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    Sailboaters enjoy a leisurely afternoon at Lake Scott earlier this summer. (Record Photo)
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    A lone goose makes the long walk across a frozen Lake Scott to join his companions on Friday morning. (Record Photo)
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    Fishing and kayaking were just two of the activities that made Lake Scott State Park a popular destination for a record-setting number of visitors during 2020. (Record Photo)

the great escape

Record-shattering year for visitors, revenue at Lake Scott

Most people will agree there was very little they wish to remember from 2020.

In a year that was brutal for most parts of the economy, there were a handful of exceptions. Businesses that catered to outdoor life - from fishing equipment to recreational vehicles - enjoyed a banner year as people rediscovered nature.

That was reflected in record-setting attendance and revenue at state parks across Kansas, including Lake Scott State Park.

“Keeping the parks open was one of the best decisions the state could have made,” says Lake Scott Park Manager Greg Mills. “People needed somewhere to go and I truly believe that our parks became a refuge that was great not just for everyone’s physical health, but their mental health as well.”

Prior to 2020, the single biggest revenue year for Lake Scott was $234,000. Lake Scott, combined with the first full year of operation for Little Jerusalem/Badlands State Park, saw revenue of more than $423,000.








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