Gunn Park

Gunn Park

Gunn Park
1010 Park Avenue

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 enclosed shelters is $10.00 and $5.00 for the open shelters.

There are 14 camping sites with electricity and water. The charge is $8.00 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.100_0476

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