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REQUIRED Starting September 1st, 2015: Hunters and trappers must check-in using iSportsman prior to using Hillsdale Wildlife Area

Habitat types include a mix of cropland, woodland, and warm and cool season grasses. Common woodland species include, oak, sycamore, cottonwood, walnut, hackberry, ash, elm, hickory and eastern red cedar. Plum, sumac, and dogwood are common shrubs. During construction of Hillsdale Reservoir more than 70 percent of the standing timber was left within the reservoir basin to provide fish habitat. Walleye, catfish, largemouth bass, crappie, and bluegill are abundant. Approximately 4,500 acres of water and 51 miles of shoreline are open to fishing. Roughly 7,000 acres are open to hunting at Hillsdale within the Wildlife area and State Park. Common wildlife includes: whitetail deer, bobwhite quail, squirrel, rabbit, beaver, muskrat, and a variety of waterfowl. Birdwatchers that venture to Hillsdale will see Bald Eagles, shorebirds, finches, warblers, sparrows, and hawks. One hundred acres of shallow water habitat for shorebirds and waterfowl is provided by man made wetlands in the Big Bull, Little Bull and Wade Branch drainages of the reservoir.

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Area News - Updated: 08/20/2015

Hillsdale Wildlife Area News

REQUIRED starting September 1, 2015 - Hunters and trappers must check-in using iSportsman prior to using Hillsdale Wildlife Area

Dove Fields (All Fields Non-Toxic Shot Only):

Eight fields will be available at Hillsdale for dove hunters in 2015. Despite heavy rains in May and June, 3 sunflower, 1 millet, and 4 harvested wheat fields should provide plenty of opportunities for hunters. 

Sunflowers

1) Novice/Youth-Mentor Field (Sept 1 - 6). Located near Wade Branch access on the west side of Hillsdale Lake. Nine acre field on south side of 255th St, west of Waverly Rd. Our best looking sunflower field. Starting September 7th this field will be open to all hunters. 

2) Located northeast of Wade Branch access. Half mile hike east of Waverly Rd. Ten-acre field did not produce as well as hoped but will provide opportunities and likely will see less hunting pressure. 

3) Located near the intersection of Waverly Rd and 247th st north of Wade Branch access. Twelve-acre field. 

Millet - Millet field has produced very little seed and likely will be poor for dove hunting. 

1) Japanese millet field located about 2 miles west of US Highway 169 on south side of 223rd St. Quarter mile hike south of parking area across low water crossing. 

Wheat - Only 2 of 4 wheat fields have been harvested as of 8/20/2015. Remaining fields are expected to be mowed and burned before September 5th.

1) Sixteen acres of harvested wheat on north side of Smith Creek access road, half mile west of Gardner Rd. 

2) Twenty-three acre field on south side of Gardner Rd, east of Hillsdale Point access but west of Tontzville Bridge. 

3) Five acre field located just south of #2 wheat field. Access from Hillsdale Point roads

4) Thirty-four acre field located on north side of 223rd St, 2 miles west of US Highway 169. 

See Hillsdale Wildlife Area Facebook page for detailed dove field maps

Wetlands

Antioch Marsh - Expected to be excellent in 2015. Abundant quality forage (smartweed, arrowhead, duckweed) and plenty of water.

Browns Marsh, lower pool - Expected to be very good in 2015. Seeded Japanese millet in July and beginning to refill in August. Smartweeds and rushes abundant.

Browns Marsh , upper pool - Water was held in upper pool to permit timely filling of lower pool and favor desired plant species. This process was delayed longer than expected by heavy rains that continued to fill the lower pool and prevent drying. Plenty of water and some smartweed. Expected to be good, especially early in the 2015 season.

Youth-Mentor Marsh - We were able to catch and hold some precipitation in the absence of the ability to pump. Japanese millet was seeded in July. New pump ramp excavation expected to start in late August of this year. Expected to be good for mid-late season hunting. 

Please contact Eric Kilburg with questions: 913-783-4507.

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Hillsdale Reservoir & WA (PDF 860.55 kB)

Manager: Eric Kilburg
Phone: (913) 783-4507


Special Regulations
  • REQUIRED September 1, 2015 - Hunters and trappers must check-in using iSportsman
  • Non-toxic shot required at all dove fields (sunflowers, wheat, and millet) 
  • Camping is permitted only within the State Park designated campgrounds.
  • Off road vehicle use and target shooting is prohibited.
  • Consult Office and area information signs regarding additional regulations.
  • Special Handicapped hunting is available within designated areas, contact the Hillsdale State Park Office (913-783-4507).
  • Attention: Trapping is authorized in areas open to hunting.

Here is a complete list of Public Land Regulations or you can download the regulation summary.

History

Hillsdale is one of the newest reservoirs in Kansas. Originally authorized in 1954 and completed in 1982, the reservoir is part of a comprehensive flood control plan for the Osage and Missouri River basins. In 1989 the Corps of Engineers leased 12,880 acres to the Kansas Wildlife and Parks to be managed for recreation and natural resources. The Wildlife Area includes roughly 5,000 acres located on the northern arms of the Little Bull and Big Bull Creeks.

