Shawnee County Parks + Recreation’s newest attraction, the Lake Shawnee Adventure Cove, opens July 26.The Adventure Cove features themed paddle boats including dragons, pirate ships, ducks and swans. Canoe and kayak rentals return to Lake Shawnee at the Adventure Cove. Water trikes and paddle boards are also available for rental by the half-hour.
Operating hours are:
Monday 11a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tuesday 11a.m. to 7 p.m.
Wednesday 11a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
“We are excited to bring Shawnee County residents and visitors an exciting, new attraction,” said John Knight, SCP+R director. “With public input into the type of amenities they wanted to see, we have rebranded and repurposed the beach area of Lake Shawnee into an attraction that meets today’s recreational standards.”
The Adventure Cove is at the location of the former Lake Shawnee Swim Beach and fits the SCP+R Master Plan’s “Land Use” objective of completing the master plan for Lake Shawnee that incorporates the addition of attractions to improve a diversity of opportunity and productivity of use.
As respondents to a public survey desired a beach at the Adventure Cove, the beach area will remain open. No swimming will be allowed in 2018, but swimming will be allowed in 2019 after water quality improvements are made.
Patrons will still enter through the bathhouse building where they may change clothes, choose a watercraft to rent and purchase concessions. Patrons will then walk down a pathway to the docks where the various watercrafts will be stationed.
Rental rates (per half-hour) are:
Paddle boat (two-person) $8
Paddle boat (four-person) $10
Water trikes $10
Paddle boards $8
Paddle boat (two-person) $10
Paddle boat (four-person) $12
Water trikes $12
Paddle boards $10
Shawnee County Parks + Recreation includes nearly 60 miles of trails, 2,625 acres of parks and 320 annual days of sporting activities. In addition, the department offers recreation programs, educational programs and golf. A combination of tax dollars, user fees and private donations enables Shawnee County Parks and Recreation to offer parks, sporting and aquatic facilities with state-of-the-art features, and beautiful, nationally recognized gardens.
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