Shawnee Mission Park, a multi-use, 1,600-acre park is located at 79th and Renner Road in Shawnee, Kansas. The land was purchased through the District's initial bond issue in 1956 and officially dedicated on May 30, 1964. It is the largest park in the county and the most visited park in the entire state of Kansas.
Shawnee Mission Park is home to a number of fantastic amenities as well as a beautiful 120-acre lake. Our beautiful scenic lake is a very popular spot for boating, fishing, sail boarding, and much more. The park also has eleven spacious shelters, numerous picnic areas, nature trails, play areas, an archery range, a 53-acre dog off-leash area, a disc golf course, and is a great place to enjoy mountain biking and horseback riding. The park is also home to The Theatre in the Park, Shawnee Mission Park Beach (closed for 2017), and Shawnee Mission Park Marina. In season, there are canoes, pedal boats, and fishing boats available for rent at the marina.
Shawnee Mission Park Shelters
To ensure the use of a shelter, reservations are recommended. Shawnee Mission Park is equipped with 11 multi-functional shelters available throughout the year for gatherings including weddings, graduations and birthdays. For details about all JCPRD shelters, including Shawnee Mission Park, view our JCPRD park shelter info. chart. Patrons can reserve shelters by walk-in or by phone. For additional details, visit our reservation and rentals page. To inquire or to reserve a shelter, visit our Registration Office or contact us Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4 pm at (913) 831-3359.
Note: During your event, please have a copy of your Shelter Reservation form available.
JCPRD Park Police and Park Safety
If safety issues arise, contact the JCPRD Park Police by calling (913) 782-0720. If you're contacting the Park Police to resolve a conflict related to a shelter reservation, please be sure to have your copy of the Shelter Reservation Form with you.
Located inside the JCPRD Administration Building, near the front entrance of Shawnee Mission Park, you'll find our Visitor Services. Here you can obtain copies of park maps, trail guides and Activities Catalogs. You can purchase Kansas State fishing licenses, JCPRD park permits for fishing, boating, archery, and metal detecting, as well as Shawnee Mission Park orienteering course packets. You can also pick up your free model rocket and remote controlled vehicle and boat permits. Questions? Please call (913) 888-4713.
Shawnee Mission Park Lake Fishing
For fishing conditions at Shawnee Mission Park Lake and other JCPRD lakes, please see our weekly Fishing Report.
State license are NOT required for youth 15 and under or seniors 75 and older who are Kansas residents. A state license is required for Kansas state residents ages 16-74. State licenses are required for ANYONE 16 and older who is not a resident of the State of Kansas.
District fishing permits are not required for Johnson County residents 15 years of age or younger or seniors 65 years of age or older. District fishing permits are required by ALL residents of Johnson County 16-64 years of age and ALL non-residents of Johnson County 16 years of age and older.
A JCPRD trout permit is required for EVERYONE, regardless of age or residency, who fishes for trout (whether they keep the trout or practice catch and release).
For prices and other information, view our permits and fees page or contact the Visitor Center at (913) 888-4713.
Shawnee Mission Park Marina: Info Line (913) 312-8847
Boat rentals at the marina include; canoes, pedal boats, paddleboards,
and kayaks. Fishing permits
are also available at the marina. For rental rates and additional
information, visit our Admission
and Rentals Fees page or call our Beaches & Marinas information
A fun place for your canine family member to run and play! Located
east of the observation tower on John Barkley Drive, the 53-acre off-leash
area features a dog swim area along with wood chip and natural surface
trails through grassland and wooded areas. Our off-leash area also
includes paved parking and portable toilets.
Fall Group Hayrides
Enjoy the outdoors by scheduling your group for a hayride through Oak Ridge Parklands at Shawnee Mission Park or Heritage Park. Your 45-minute to one-hour hayride concludes with a one-hour campfire where marshmallows and apple cider await.
Hayrides can be scheduled for dates between the third weekend of September to the Sunday before Thanksgiving, and two weeks advance registration is required. Hayrides detailed information. [pdf]
Christmas Tree Recycling at Theatre in the Park - December 26
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"The trails are the BEST thing you have done to the park. I feel safer not walking on the road and I'm really enjoying the beauty of the park. Great job!"