Everyone needs to begin somewhere and this is a great place to start! Lyon County State Fishing Lake, or Reading Lake to the locals, is close to Emporia and provides great camping for free. For your convenience, outhouses are located on the North side of the lake, noted on the map. There is not fresh water, so you must carry all your own (for drinking and cooking) or bring a water filtration system to get water out of the lake. There are also no amenities for food, but hey, you’re out here to learn how to rough it after all, right!? Again, this is a great place to start as the distance is short and you will remain close to Emporia.
We highly recommend beginners and veterans alike check out bikepacking.com for tips and tid bits on successful outings.