Outdoor in Fort Scott

Gunn Park

1010 Park Ave Fort Scott KS 66701

Gunn Park

Gunn Park is a beautiful 155 acre park has seven shelter houses, two lakes for fishing and multiple playground areas!

Camping Sites

First come, first served for camping sites. No reservations.

There are 14 camping sites available with electricity and water.

Two spots are 50 amp, the remaining are 30 amp.

Cost is $10/ night. Drop box is on the premises.

Maximum stay is 14 days.

Additional Camping sites

Bourbon County Fairgrounds                                                                                                                                                                                                  2102 Huntington Blvd, Fort Scott (across from Fort Scott Community College)

  • Electric hookup is $20 per night/per unit
  • There are 93 outlets total (11 50-amp., 62 30-amp., 20 20-amp. outlets)
  • Free RV dump station. Water is available on the grounds
  • 2 on-site buildings available for rent, one with full kitchen facilities

Disc Golf

In 1999, a nine hole Frisbee golf course was added through a joint effort of the City of Fort Scott and the Kiwanis Club of Fort Scott.


  • Two fishing lakes available at Gunn Park
  • From October 15th to April 15th, Fern Lake is stocked with trout.
  • A Kansas fishing license and a trout license is required
  • Fishing PermitA State of Kansas fishing license is required for anyone over the age of 16 years old.


There are several playground areas located throughout the park with updated equipment.


Approximately, 6.5 miles of single track, mountain bike trails have been added in the timber, and along the Marmaton River. These trails provide adventure and exercise for mountain bike riders, trail runners as well as hikers.

Shelter Houses

Gunn Park has 7 shelter houses, 4 are enclosed shelters and 3 are open shelters. Shelters can be reserved at City Hall.


  • June 3, 1910 – WC. Gunn gives Fern Lake and the Stewart Farm to the City of Fort Scott for a park.
  • The first shelter house of stone was built in 1910 on the first lake (Fern Lake).
  • There was a large wood theater building on the other side of Fern Lake with a seating capacity of 800. During special events such as July 4th, the street cars would take as many as 10,000 people to the park in one day.

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