A friendly rural community of 500 people, Glen Elder is nestled at the base of Glen Elder Dam and Waconda Lake in the fertile Solomon River valley and along U.S. Highway 24 in north central Kansas. Waconda Lake provides opportunities for boating and excellent fishing, while the surrounding prairie and fields afford notable hunting for upland game birds, deer and wild turkey. The area is also renowned for its duck and goose hunting.
Glen Elder State Park, located immediately west of town on the north side of the lake, is easily and quickly accessible to everyone in the community. The Park offers both manicured modern and primitive camping facilities and all-weather roads that are open year-round.
School children attend Lakeside schools, Unified School District 272. The unified system services school age children from Glen Elder, Cawker City and Downs, Kansas. The school's mascot is the Knights.
The bright blue skies, clean air, expansive vistas, and glowing sunsets provide a perfect place to escape the stress and hustle of work or urban life. Slipping off to small town America in the very center of the Heartland will give you a sense of returning to simpler times. Children ages K-5th attend Glen Elder’s grade school; middle school aged children attend in Cawker City and high school age attend in Downs. There is also a K-5th grade school in Cawker City.
For travelers with the pioneer spirit, Glen Elder lies halfway between the Santa Fe Trail to the south and Oregon Trail to the north. Twenty day's journey out of Westport, Missouri, by "wagon train" should place you in the vicinity.