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FHSU Profile – Recreation

At modern-day Fort Hays State University, physical opportunities encompass a wide range of activities. Through its intramural program, Fort Hays State provides a broad, competitive variety of physical and social activities in first-class venues that are designed to meet the diverse needs and interests of students, faculty and staff.

In addition, members of the University community are encouraged to use the Wellness Center in Cunningham Hall, with its state-of-the-art fitness facilities. There is no charge, and the Center also offers free personal training and nutritional counseling.

Hays Medical Center also operates a state-of-the-art Center for Health Improvement, a fitness center accredited by the Medical Fitness Association. pool photo

Hays has two fully irrigated, 18-hole golf courses – Smoky Hill Country Club and Fort Hays Municipal Golf Course. Public courses are also located in the nearby communities of Russell, Ellis and WaKeeney.

The Hays area is richly endowed with a wealth of other outdoor recreational opportunities, from unsurpassed upland game hunting to scenic walking, running and bike trails.

Hays is home to several fitness-focused trails:

  • Hays Medical Center – just east of the hospital;
  • Aubel-Bickle Park;
  • Downtown Fitness Walk; and
  • Frontier Park.

The city of Hays has also begun developing a system of bike paths that will connect schools, parks and other attractions.

Northwest Kansas is known as “The Pheasant Capital of the World.” The region is also popular for dove, prairie dog, coyote, quail, waterfowl, prairie chicken, wild turkey and deer hunting. Hays serves as a great overnight location for hunters, with more than 1,000 motel rooms, more than 60 restaurants and numerous sports supply businesses.

The city is located midway between two premier fishing reservoirs: Cedar Bluff to the west and Lake Wilson to the east. Recognized for excellent striped bass and smallmouth bass angling, Lake Wilson is a 9,040-acre lake conveniently located north of I-70. Cedar Bluff, a 6,000-acre lake, 13 miles south of I-70, features outstanding fishing for crappie, black bass, bluegill and catfish.

Hays Recreation Commission


The Hays Recreation Commission offers youth sports such as softball, baseball, soccer, tennis and basketball. Life-enrichment classes, day camps and other programs for kids are also available throughout the year. For the professional set, HRC offers group fitness classes and adult sports such as softball and volleyball.

The commission also manages the new Hays Sports Complex and Hays Aquatic Park.


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