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: Blake Klema

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: 03/31/2015

Keith Sebelius Reservoir/ Norton Wildlife Area News

SPRING HABITAT PROJECTS

Department staff has once again been busy this spring!  The brome conversion project is still in full stride and looking promising!  The 2014 project site is looking good for upland nesting and with a little rain will provide some great brood habitat.

The early intensive grazing system will continue in 2015 on different acres of brome grass.  Grazing is being utilized as another tool to help in the fight against smooth brome!  The animals will be on the property from April 1 until the middle of June. 

Approximately 200 acres of smooth brome was treated with glyphosate in the fall of 2014.  Glyphosate is used to set back the brome grass to allow for the release of existing native grasses as well as beneficial forb species.  

90 more acres of treated brome grass are to be seeded to a native warm season grass and forb mix.  With any luck, some much needed moisture will come to our area and help the new grass establish.  All seed was purchased by the local Norton Longspur chapter of Pheasants Forever!  The National Wild Turkey Federation also provided funding for the project through a superfund grant awarded in the fall of 2014.  With out the help of PF and NWTF the large scale brome project would not be possible!

One buffer was planted on the west end of the property on a field bordering the Prairie Dog Creek.  Plans are being drawn up for more buffer work in the fall.

Some new firebreaks have been installed on various locations.  The firebreaks will be used to help with controlled burns when the burn ban is lifted.  The firebreaks will also provide some needed brood habitat when left to grow to annual weeds.   

Norton Wildlife Area –Spring Hunting Forecast

The turkeys have been slowly showing back up after a pressure filled fall hunting season.  Most of the birds will move off the area starting in October and remain on private land through out the winter months.  The birds then slowly return starting in the early spring.  Several hens and jakes have been seen running around the south side with a few old toms mixed in.  Look for the early season to be a success for the first hunters on the property.  The drought has had a negative effect on the birds, but they were able to have a semi-successful hatch in the spring of 2014.  Hopefully weather will cooperate with us this year and make things a little easier on the birds!  Please feel free to contact the Area Office with any hunting questions. 

General Information

Wildlife Manager: Blake Klema

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)

County/Counties:

Norton WA (PDF 655.55 kB)

Wildlife Manager: Blake Klema

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
Horseshoe
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: No
  • Reservable Sites: No
  • Primitive Camping: 1
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Three Jakes
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: No
  • Reservable Sites: No
  • Primitive Camping: 1
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Sand Pit
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: No
  • Reservable Sites: No
  • Primitive Camping: 1
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Schoen's Cove
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: No
  • Reservable Sites: No
  • Primitive Camping: 1
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Longspur
  • Camping Available: Yes
  • ADA Camping Available: No
  • Reservable Sites: No
  • Primitive Camping: 1
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Norton Waterfowl Report - 03/31/2015
Waterfowl numbers All migrant geese have moved on. 
Water level Sebelius Reservoir is currently 16.4 feet below conservation pool.
Hunting conditions 100% open water
Expected hunting success Water levels are once again down from last year.  Some vegetation had time to establish on the shoreline towards the west end so hunters will have a few more places to hide this fall.  Nearly 300 geese have been banded and released on the property.
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.     

DUCK/DARK GOOSE SEASON CLOSED

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