Keith Sebelius Reservoir / Norton Wildlife Area

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Norton Wildlife Area, located 3 miles southwest of Norton, comprises Sebelius Reservoir and adjacent lands except for the State Park and Federal Operation Areas. When full, the reservoir totals 2,181 water acres and provides the best natural resource opportunities. As water levels decline, trade offs occur between aquatic and land species and associated recreational opportunities. Constituents are always looking for ways to keep water levels as high as possible in the reservoir.

The area primarily provides great hunting, fishing, and boating. Walk-in access is nearly unlimited. A system of seasonal and permanent roads provides good vehicular access. The only fees required are licenses for fishing, hunting, and boating, which support management of the area.

Wildlife Manager: Luke Winge

Located at 4 miles west and 1 mile south from Norton, KS

A Google Earth Map is now available for the entire property.

Norton Google Map (kmz file)

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Area News - Updated: 11/08/2016

Keith Sebelius Reservoir/ Norton Wildlife Area News

2016 Hunting Updates

With rains in early September bringing the lake level up nearly 3.5 feet there is plenty of flooded vegetation for waterfowl. It provides good cover for birds as well as good places to hide for hunters. 

The brome conversion that has been taking place has provided plenty of brood rearing cover and weedy habitat for upland birds. With timely rains during the growing season the uplands have plenty of grass and forbs for upland species and should provide decent hunts.

The spring rain also helped with fawn rearing for deer. The thick vegetation provides does with areas to hide their fawns and then escape into. This should keep deer on the property and provide lots of opportunity for deer hunters.

There has been a change to the refuge area this year. Please notice that the refuge goes all the way north to the property line and is NOT open to public hunting. We will be holding youth archery hunts in the new portion of the refuge. To enter into the drawing to win one of these hunts please visit ksoutdoors.com and look under the special hunts tab. 

General Information

Wildlife Manager: Luke Winge

Located at 4 miles west and 1 mile south from Norton, KS

A Google Earth Map is now available for the entire property.

Norton Google Map (kmz file)

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Norton WA (PDF 550.69 kB)

Wildlife Manager: Luke Winge

Located at 4 miles west and 1 mile south from Norton, KS

A Google Earth Map is now available for the entire property.

Norton Google Map (kmz file)


History

The Norton Wildlife Area is a reservoir property that is owned by the Bureau of Reclamation, but managed under a long-term agreement by Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism for fish, wildlife, and recreation. The Norton Wildlife Area borders Keith Sebelius Lake which was created in 1964 when the Bureau of Reclamation completed construction of the Norton Dam.

Keith Sebelius Reservoir / Norton Areas

Three Jakes


Schoen's Cove


Norton Waterfowl Report - 12/15/2017
Waterfowl numbers

800 ducks. 500 dark geese. 4000 light geese.

Mallard Migration 3 (1= low 10= high)

Water level Sebelius Reservoir is close to the same elevation as last year. The lake is approximately 12 feet below normal pool.
Hunting conditions With the low water over the latter part of the summer there was lots of exposed mud flats. After getting some rain and coming up most of the mud flats have water over them. This may be hard to walk in and it will be difficult to hide around. Other areas have dead trees and small cottonwoods that may be utilized to hide in. 
Expected hunting success Hunting Success = Moderate
Comments
Norton Reservoir is in the HIGH PLAINS DUCK ZONE

Blinds may be used and must be constructed of natural herbaceous materials or woody debris that are present on the site.  Blinds constructed of non-natural materials must be removed from the property each day.  Please do not bring materials from off-site. 

Teal Season: September 16 - Sept. 24, 2017

Regular Duck Season:  October 7, 2017 - January 1, 2018 AND January 20-28, 2018.

Goose Season: October 28 - 29, 2017 AND Nov 8, 2017 - February 18, 2018

     

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