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Fort Scott City Hall:
123 South Main
155 acres of beautifully wooded terrain with many recreational activities for the entire family.
Looking back in time….
June 3, 1910 – W.C. 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.
Gunn Park offers:
7 shelter houses with 4 enclosed shelters and 3 open shelters. The enclosed shelters have electricity and water.
All the shelters have an outside grill for cooking. The cost for reserving the shelters is as follows:
Shelters 1 & 4 - $15.00
Shelters 2, 3, & 6 - $20.00
Shelters 5 & 7 - $25.00
There are 14 camping sites with electricity and water. The charge is $10.00 per night. Tent camping is $5.00 per night.
From October 15th to April 15th Fern Lake is stocked with trout. A Kansas fishing license and a trout license is required.
There are several playground areas located throughout the park with updated equipment.
There are picnic areas located throughout the park also.
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. It was recently made an 18 hole course.
Fishing & Boating
· Fishing permit
$5.00 for ages 16-64
· Boating permit
$25.00 for 25+ hp
$15.00 for 0-24 hp
$6 Row Boat
· 2-day temporary boating permit
$10.00 for 25+ hp
$5.00 for 0-24 hp