El Dorado Wildlife Area

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The reservoir has a combination of steep rocky shoreline and shallow mudflats. Three boat ramps provide access to waters near the upper ends of the reservoir. Fair to excellent populations of walleye, channel catfish, smallmouth bass, crappie, largemouth bass, flathead catfish, white bass, bluegill, and wiper are found in the lake. Blue catfish have also been recently introduced into the lake. Wildlife area lands primarily consist of native grass prairie with some large tracts of woodlands and crops. Hunting is allowed and hunters may find fair to excellent populations of white-tailed deer, wild turkey, quail, prairie chicken, squirrel, rabbit, dove, and waterfowl. Ring-necked pheasants are present but populations are generally low.

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1130 Lake Road, Council Grove, KS 66846
El Dorado,KS    67042
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Area News - Updated: 08/18/2017

Area News

2017 Dove Hunting Outlook:

One sunflower tract (9 acres) will provide fair dove hunting opportunity at El Dorado Wildlife Area.  An additional 6 acre tract was planned to be planted this spring, but prolonged lake flooding prevented timely equipment access into that tract.  The sunflower field will be mowed (if conditions allow) to enhance dove use and hunter access.  This field can be accessed from the north by traveling 0.1 mile east of the junction of NE Bluestem Road and NE 90th Street.  The field can be accessed from the south by traveling 0.1 mile east of the junction of NE Bluestem Road and NE 85th Street. Dove hunters using this managed field must use non-toxic shot. 

Dove hunters may be asked to obtain a permit prior to hunting and report harvest at the conclusion of their hunt.  Please assist area staff with evaluating these opportunities by following instructions located at permit stations posted at this field.  Hunters are also reminded to please be courteous and aware of other hunting parties while using this field. 

For a brochure and map of the entire wildlife area please visit the El Dorado Wildlife Area web page (ksoutdoors.com) and click on the brochure tab at the top of the page.  For more information please call the area manager at #620/767-5900. 

Creel Survey Results Revealed:

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism (KDWPT) monitors the success and satisfaction of anglers by conducting creel surveys on many of its public waters.  El Dorado Reservoir was surveyed in 2015.  These surveys are designed to estimate angler use, demographics, harvest and release, and preference and satisfaction.  Detailed findings include total number of anglers, hours of shore and boat fishing, number and pounds of fish harvested and released by species and angler, age and sex of anglers, species sought, and angler satisfaction.

Creel surveys provide managers with important insight to better meet the needs of the fishery and anglers at El Dorado Reservoir.  Results have been used to evaluate the success of management actions and will be used as comparison following the completion of future surveys.  Results from the most recent survey that collected data at El Dorado Reservoir from March through October 2015 are presented:

  • More than 118,000 hours of fishing were computed to have taken place. 
  • An average of about 1.5 fish were caught per angler.  About 40% of the fish caught were harvested, the other 60% were released. 
  • White crappie were the most sought species by anglers and were harvested more than any other fish.    
  • Catfish (to include channel, flathead, and blue) were the 2nd most sought species by anglers and channel catfish were the 2nd most harvested species.
  • More pounds of white crappie were harvested than any other species. 
  • Channel catfish were the most released species followed by walleye and white crappie. 

Department clerks conduct surveys on waters throughout the state.  If you are approached by a clerk while fishing your favorite lake this year, please help KDWPT to better manage our public waters by providing them with the requested information.  Help us to make the fishing better for you!

For more information about fishery management at El Dorado Reservoir, contact District Fisheries Biologist Craig Johnson at #316/322-7513 or craig.johnson@ks.gov.  

Are You and Your Boat Safety Ready?

It won’t be long before temperatures warm enough to encourage lake visitors to slip the boat in to enjoy a favorite pastime on the water.  Whether fishing, swimming, cruising, paddling, skiing, tubing, or just relaxing, every vessel utilizing Kansas waters must have certain safety equipment on board.  Do you have what you need to insure a safe and lawful visit to the lake this summer?  Vessel owners should be familiar with regulations pertaining to equipment and education requirements. 

Does your vessel require a registration and decals, life jackets, fire extinguishers, sound producing device, navigation lights, skier down flag, wide angle mirror, muffler, or capacity plate?  Do you have to have boater education?  If you aren’t sure, the KDWPT wants to help insure that your next trip is a safe and enjoyable one by providing boaters with access to a handy web page tool that can provide them with a list of requirements after they answer a series of questions about the vessel and the operator.  Even veteran boaters may find the tool to be informative.  The tool can be found at:  http://ksoutdoors.com/Boating/Required-Equipment-Checklist

Additional boating information can also be found on the KDWPT website by visiting www.ksoutdoors.com and clicking on “Boating.”  Have a safe and enjoyable time on the water this summer!

