damage the screen again. The project came out looking good.
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