Grab your beach chair, and a nice tall cool one, and be pleasantly surprised by the miles of shoreline in state reservoirs and lakes, affording lots of Midwest family fun for beachcombing, hiking, boating, bird watching and more...
25 miles southwest of Wichita, for example, Lake Afton Park features a 258-acre man-made lake with swimming, fishing, and action-packed sporting areas for water skiing and boating.
In Kansas City's backyard, check out Shawnee Mission Park - one of the state's most popular offering a swimming beach and bathhouse concessions, sailboarding, fishing, boating, horseback riding, and more. Located in Olathe, Kill Creek Park is another cool spot offering a swimming beach, marina, and 12 miles of hiking trails.
The best beach in the state? Although many Kansans may have their personal favorite, according to a survey by USA Today in 2012, the top pick was the beach at Scott State Park in Scott City.
Just up ahead, check out more information on where to cool down when the temperatures rise in Kansas, with guides to lake beaches and shorelines offering top locations to 'chill' the whole summer long...
More about Kansas beaches and lakes around the Web:
Kansas City District Lakes - Check out facts, pictures & weather reports at area lakes, including detailed information on swimming, boating, camping and fishing spots.
Creek State Park - Explore a hundred miles of wooded shoreline with a swimming beach, camping areas, an 18-hole golf course, boat launching ramps, scenic picnic areas, equestrian trails, with more info available in a downloadable brochure.
Cedar Bluff State Park - There's something for everyone, besides the scenic beauty shown here in photos including acres of camping, hunting, fishing, swimming, boating, hiking and more with driving directions and downloadable map and brochure.
Milford State Park - Located near Junction City on the shores of the state's largest lake, 16,000-acre Milford Reservoir, Milford State Park features modern campgrounds and swimming beaches.
Pearson-Skubitz Big Hill Lake - Discover "Little Ozarks" area history near Cherryvale with information on Big Hill Lake attractions, including the Mound Valley swimming beach, horse trails & campgrounds.