This rural area is rich in native wildlife, plants, grasses & forests. It provides a diversity of activities for nature enthusiasts. For the avid fisherman and hunter, the area provides rich rewards. The rural countryside allows for a unique recreational experience such as beautiful sunrises and sunsets, spectacular night skies, driving winding creek and river roads with native timber, rolling hills and rugged rock ledges.
A US Army Corps of Engineers reservoir built in the 1970's to provide flood control for the lower Marais des Cygnes river. It is located at the junction of highways US 75 & K-31, 4 miles west of Melvern. The lake is situated in the Tallgrass Prairie region of Kansas and offers a variety of recreational activities.
Corps of Engineers: 785-549-3318
This Kansas State Park is located on the north shore of Melvern Lake. Included in its large variety of recreational facilities are the unique features of rental cabins, equestrian campgraounds and 17 miles of trails available for horseback riding.
Eisenhower State Park: 785-528-4102
Pomona Lake : 785-453-2201
Melvern Railroad Park features the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Pratt Truss Bridge. The A.T & S.F. Pratt Truss Bridge was built in 1909 to carry vehicular traffic over the hand dug cut. It is one of the few left in the US that spans an existing railroad line. Numerous photo and railroad buffs travel to Melvern every year to take the opportunity to catch this experience on film. The park area is under development to showcase this bridge, which was placed on National Register of Historic Places in 2003.
This beautiful park along the main street has been maintained by the city for many gernerations. Its modern playground was constructed in 2004. Annually in June for over 100 years the park comes to life during our Osage county 4-H Fair.
Melvern Skate Park was created and built for area youth by Melvern PRIDE in 2009. Funding came from the Tony Hawk Foundation, the Jones Trust, American Ramp and the MdCV Rec Commission.
Melvern Community Center – Melvern Community Center was created by restoring an old Allis Chalmers dealership in a modern facility. It was dedicated in 2003 and is a popular place for meetings, receptions and other events. It consists of a meeting room, large banquet room, kitchen and an exercise room.
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Melvern Riverfront Park and Trails are located on 40 city owned acres on the north side of town along the Marais des Cygnes River. The area has diverse terrain and plant species and is used as an outdoor classroom. The park abounds with outdoor recreational activities including hiking, mountain biking, fishing and picnicking.
15 geocaching sites are located in Melvern, with a total of 500 sites located in Osage county. All of these have been hidden by our county economic development office to showcase the local attractions and assets to visitors.