Fall River Wildlife Area

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The Fall River Wildlife Area is located in the physiographic area know as the Osage Cuestas, in rolling prairie country, with a wide fertile flood plain valley surrounded by steep rolling uplands. The area has very distinct habitats including 6 miles of Otter Creek and 14 miles of Fall River with 2300 acres of riparian timber, 2500 acres of native grass, 2988 acres of cropland and 960 acres of the Fall River Reservoir.

Area management will focus on increasing the quality of the experience for visitors, managing wildlife and wildlife habitats with an ecological based approach while providing quality hunting, fishing and outdoor recreational opportunities. Species managed for include deer, turkey, waterfowl, quail, squirrels and doves.

Special Features

  • 2 Waterfowl Refuges closed to all activity all year.
  • Ladd Bridge boat ramp on river.
  • Two Duck Archaeological Sites
  • Moss Ford a 200 foot wide river crossing.
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Area News - Updated: 09/08/2017

Area News

2017 Dove Hunting Opportunities at Fall River Wildlife Area

 

           Six dove field hunting areas totaling about 132 acres will be managed for dove hunting this year at Fall River Wildlife Area. These areas will be managed to attract doves. Fields at Fall River Wildlife Area suffered due to continual rains and flooding that took place this past spring, largely preventing the successful growing of sunflowers. Fair hunting opportunities are expected.

 

Dove hunting areas 1, 2, 4, and 5 are fields of mowed leftover wheat strips. Area 3 contains approximately 16 acres of partially mowed sunflowers. Area 6 is made up of two fields on opposite sides of the road, totaling about 28 acres of late planted sunflowers expected to mature and produce seed later in the dove season.

Hunters will be required to use only non-toxic shot in managed dove fields at Fall River Wildlife Area. Managed dove fields will be designated with "NON-TOXIC SHOT ONLY" signs and will be fields that have been planted in sunflowers or fields of mowed leftover wheat strips.

            For more information concerning managed dove hunting at Fall River Wildlife Area contact the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism at: 620-583-6783.

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Fall River Reservoir & WA (PDF 400.50 kB)

Manager: Ben Stultz
Phone: (620) 583-6783

Eureka is the closest town with gas stations, grocery stores, etc.

Climax (if it shows on the map) is the closest town but has no businesses of any kind.


Special Regulations

Off Road Vehicle and Horse use is prohibited.

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

History

The 9,352 acre Fall River Wildlife Area was made available to the Kansas Forestry Fish and Game Commission under terms of a license with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1964.

Fall River Facilities
Fall River WA Office
  • Type of Facility: Office
  • Location of Facility: N37 43.463 W96 12.486
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    Located near the west end of the Wildlife Area directly east of Climax approximately 1 mile. This office is the management headquarters for the Wildlife Area.


Floating Dock
  • Type of Facility: Dock
  • Location of Facility: N37 38.931 W96 04.502
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    Next to Engineers Cove boat ramp.


Engineers Cove Boat Ramp
  • Type of Facility: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: N37 38.931 W96 04.502
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    This boat ramp is located on the south side of the reservoir near the dam in Engineers Cove.


Ladd Bridge Boat Ramp
  • Type of Facility: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: N37 42.482 W96 08.423
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    This boat ramp is located on the river for river access


Fall River Reservoir Waterfowl Report - 11/15/2017
Waterfowl numbers

11/15/17

A few small rafts of ducks were observed using Fall River Reservoir this week. Ponds continue to draw decent numbers of ducks. Canada geese have been using harvested corn fields. Water levels in wetlands are still low to dry due to lack of rain.

 

Duck season for the Low Plains Southeast Zone is from Nov. 11 - Dec. 31, 2017 and Jan. 6-28, 2018. The season for Canada geese and light geese is open now and runs until Feb. 18. The season for white-fronted geese is open now and runs until Dec. 31, when it closes temporarily. It opens again from Jan. 27 to Feb. 28, 2018. The light geese, conservation order season will be from Feb. 19 to Apr. 30, 2018.

Water level 0.1' above conservation pool.
Hunting conditions Reservoir is 100% open.
Expected hunting success Based on numbers of waterfowl arriving in the area, success should be fair to good, depending on location.
Comments A new report will be posted weekly. For questions pertaining to the Fall River Wildlife Area call: 620-583-6783.