Perry Wildlife Area

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Much of Perry Wildlife Area lies within the Perry Reservoir flood pool, thus flooding is not uncommon. The Delaware River bisects the area from north to south with several small creeks feeding it. The area has a diversity of habits with interspersion of Oak-Hickory woodlands, warm and cool season grasslands, man-made wetlands, and several acres of cropland.

In the mid 1970's, 11 marsh complexes were built. Two additional marshes were developed after 2000. These marshes provide about 1,000 acres of wetland habitats. The Kyle and West River marshes can be pumped from the Delaware River to provide habitat for migratory birds during dry years. All other wetlands depend on natural run off, thus water levels may vary from year to year.

Moist soils management is conducted on all marshes which uses water level fluctuations to manage for desirable wetland vegetation beneficial to migratory birds. Periodically, some marshes will be drained in order to conduct dike repairs and control invading woody vegetation and cattails. Management of upland habitats over the years has consisted of converting croplands and cool season grasses to native warm season grasses and forbs, planting of shrub plots, selective cutting of invading woody vegetation, and prescribed burning to stimulate native warm season grasses and forbs.

White-tailed deer and wild turkey are plentiful on the area. Waterfowl numbers vary depending on available habitat, but the area has supported large numbers during both the fall and spring migrations. Mourning dove numbers vary yearly depending on nesting conditions. Ring-necked pheasant can be found on the area with good numbers on the area. Bobwhite quail populations are good on the area, but a good dog is needed due to the dense vegetation. Squirrel and cottontail rabbit numbers are generally healthy and provide some of the most under utilized hunting opportunities on the area.

Non-game species are very plentiful on the area and provide some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities. A wide array of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians can be found on the area.

Fishing for catfish, white bass, and crappie in the Delaware River are also popular activities. Trapping which is allowed on the area, can be a very successful venture due to the wide array of furbearer habitats.

Special Features

  • Handicapped hunting area. Written permission required from manager.
  • Mentor/Youth hunting area designated for youth 16 years and younger accompanied by no more than one adult per youth.
  • Delaware River Boat Ramp located south of Valley Falls.
  • Perry W.A. is heavily used due to its proximity to major metropolitan areas. Opening days and weekends of all seasons are busiest.
7760 174th Street
Valley Falls,KS    66088
Area News - Updated: 08/10/2015

Nine managed Dove fields are located on the Perry Wildlife Area totaling 90 acres. ALL DOVE FIELDS ON PERRY WILDLIFE AREA ARE NON-TOXIC SHOT ONLY.All fields on the area are mixed fields with sunflower centers and wheat borders except one 5.5 acre field off Headwater Road which is millet, one field located at the corner of 186th and Finney just northwest of Reichart marsh which is millet, and one 3 acre field north of the Area Office which is all sunflowers.  Two fields are located north of 190th.  The east field will be open to all access, and the west field will open Thursday September 3rd. Two fields totaling 12 acres will be located just north of the Area Office.  Two fields totaling 14.5 acres will be located northwest of the intersection of Finney and 170th.  And the last field is located on the southwest corner of Ferguson and 154th Street in the Youth and Mentor/Handicapped field.   Each adult must be accompanied by an actively hunting youth to be hunting this field.

Maintain safe shooting distances between hunting parties and always know what lies beyond your target. It is highly recommended that hunters where safety/shooting glasses within the dove fields to prevent potential injury due to falling pellets. Also, the sunflower/wheat combination fields are designed for hunters to sit in the standing sunflowers in the middle of the field and shoot outward, this will greatly reduce the potential for injury.

Detailed maps and information will be posted on the Perry Wildlife Area web page.

Perry Wildlife Area is changing to the electronic permitting system iSportsman starting September 1st, 2015. This system, which will streamline data gathering for management purposes and be convenient for hunters, is taking the place of the old paper dove survey card system. Hunters can register at any time by going to, and clicking on “Register” to create a permit. Once you obtain a permit and are ready to hunt, click on login, then enter login ID and password. After you are done hunting, you can sign out. You are also able to check-in/check-out by telephone or smart phone. Hunters are strongly encouraged to use iSportsman; however, one dove survey card station will be located at the area office for those unable to use the electronic system.

For additional information go to: or call Public Lands Section at 620-672-5911.








Field #1:Non-Toxic shot only. Refuge field closed to public until September 3rd. The West field located north of 190th Rd. 13 acres of sunflower/wheat.

Field #2: Non-Toxic shot only. East field located north of 190th Rd. 20 acres of sunflower/wheat.

Field #3: Non-Toxic shot only. Located at the corner of 186th and Finney just northwest of Reichart marsh, 13 acres of millet.

Field #4: Non-Toxic shot only.Located off Headwater Rd. 5.5 acres of millet.

Field #5: Non-Toxic shot only.Field located North of area office, 9 acres of sunflower/wheat.

Field #6: Non-Toxic shot only.Field located immediately north of area office, 3 acres of sunflowers.

Field #7: Non- Toxic shot only.Field located south of area office off Finney Rd. 8 acres of sunflower/wheat.

Field #8: Non-Toxic shot only. Field located just west of the intersection of 170th and Finney Rd. 8 acres of sunflowers/wheat.

Field #9: Non-Toxic shot only. Field located on the southwest corner of Ferguson and 154th Street in the Youth and Mentor/Handicapped field.  Each adult must be accompanied by an actively hunting youth to be hunting this field.

