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Council-Grove is located in east-central Kansas, in Morris County. It serves as the county seat and has a population of approximately 2.300 residents. It was named after an agreement between European Americans and the Osage Indian tribe that allowed settlers wagon trains to pass through the area and proceed to the West. Pioneers gathered at a grove of trees so that wagons could band together for their trip west. This area, which is now Council Grove, was one of the last stops on the Santa Fe Trail heading southwest. The town was incorporated in 1858. American settler, Seth Hays, who was a grandson of Daniel Boone, opened a restaurant in 1857, the Hays House, which is said to be the oldest continuously operating restaurant west of the Mississippi River. Council Grove has 13 sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A Council Grove Historic Tour brochure takes you on a self-guided tour of 24 historic sites. Guided tours available for groups of ten or more. You can pick up a copy at the Council Grove/Morris County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism office at 207 W Main Street. Brochures are also available at several businesses and historic sites in the city. Both the Council Grove Reservoir and the City Lake are popular for recreational activities. While both lakes are open to the public and motorized boats, most of the land around the City Lake is privately owned with around one hundred lake houses. Both lakes offer excellent fishing for walleye, crappie, white bass, and many other species.

Surrounding areas: Strong City, Kansas (18.4 mi), Cottonwood Falls, Kansas (20.1 mi), Emporia, Kansas (24.4 mi), Junction City, Kansas (31.6 mi), Marion, Kansas (35.7 mi), Burlingame, Kansas (36.0 mi), Manhattan, Kansas (36.4 mi)

Council Grove Vacation Rentals

Council Grove Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Grand Central Hotel215 BroadwayCottonwood Falls, KS20.1 mi.(620) 273-6763
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites2921 W 18TH AveEmporia, KS22.1 mi.(620) 341-9393
Comfort Inn2836 W 18th AveEmporia, KS22.2 mi.(620) 342-9700
Fairfield Inn2930 Eaglecrest DrEmporia, KS22.2 mi.(620) 342-4445
Emporia Travelodge Conference Center2700 W 18TH StEmporia, KS22.4 mi.(620) 343-2200
Motel 62630 W 18TH AveEmporia, KS22.4 mi.(620) 343-1240
Econo Lodge2511 W 18th StEmporia, KS22.5 mi.(620) 343-7750
Americas Best Value Inn2913 W Hwy 50Emporia, KS24.4 mi.(620) 342-7567
Candlewood Suites Emporia2602 Candlewood DrEmporia, KS24.4 mi.(620) 343-7756
Days Inn3032 W Hwy 50Emporia, KS24.4 mi.(620) 342-1787
Quality Inn3021 W Hwy 50Emporia, KS24.4 mi.(620) 342-3770
Bed & Breakfast
Flint Hills Bed & Breakfast613 W Main StCouncil Grove, KS (620) 767-6655

Council Grove Weather & Climate

East-central Kansas has a humid sub-tropical climate. Over the course of a year, temperatures range from an average low of 15 degrees F. in January to an average high of nearly 93 degrees F. in July. The temperature falls below the freezing point an average of 188 days per year. Typically the first fall freeze occurs between the last week of September and the end of October, and the last spring freeze occurs between the first week of April and early May. The area receives 35 inches of precipitation per year, with the most in May and June. Snow depth of at least one inch occurs an average of 20 days per year. Severe weather is possible, in the form of thunderstorms and tornadoes. Thunderstorms may produce large hail and lightening.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 36°F 15°F 0.83 in. -
February 43°F 20°F 0.98 in. -
March 54°F 31°F 2.63 in. -
April 65°F 42°F 3.20 in. -
May 74°F 52°F 4.92 in. -
June 84°F 61°F 4.25 in. -
July 90°F 66°F 4.15 in. -
August 89°F 64°F 3.63 in. -
September 80°F 55°F 3.10 in. -
October 69°F 42°F 2.38 in. -
November 53°F 30°F 2.23 in. -
December 41°F 20°F 1.20 in. -

Council Grove Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Manhattan Regional airport (MHK) located about 34 miles northwest of Council Grove in Manhattan, Kansas, Forbes Field (FOE) located approximately 48 miles east of Council Grove in Topeka, Kansas, the Newton City County airport (EWK) located roughly 59 miles southwest of Council Grove in Newton, Kansas, and finally the Salina Municipal airport (SLN) located around 63 miles west of Council Grove in Salina, Kansas.

Council Grove Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
JoylandWichitaKS81.2 mi.
Water Parks
Golfland-Sunsplash ParkOlatheKS91.4 mi.
Oceans of FunKansas CityMO107.3 mi.
Golf Courses
Herington Country ClubHeringtonKS24.2 mi.
Emporia Municipal Golf CourseEmporiaKS24.7 mi.
State Parks
Geary County State ParkKS25.8 mi. 
Milford State ParkKS37.5 mi. 
Kaw Mission State Historical SiteCouncil GroveKS(History)
Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State UniversityManhattanKS36.4 mi.(Art)
Goodnow House State Historic SiteManhattanKS36.4 mi.(History)
Kansas Museum of HistoryTopekaKS51.3 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Emporia ZooEmporiaKS24.4 mi.
Sunset Zoological ParkManhattanKS36.4 mi.
Topeka Zoological ParkTopekaKS51.3 mi.
Sedgwick County ZooWichitaKS81.2 mi.
Hutchinson ZooHutchinsonKS88.3 mi.
Kansas City Zoological GardensKansas CityMO107.3 mi.

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