John Redmond Wildlife Area
The 1637 acre John Redmond Wildlife Area lies on both sides of Otter Creek which flows into John Redmond Reservoir along its southwest shoreline. There are approximately 200 acres of riparian area and 465 acres of cropland. Approximately 970 acres that are native grass or have at sometime been planted to native grasses. Up to 75 percent of the wildlife area is very heavily flood proned and it is difficult to sustain a good permanent cover such as native grass on the area.
The management objective for John Redmond Wildlife Area is to provide the public with a quality outdoor experience, managing the wildlife and wildlife habitat with an ecological based approach, while providing quality hunting, fishing and other outdoor opportunities. Species managed for include deer, turkey, quail, doves, and waterfowl .
Manager – John Johnson
Phone - (620) 637-2748
- Starting this Fall (2007), deer hunting will be restricted to Shotgun and Archery Only.
- Off Road vehicles, including ATV’s and horse use is prohibited.
- Only Steel Shot may be used on the area.
Special Features: John Redmond Wildlife Area is bordered on the west by the Fish & Wildlife Services, Flinthills Wildlife Area, and on the southeast by Corps of Engineers property. The user needs to be aware of these boundaries, as hunting regulations do differ from agency to agency.
The Kansas Fish and Game Commission entered into a lease agreement with the US Army Corps of Engineers in 1964 to lease 1637 acres along the southwest side of John Redmond Reservoir .
|Waterfowl numbers||120 Blue Wing Teal, 65 Mallards, 20 Dark Geese. Handful of Wood ducks on creeks.|
|Water level|| |
Current Level: 1040.87
Conservation Pool Level: 1041.0
|Hunting conditions||Main Lake is going to be rather poor this year due to extremely high water for most of the summer. Lake level is back down but there is little if any vegetation on or along shoreline. Below dam the lower marsh complex is about 3/4 full, with great forage available for water fowl. Teal are utilizing marsh for feeding and loafing. BE AWARE THIS MARSH CONTAINS SOME DEEP WATER, USE CAUTION. Upper marsh is drained down for duration of winter to dry out for infrastructure re-build in late spring. DU Marsh was planted to corn, witch has just been harvested. DU Marsh is aprox. 0% full. NEED a big rain. Large portion of standing corn will be flooded with next major precipitation event.|
|Expected hunting success||Poor. Need a cool front to bring in more waterfowl.|
|Comments||For information on Flint Hills National Wildlife Area and the marshes on the upper end of the lake please contact FHNWR @ 620-392-5553.|