Kill Creek Park
- Hiking Trails
- Observation tower
- Picnic Shelters
- Swimming Beach
Kill Creek Park
Nestled within a beautiful natural setting, the 897-acre park has four picnic shelters, swimming beach and marina, over 12 miles of hiking, mountain bike, and equestrian trails, and also includes 1.5 miles of paved, shared use trails for walking, running, and bicycling. The Russell and Helen Means Observation Tower offers magnificent views of the park and beyond!
Included in the total acreage for Kill Creek Park is TimberRidge Adventure Center. Only available by reservation or as part of programming, the facility encompasses over 200-acres of diverse landscape divided by a series of ponds. Offerings include: rentals, challenge course team building, birthday parties, camps, special events, and camping.
Please note: Weather permitting, on Monday, Aug. 30, there will be substantial closures at Kill Creek Park due to sealcoating operations. Most inner park trails and the marina parking lot will be closed for 24 hours to allow sealcoating, curing of the material, and re-striping. Areas that will be affected will be the marina lakefront and boat ramp, shelters 2,3, and 4 -including the playground. Areas that will not be affected are the Russell and Helen Means Observation Tower, shelter 1, and access to the Kill Creek Streamway Park trails and single track trails from the shelter 1 parking access. We anticipate full reopening on Tuesday, Aug. 31.
Kill Creek has four varied sized shelters. The shelters are perfect for parties, family reunions, corporate events, and weddings! To ensure the use of a shelter, reservations are recommended.
For individual shelter details and to reserve online, view the Subfacilities section below.
To check availability or to reserve a shelter online, visit the reservation and rentals page, call (913) 831-3359, Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., or visit our Registration Office in Antioch Park.
Kill Creek Park has a large lake which is great for fishing and boating and a small fishing pond. The lake is stocked with rainbow trout in October and February. JCPRD fishing and/or boating permits, and state fishing licenses (per state regulations) are required before utilizing the lake. See below for requirements.
details about permit requirements, state licenses, or to see the latest fishing report, visit the permit information page.
Beach & Marina
Russell and Helen Means Observation Tower
The tower was made possible in part by a generous gift from the estates of Russell and Helen Means. From 1978 to 1988 the Means lived on the land which is now Kill Creek Park, and had owned and enjoyed the land since 1960. In 1989, they donated 355 acres to The Parks and Recreation Foundation of Johnson County. The Means later sold an additional 284 acres to JCPRD. Russell and Helen Means provided a lasting legacy to this region of Johnson County and to Kill Creek Park.
Park Police & Safety
In an emergency, dial 911. To reach the Park Police dispatch, call (913) 782-0720.
For additional information and safety tips, visit JCPRD's Park Police page.