Clinton Wildlife Area

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A majority of the land lies within the Clinton Reservoir flood pool. Deer Creek, Rock Creek and the Wakarusa River are the three main drainages into Clinton Lake that flow through the wildlife area. There is a mix of native grassland, deciduous forest and cropland dispersed throughout these drainages.

Two man-made wetland complexes are found on the wildlife area. The oldest is the Coblentz Marsh Complex, which consists of the original West Coblentz marsh and the more recent East Coblentz marsh totaling around 160 acres in 5 different pools. These are located on the north side of the Wakarusa River and immediately east of the Shawnee-Douglas county line in Douglas County. The Elk Creek Marsh complex was completed in 2008 after several years of construction. These marshes are located on the south side of the Wakarusa River and are accessed from the parking lot located at Boat Ramp #9. The complex consists of 4 different marsh pools that total approximately 300 acres when full. The largest and newest pool is just over 100 acres in size and is located within the area's seasonal Refuge. All wetland cells except the refuge marsh can be filled by pumping water out of the Wakarusa River.

Management of native grassland is very important on the Clinton Wildlife Area. Clinton has over 200 acres of historical native prairie, most all of the non-native cool season grasslands have been converted to warm season native grasses and wildflowers.

Primary species hunted on the area include deer, turkey, waterfowl, mourning dove, bobwhite quail, squirrel, and rabbit. Also, a wide array of non-game birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians can be found on the area or migrating through. Trapping, fishing, and wildlife viewing are also popular past times on the area.

Phone:
Address:
205 N. 1600 Rd.
Lecompton,KS    66050
County/Counties:
Area News - Updated: 08/11/2014

NEW THIS YEAR!! Clinton Wildlife Area will be utilizing an electronic check-in system beginning September 1st. To register, please go to  https://kdwpt.isportsman.net. This will be mandatory for all hunting activities. This system will allow us to gather harvest and usage data to help make management decisions in the future.

FALL/WINTER 2014

Dove season begins Sept 1st. Please be aware of all signs for our managed fields. Field #1 (usually the best) is in our Special Hunts program (apply at http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/Hunting/Special-Hunts-Information). Some fields will be Non-Toxic shot only this year. Some will also not open until Sept 2nd.  This is to try and increase quality opportunities for another day. Please see refer to our dove field map to find these fields

For wetland and waterfowl info please see http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/KDWPT-Info/Locations/Wildlife-Areas/Region-2/Clinton/Clinton-Waterfowl-Report 

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Please remember that trapping is also permitted on the Wildlife Area

2014 Dove Field Map

General Information

Phone:
Address:
205 N. 1600 Rd.
 
Lecompton, KS    66050
County/Counties:

Helpful Information

Area Manager: Justin Hamilton

Office Phone: 785-887-6882

Clinton Wildlife Area is located approximately 7 miles west of Lawrence on the upper end of Clinton Reservoir


Special Regulations
  • Camping, off-road vehicle use, and target shooting are prohibited.
  • Please take all trash with you.
  • Refuge area is closed to all activities from October 1st thru January 15th.
  • A free daily hunting permit is required to hunt waterfowl in the marshes. These are available at parking lots.

Special Features

  • Handicapped hunting area provides vehicle use in designated area with written permission from Area Manager.
  • Horseback riding is allowed on the southeast side of the Rock Creek Arm on designated trails only which are primarily located in the Corps of Engineers' Rockhaven Park.

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

History

Clinton Reservoir was completed by the US Army Corps of Engineers in 1977. Approximately 9,000 acres are managed by KDWPT for use as a public Wildlife Area.

Clinton Facilities
Wakarusa River Boat Ramp
  • Type of Cabin: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: N38 53.552 W 95 28.805
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    Boat ramp for upper Wakarusa River and Elk Creek Wetlands access.


Rock Creek Boat Ramp
  • Type of Cabin: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: N38 52.786 W95 24.591
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    Boat ramp for Rock Creek area access


Coon Creek Boat Ramp
  • Type of Cabin: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: N38 56.488 W95 24.468
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    Boat ramp for Deer Creek area access


Clinton Trails
Rock Creek Horse Trail
  • Trail Season: April through September
  • Length of Trail: 10 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Horse Riding
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • Location of Start: N38 53.445 W 95 22.601
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    Horse trail is open seasonally and is located on southeast side of Rock Creek arm of lake. Trail head is in Rockhaven Park.

    Camping can be found at Corps of Engineers Rockhaven Park


Clinton Waterfowl Report
Waterfowl numbers

2000+ Mallards, 1500 other ducks and 1500+ geese.

Mallard Index (0 - 10) = 8

Lake level 874.6 (.9 feet below conservation pool).
Hunting conditions

Ice is developing fast.

The wildlife area will be limited again. Coblentz wetlands are dry. Elk creek wetlands have some water in pool 2 (enough for 2 hunting parties), and very small pools of water in pools 3.

The reservoir has to be at least at conservation pool, or the wildlife area is limited on pumping.

Expected hunting success Fair on the reservoir and poor on the wildlife area.
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IMPORTANT! Clinton Wildlife Area will be utilizing an electronic check-in system beginning September 1st. To register, please go to  https://kdwpt.isportsman.net. This will be mandatory for everyone hunting the wildlife area, not just waterfowl hunters.  

Please remember that trapping is also allowed on the Wildlife Area.

The Refuge area will be closed to ALL activities from October 1st - January 15th.