Smoky Hill/ Kanopolis Wildlife Area

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Smoky Hill Wildlife Area surrounds a portion of the upper end of Kanopolis Reservoir.

Located approximately 30 miles west of Salina, or 15 miles east of Ellsworth.

Manager: Scott Thomasson
Phone: 785-658-2465

                            CURRENT EVENTS
ATTENTION: The refuge at Smoky Hill Wildlife Area is closed to all activities SEPT 1- JAN 31 except by special permit.  Special Hunts on the refuge include deer, upland bird, and waterfowl.  See below for updates on Special Hunts at Kanopolis.

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Special Hunts: Applications for the 2014-2015 Special Hunts at Smoky Hill Wildlife Area are now CLOSED.  Click here for more information on special hunts or to see what leftover hunts are available.
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200 Horsethief Rd
Marquette,KS    67464
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Smoky Hill Wildlife Area surrounds a portion of the upper end of Kanopolis Reservoir.

Located approximately 30 miles west of Salina, or 15 miles east of Ellsworth.

Manager: Scott Thomasson
Phone: 785-658-2465

                            CURRENT EVENTS
ATTENTION: The refuge at Smoky Hill Wildlife Area is closed to all activities SEPT 1- JAN 31 except by special permit.  Special Hunts on the refuge include deer, upland bird, and waterfowl.  See below for updates on Special Hunts at Kanopolis.

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Special Hunts: Applications for the 2014-2015 Special Hunts at Smoky Hill Wildlife Area are now CLOSED.  Click here for more information on special hunts or to see what leftover hunts are available.
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Special Regulations
  • No camping is allowed in the wildlife area.
  • No vehicle traffic is allowed off the maintained roads.
  • No hunting allowed in the adjacent Kanopolis State Park.
  • Trash in, trash out policy. Take your trash with you.

Special Features:

A refuge/special hunt area along the river is closed to all activities except by special permit from September 1 through January 31. Limited Special Hunts are allowed on the area through a state-wide drawing. Contact the Smoky Hill Wildlife Area Manager at (785) 658-2465.

Several historical sites exist at Smoky Hill Wildlife Area. Do not disturb petroglyphs or other historical sites

Wildlife viewing and photography opportunities are plentiful. In the winter several bald eagles and ospreys fish the river. Songbirds and wildflowers brighten the landscape throughout the area.

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

History

Click HERE to learn about the History of Smoky Hill Wildlife Area

Smoky Hill/ Kanopolis Facilities
Fork Horn Parking Lot
  • Type of Cabin: Parking Lot
  • Location of Facility: 38.653311 -98.024821
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    Parking lot on Ave P. Access to public hunting.


Cedar Ridge Parking Lot
  • Type of Cabin: Parking Lot
  • Location of Facility: 38.638670 -98.055067
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    Parking lot on Ave Q. Located by an old Girl Scout camp. Access to public hunting and special hunt areas on south side of Smoky Hill River..


Stumps Bottoms Parking Lot
  • Type of Cabin: Parking Lot
  • Location of Facility: 38.672048 -98.045255
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    South parking lot on 25th Rd. Access to public hunting and special hunt areas on north side of Smoky Hill River.


Alum Creek Parking Lot
  • Type of Cabin: Parking Lot
  • Location of Facility: 38.705504 -98.039332
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    North parking lot on 25th Road leading to Alum Creek. Multi-use trails are accessable for hiking and bicycling from this parking lot.


Smoky Hill/Kanopolis Waterfowl Report Waterfowl Report
Waterfowl numbers 1200 Ducks both puddle and divers; 300 Canada geese but no light geese observed today (2/5)
Water level 2.5 ft above conservation pool; 1465.5 ft
Mallard Migration Rank

Current rank is 3

This Mallard Migration Rank is subjective and ranges from 0 (no mallards) to 10 (Peak mallard numbers).

Click here to learn more about the Mallard Migration Rank.

Hunting conditions Low plains late zone duck season CLOSED. Goose OPEN. Goose numbers low, feeding on private lands.
   
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Remember the refuge area on the northwest part of the lake is closed SEPT 1- JAN 31 to hunting except by Special Hunt permit.

To track this year's waterfowl migration and post your hunting results visit Ducks Unlimited's Waterfowl Migration Map by clicking the link below:

DU Migration Map