General Information
7760 174th Street
Valley Falls, KS    66088

Perry Reservoir & WA (PDF 899.25 kB)

Manager: Andrew Page

Phone: 785-945-6615

Special Regulations
  • Camping, horse-back riding, ATV riding, and target shooting are prohibited activities. See Public Lands Regulations Summary for additional restrictions.
  • All vehicles must stay on maintained roads and parking areas. Off-road driving is prohibited.
  • Please do not park in front of or block gates and field accesses.
  • Refuge areas are closed to all activities from October 1 through January 15.
  • Motorized boats are prohibited from use on all marshes except for the east and west pools of the Kyle marsh complex.

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


The Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks has leased 10,500 acres of land at the north end of the Perry Reservoir Project from the U.S.Corps of Engineers since 1970. The area is operated and managed by the Department for wildlife management and public hunting opportunities.

Perry Facilities
Delaware River Boat Ramp
  • Type of Facility: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: N39 19.114 W095 26.490
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    Boat ramp is located on the Delaware River.

Lassiter Marsh

Northwest Marsh

Hayward Marsh
  • Type of Facility: marsh
  • Location of Facility: N39 22.783 W095 30.094
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    20 acre wetland

Headquarters Marsh

Reichart Marsh

Kyle Marsh
  • Type of Facility: marsh
  • Location of Facility: N39 17.741 W095 27.082
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    300 acre wetland complex including marsh and oxbow.

West River Marsh
  • Type of Facility: marsh
  • Location of Facility: N39 18.692 W095 26.650
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    200 acre wetland complex

Upper Ferguson Marsh

Lower Ferguson Marsh
  • Type of Facility: marsh
  • Location of Facility: N39 17.860 W095 25.291
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    100 acre wetland

East River Marsh

Mitigation Marsh

Perry Waterfowl Report - 02/02/2016
Waterfowl numbers
A waterfowl survey was conducted on 2/02/16, a large number of Mallards and Pintails have moved into the area with the recent warmer weather. Also, good numbers of dark geese are still around and spreading out now with most waters opened back up that were previously frozen. The Delaware River and Perry Lake are both back open with very little ice coverage now.
Kyle West water level picked up significantly and launching of smaller flat bottom boats with surface drive engines appears possible at this time. Use caution when dropping into this unit as it will still have some shallow spots out from the ramp before you hit deeper water further into the unit.  
Mallard Migration Rank = 9 (0 = no mallards 10 = peak migration)
Lake level 0.3 feet above conservation pool.
Habitat conditions
All pumping is completed for this season. 

We are currently in the process of working with Ducks Unlimited to apply for a grant to build a Marsh Pump to pump NorthWest and Reichart marshes. We have put some money together from local donors to aid in this project. If you are interested in helping with this project call the Wildlife Area office at (785) 945-6615.

Expected hunting success Fair
Due to late flood events early this summer, we were unable to do much work within most wetlands. Most wetlands are relying on natural vegetation only which was also affected by the late flooding. 
Habitat Condition Rating (HCR): 1-10; 1-Poor habitat, 5-quality habitat, 10-Exceptional habitat

Reminder: Gas powered boats are only allowed on the River, Lake, Sunset Ridge, Kyle East and West and Rucker wetland pools.  Electric powered boats are allowed in all marsh pools.

Kyle: Kyle Marsh East was drained this spring but did not dry all the way out. Quality vegetation growth is primarily in the east pool with some American Lotus beginning to show up along the dike. East- HCR-7 with mostly natural vegetation grew in the East Unit and some Browntop Millet being spread. Kyle West - HCR-5 with invertebrates being the main food source.

You can launch boats into Kyle East currently, however Kyle West is still too low.

West River: An abundance of moist soil plants are growing and areas of mud flats were sown to Browntop Millet and a Sorghum mix. North- HCR-6, South- HCR-6.

Upper Ferguson: Water was held after the flooding leading to fair moist soil vegetation growth with some American Lotus beginning to show up. HCR-6. 

Lassister: West Lassiter pool was drained this spring and worked for corn planting however do to the flooding the corn did not survive.  However, the vegetation response was good. Some water was held in the East unit after the flood, East- HCR-7. West- HCR-7 with some Sorghum mix planted. 

Northwest: Planting corn was also attempted in this unit and failed due to flooding. The East structure is currently still removed and will be installed soon. HCR-7 with some Browntop Millet spread in areas.  

Headquarters: Water was held this spring and the natural vegetation growth has been good. HCR-7.

Mitigation: Mitigation marsh was held this summer. Vegetation growth has been fair. HCR-6.

Hayward: Hayward has been drained all summer but retained moisture with intermittent rains. The vegetation growth has been good this summer with some browntop millet spread. HCR-8.

Reichart: Reichart marsh had water held in the NW unit and the vegetation growth was fair. Water was drained out of the SW and E units and vegetation growth was good. HCR-7. 

Zebra Mussels have been confirmed in the lake. Be sure to dry boats and equipment before moving to other waters.

Perry WA is transitioning to a new daily permit system called iSportsman.  Hunters will need to register via PC prior to hunting at Perry WA. Hunters will be able to login via PC, smartphone, or call in from cell phone or landline phone each day prior to hunting to get a daily permit, and report back similar to the paper daily permits.  Please visit to register prior to hunting season.