Anglers and Boaters Reminded to Take Precautions to Control Aquatic Nuisance Species!

Last summer, more Kansas waters were added to the growing list of those threatened by aquatic nuisance species (ANS).  ANS waters are defined as those containing Asian carp, white perch, or zebra mussels. 

Regulations have been enacted to prevent the spread of ANS.  Boaters and anglers are reminded to follow these regulations while visiting Kansas waters.

  1.  Livewells and bilges must be drained and drain plugs removed from all vessels being removed from waters of the state before transport on a public highway. 
  2. No person may possess ANY live fish upon departure from any designated ANS body of water. 
  3. Live baitfish may be caught and used as live bait only within the common drainage where caught.  However, bluegill and green sunfish collected from non-designated ANS waters may be possessed or used as live bait anywhere in the state.  Live baitfish shall not be transported and used above any upstream dam or barrier that prohibits the normal passage of fish. 

Always remember to CLEAN, DRAIN, & DRY boats and equipment.  Visit www.ksoutdoors.com for more information.

How Does Your Gobbler Measure Up?

Ever wonder how the wild turkey that you tagged this spring compares to the one that a family member or friend was fortunate to harvest?  Was it big enough to be recognized as a “trophy?”  Want a neat keepsake from that memorable hunt?  For those with an interest in placing a number on their harvest, information about scoring your Kansas wild turkey can be found on the KDWPT website.  Birds that meet minimum scoring requirements of 65 points are eligible to receive a “Trophy Turkey Award” from KDWPT. 

Scoring your Kansas bird is a simple process.  Simply visit the KDWPT web site at: http://ksoutdoors.com/Hunting/What-to-Hunt/Turkey to download an application and instruction form.  A bird’s score is reached by adding measurements of weight, beard, and spur lengths.  Instructions from the form indicate that weight must be determined from an accurate scale and verified by two witnesses.  Beard and spur lengths must be measured to the nearest eighth of an inch.  Each beard is measured at the point of protrusion from the skin to the end of the longest bristle.  Each spur is measured to its longest straight or curved length from a point where the hard spur protrudes from the scaled leg skin.  The total score is arrived at by adding the weight to the sum of the beard lengths multiplied by two and the sum of the spur lengths multiplied by ten.  Separate records are kept for typical and non-typical gobblers.  A gobbler is considered non-typical if it has multiple beards or spurs. 

For those interested in viewing scores from some of the biggest gobblers taken in Kansas, the website also maintains a listing of the Top 20 reported to the program.  If you haven’t harvested yet, there’s still plenty of spring season remaining! 

Morel Mushroom Hunting Tips:

Spring is morel mushroom time!  Increasingly more visitors to public lands surrounding El Dorado Lake are seeking this delicious member of our Kansas flora.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) remind hunters of a few tips for a legal, safe and fun mushroom hunt:

Hunters should do their research prior to consuming any mushrooms as some forms found in Kansas can be toxic.

Stick to parks and wildlife areas surrounding the lake.  Nearby Walk-In Hunting Access (WIHA) areas are not open for mushroom hunting. These lands are private property and accessing them for anything other than hunting game during the identified access period is trespass unless hunters have the appropriate landowner permission.

Be prepared to walk. The use of motorized vehicles on public lands is restricted to maintained roads only, so if your mushroom honey-hole is off the beaten-path, strap on those hiking boots.

Be aware of your surroundings. Public lands are open for many types of hunting and fishing activities. This time of year, mushroom hunters can expect to encounter turkey hunters and anglers looking to lure in white bass and crappie. There’s plenty of space for everyone, so when in doubt, move to another spot.

Enjoy your harvest. Mushrooms found on public lands may only be harvested for personal consumption and selling mushrooms harvested from USACE or KDWPT-managed lands is against federal and state regulations (see Title 36, Section 327.18 and K.A.R. 15-8-20). You’ve worked hard for your harvest, so enjoy the fruits of your labor and heat up a frying pan. 

Visitors interested in learning more about recreational opportunities at El Dorado Lake can contact the El Dorado State Park at #316/321-7180 or El Dorado Wildlife Area at #620/767-5900. 

 

General Information
Phone:
Address:
1130 Lake Road, Council Grove, KS 66846
 
El Dorado, KS    67042
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El Dorado Reservoir & WA (PDF 368.06 kB)

Manager: Brent Konen

Phone: (620) 767-5900

El Dorado Reservoir is located in north-central Butler County, just north and east of the City of El Dorado at the edge of the scenic Flint Hills.


