Chisholm Creek Park

Great Egret

Great Egrets and other wading birds may be seen in the wetlands.


Muskrat are often seen in the park.

Jesse Chisholm sign

Eleven interpretive signs along the hiking trail provide information about the plants, animals and human history of the area.

Annual Asters

Annual aster provides a splash of color
in the autumn.

Chisholm Creek Park is one of the largest parks in Wichita.  It has habitats that are representative of most of the major habitat types in the Great Plains.  In its 282 acres are 2 1/2 miles of paved trails which cross native and restored prairies, wetlands, ponds and woodlands.  All these trails are handicapped accessible. The park is managed to maintain the diversity and quality of the habitat.

In Chisholm Creek Park may be found at least:

bullet125 species of wildflowers
bullet38 species of trees and shrubs
bullet20 species of mammals
bullet160 species of birds
bullet21 species of reptiles and amphibians
bullet13 species of fish

Access to the park is either through the park entrance at 3228 N. Oliver or from the main parking lot at the Great Plains Nature Center.  The park is open every day and is closed from sundown to sunrise.  There are two picnic shelters at the Oliver entrance which are available first-come, first-served, or they may be reserved for special events.  For information on making a reservation, see this web page or call (316) 268-4361.

In order to preserve the natural features of the area, certain regulations are in place.  Please respect the park and keep it a good home for wildlife in Wichita.

bulletPets, bicycles, skateboards and skating (ice or roller) are prohibited within the park.
bulletHarassment or capture of animals is prohibited.
bulletCollection of plants, seeds or flowers is prohibited.
bulletFishing is allowed only in two areas.
1. Island Pond, downhill from the nature center - - - artificial lures only, all fish caught must be released.  Fishing is not allowed from the bridges within the wetland area, nor anywhere east of the west bridge.
2. Chisholm Lake, on the north side of K-96 - - - please observe posted regulations.
- A valid Kansas fishing license is required.

Click on this symbol binoculars graphic within the map below for a view of the park!

For a printable version of the map, click here.

Up Koch Habitat Hall Chisholm Creek Park Coleman Auditorium

Questions or comments?  Send Email to Jim Mason Spidey
Or write us at: 
Great Plains Nature Center
6232 E. 29th Street North
Wichita, KS 67220-2200             Call:  316-683-5499            Fax:  316-688-9555


Click on the binoculars for a view of the park!