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||As of Monday morning, 01/09/2017, Redmond is 10% Open. There were aprox. 600 dark geese, and 3500 mixed ducks loafing in open water.|
|Water level||Current Level: 1042.46 Conservation Pool Level: 1041.0|
|Hunting conditions|| |
Reservoir is 90% Iced Up- Ottumwa Ramp is froze. COE Dam Site ramp is froze. Ice at Otter Creek WA Ramp is froze.
DU Marsh is open, and consist of standing flooded soy beans, 100% Iced up. Lower marsh will not be filled this season, as it needs a dry down and infrastructure project completion. Upper Marsh below dam is froze. Ducks are loafing in open water thorough day. The large sedimentation basins located below damn are not open to public hunting and are under private ownership, but should benefit all, as protected loafing areas that are out of the wind.
|Expected hunting success||Expect better with warming temperatures and wind to thin out ice.|
|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.|