Elk City Reservoir offers a wide variety of outdoor recreation and forms a lake featuring a shore line nearly 50 miles long, containing over 4,500 acres of water and 12,000 acres of wildlife, in addition to the State Park. The prominent feature of the landscape is the precipitous limestone bluff known as Table Mound. In autumn, the native hardwoods bring an abundance of color to the area, as well. Opportunities include hunting, fishing, camping, boating, swimming, hiking and picnicking.
Elk City Lake offers three attractive park areas open year round with picnicking and camping sites both with and without electricity. The parks also include swimming areas, boat launching ramps, water hydrants, sanitary facilities, showers, fireplaces, playgrounds and group shelters.
Two of the six hiking trails located at Elk City Reservoir are noted for being the first trails in the state of Kansas to receive the National Trails designation. The scenic Elk River Hiking Trail comprises fifteen miles from the west edge of the dam to the bridge on Elk River.