Hillsdale Facilities
Little Bull Creek Wetlands
Little Bull Creek Wetlands
  • Type of Facility: wetland
  • Location of Facility: N38 38 54.424 W94 53 48.396

Wade Branch Wetlands
Wade Branch Wetlands
  • Type of Facility: wetland
  • Location of Facility: N38 40 7.716 W94 56 34.453

Browns Wetland
Browns Wetlands
  • Type of Facility: wetland
  • Location of Facility: N38 42 50.554 W94 52 5.598

Antioch Wetland
  • Type of Facility: wetland
  • Location of Facility: N38 43 5.83 W94 57 57.995
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    A roughly 40 acre wetland established for wildlife hunting, viewing and non-source pollution control in Hillsdale Reservoir. The wetland was funded thru Kansas Wildlife and Parks, the Miami County Conservation District, and Ducks Unlimited.


Hillsdale Refuge
  • Type of Facility: Refuge
  • Location of Facility: N38 42 25.001 W94 58 36.236
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    Three hundred acre waterfowl refuge closed from Oct 15 thru Jan 15 to all activities.


Wade Branch South Access
  • Type of Facility: Parking Area
  • Location of Facility: 38.67276 -94.94662
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Wade Branch Boat Launch
  • Type of Facility: Small Boat Launch
  • Location of Facility: 38.66557 -94.94527
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    Boat launching area (dirt surface) and parking at 255th and Waverly Road on west side of Reservoir.


Wade Branch North Access
  • Type of Facility: Parking Area
  • Location of Facility: 38.67647 -94.94641
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Tontzville and Harmony Parking
  • Type of Facility: Parking Area
  • Location of Facility: 38.68961 -94.88485
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    Parking Access on east side of Reservoir north of Tontzvill Rd and Harmony Rd.


Rock Creek Jon Boat Launch
  • Type of Facility: Small Boat Launch
  • Location of Facility: 38.69980 -94.98313
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    Small Jon boat and canoe launching area (dirt surface) into Rock Creek on West side of Reservoir. No Ramp is available.


Spooncreek and 223rd parking
  • Type of Facility: Parking Area
  • Location of Facility: 38.72357 -94.97040
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Shippie Access
  • Type of Facility: Parking Area
  • Location of Facility: 38.74199 -94.97074
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Smith Creek Access
  • Type of Facility: Parking Area
  • Location of Facility: 38.69502 -94.94191
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    Parking and access from Gardner Rd and 239th street.


Clair and 240th Access
  • Type of Facility: Parking Area
  • Location of Facility: 38.69292 -94.87832
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    Parking Access on east side of Reservoir near Clair Rd and 240th.


Cedar Niles Boat Launch
  • Type of Facility: Small Boat Launch
  • Location of Facility: 38.70354 -94.88958
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    Small boat and canoe launching area (dirt surface).


Lonestar and Tontzvill Rd Parking
  • Type of Facility: Parking Area
  • Location of Facility: 38.69313 -94.89870
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West Hillsdale Point Access
  • Type of Facility: Parking Area
  • Location of Facility: 38.68724 -94.92353
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Hillsdale Point Access
  • Type of Facility: Parking Area
  • Location of Facility: 38.68794 -94.91881
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Big Bull West Parking
  • Type of Facility: Parking Area
  • Location of Facility: 38.71084 -94.97409
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Big Bull East Parking
  • Type of Facility: Parking Area
  • Location of Facility: 38.71026 -94.96571
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South Little Bull Access
  • Type of Facility: Parking Area
  • Location of Facility: 38.72342 -94.87370
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    Parking and access west of Little Bull Creek south of 223rd Street.


Brown Parking and Access
  • Type of Facility: Parking Area
  • Location of Facility: 38.70941 -94.87259
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    Parking adjacent to wetlands east of Little Bull Creek on 231st Terr.


247th and Waverly boat launch
  • Type of Facility: Small Boat Launch
  • Location of Facility: 38.68273 -94.94736
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    Small jon boat and canoe launching area (dirt surface). Uses old unpaved road surface as launching ramp.


Bev Lou Access
  • Type of Facility: Parking Area
  • Location of Facility: 38.70956 -94.88490
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North Little Bull Access
  • Type of Facility: Parking Area
  • Location of Facility: 38.72414 -94.86735
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Hillsdale Waterfowl Report - 08/20/2015
Waterfowl Numbers Few blue-winged teal have been seen on wetlands
Water Level

Antioch Wetland - Nearly full. Excellent forage plants (smartweed, arrowhead, duckweed)

Browns Wetland, Upper pool - 3/4 full and falling as water is being used to flood lower pool. 

Browns Wetland, Lower pool - 1/2 full. Excellent forage plants (millet and smartweed)

Youth-Mentor Wetland - Low. Excavation of new pump ramp scheduled for late August. 

Hillsdale Lake - Normal elevation (See Army Corps Daily Report). 

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