Special Regulations
  • Special length and creel limits may apply for some fish species at El Dorado Reservoir. Please consult the El Dorado Fishing Information Page or area information signs for posted notices prior to fishing.
  • Vehicles are restricted to established maintained roads.
  • Off-road vehicle use is prohibited.
  • Camping is not allowed on the wildlife area.
  • Excellent camping facilities can be found at El Dorado State Park. Contact #316/321-7180 for more information.
  • A “No Trash Policy” is in effect. Trash barrels and dumpsters are not provided and area visitors are asked to take all trash with them.
  • No target practice is allowed.

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

History

The 8,000 acre reservoir was constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1981. That same year, a license agreement was granted to the Kansas Fish and Game Commission (predecessor of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism) from the Corps of Engineers to establish the wildlife area. The wildlife area consists of approximately 4,000 acres of land and is primarily managed to provide public hunting and fishing opportunities.

El Dorado Facilities
NE 90th Street Parking Area (east) and Information Kiosk
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  • Location of Facility: N37 57 19.6 W096 45 05.3
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NE 90th Street Parking Area (west)
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  • Location of Facility: N37 57 19.0 W096 46 50.6
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NE 60th Street Boat Ramp and Information Kiosk
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  • Location of Facility: N37 54 42.4 W096 47 33.2
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NE 75th Street Parking Area
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  • Location of Facility: N37 56 00.4 W096 47 17.0
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NE 85th Street Parking Area (west)
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  • Location of Facility: N37 56 52.1 W096 47 27.2
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NE 85th Street Parking Area (central)
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  • Location of Facility: N37 56 52.6 W096 47 08.1
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NE 85th Street Parking Area (east)
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  • Location of Facility: N37 56 53.4 W096 46 37.1
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NE Chelsea Road Parking Area
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  • Location of Facility: N37 56 34.4 W096 46 36.9
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Walnut River Bridge Boat Ramp
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  • Location of Facility: N37 55 40.9 W096 46 15.5
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NE 67th Terrace Parking Area
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  • Location of Facility: N37 55 22.7 W096 46 19.3
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NE 70th Street Parking Area (west)
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  • Location of Facility: N37 55 35.1 W096 45 46.6
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NE 70th Street Parking Area (east)
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  • Location of Facility: N37 55 33.8 W096 44 35.2
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North Durechen Creek Parking Area
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  • Location of Facility: N37 55 18.1 W096 44 56.9
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South Durechen Creek Parking Area and Information Kiosk
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  • Location of Facility: N37 55 03.2 W096 44 57.0
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NE Cole Creek Road Boat Ramp & Dock
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  • Location of Facility: N37 54 38.8 W096 46 11.3
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NE 50th Street Parking Area
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  • Location of Facility: N37 53 49.9 W096 46 28.4
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NE Cole Creek Road Parking Area
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  • Location of Facility: N37 52 47.9 W096 46 04.5
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Satchel Creek Bridge Parking Area
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  • Location of Facility: N37 53 11.2 W096 44 58.0
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NE 40th Street Parking Area
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  • Location of Facility: N37 52 58.8 W096 44 18.6
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Shady Creek Bridge Parking Area
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  • Location of Facility: N37 50 37.0 W096 44 57.3
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NE 10th Street/Hwy. 177 Parking Area
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  • Location of Facility: N37 50 22.0 W096 44 55.7
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NE 10th Street Parking Area
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  • Location of Facility: N37 50 22.1 W096 44 23.7
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Shady Creek Parking Area
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  • Location of Facility: N37 50 39.7 W096 43 51.1
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Bemis Creek Parking Area
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  • Location of Facility: N37 51 09.5 W096 43 51.2
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NE 20th Street Parking Area
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  • Location of Facility: N37 51 14.3 W096 44 24.0
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Office
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El Dorado Waterfowl Report - 03/23/2017
Waterfowl Numbers

Ducks:  19 BW Teal, 11 Mallards.  64 Coots were also observed.

Geese:  28 Canada Geese.  No Light Geese Observed.

Water level No Current Report Available (conservation pool 1339.0').
Hunting conditions Fair.  The production of duck attracting food sources were minimal this year at El Dorado Lake.
Expected hunting success Duck season is CLOSED.  Canada and White-Fronted Goose is season is CLOSED.  Waterfowl numbers and conditions will change daily.  This will be the last report for the 2016/17 season.
Comments

Teal Season - (Low Plains) Sept. 10-25, 2016

NOTE: El Dorado is located within the Low Plains Southeast Zone.

Youth Season - Nov. 5-6, 2016

Regular Season - Nov. 12, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017 AND Jan. 7-29, 2017

Canada Geese - Oct. 29, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017 AND Jan. 4 - Feb. 12, 2017

White-Fronted Geese - Oct. 29, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017 AND Jan. 21 - Feb. 12, 2017

Light Geese - Oct. 29, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017 AND Jan. 4 - Feb. 12, 2017