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Located on the broad, flat flood plain below the junction of Flat Rock Creek and the Neosho River, the wildlife area is a man-made marsh developed by the Department in 1960. The area covers 3,246 acres. The five largest pools on the area represent 1,675 acres of the 1,787 of intensively managed wetlands. There are sixteen independently managed wetlands throughout the area. The area was primarily designed, and is managed to furnish a resting and feeding place for migratory waterfowl.

Three of the sixteen pools are managed in a moist soil environment through a water level manipulation plan. Four green tree marshes ranging in size from five to fifteen acres offer a different type of hunting opportunity for the sportsman using the area. Area personnel plant an average of 400 acres of corn, milo, buckwheat or millet in the hunting pools. The grain is left in the field and inundated in the fall.

The 800-acre refuge pool is closed to all hunting, foot and vehicle traffic during the waterfowl season. The water level of this pool fluctuates naturally throughout the seasons and provides good aquatic habitat for waterfowl. Fishing is allowed from March 31 until August 31. Good fishing can be found at times in the Neosho River, Flat Rock Creek and Brogan Creek, existing in part on the wildlife area.

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8705 Wallace Road
Saint Paul,KS    66771
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Area News - Updated: 09/06/2017

Area News

Neosho Wildlife Area

NEOSHO WILDLIFE AREA – “ENSURING THE NEXT 50 YEARS”

KANSAS DEPT. OF WILDLIFE & PARKS AND DUCKS UNLIMITED

Kansas outdoorsmen enjoyed their first season of waterfowl hunting at the Neosho Wildlife Area (WA) in 1961. Today the Neosho WA, managed by the KDWPT, anchors the premier SE Kansas waterfowling region which lies along the Neosho River. With the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Neosho WA approaching, it is beginning to show its age. Much of the area’s original infrastructure has exceeded its design life and badly needs replacing. Not only does this aging infrastructure require an increasing amount of annual maintenance and manpower to operate, it is also beginning to fail to provide the vital food resources waterfowl rely on in the region.

As this milestone anniversary approaches, the KDWP and Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU) have begun planning a major renovation of the area. This work will ensure that the citizens of Kansas are able to continue enjoying this historic place.

RENOVATION CONCEPT

The renovation project has two objectives. The first is to improve the amount and quality of habitat available annually for waterfowl and other wildlife species. The second objective is to decrease the annual operation and maintenance costs at the area.

PROJECT DETAILS

August 2016 News

The spring and summer of 2016 has been very busy and that will continue into the fall and winter.  In May the NAWCA portion of the project was sent out for bid solicitations by Duck Unlimited.  In July The Foley Company out of Kansas City was awarded the bid to build the pump station and a portion of the 3/4 of a mile pipeline that is needed to deliver the water to the marshes.  In August the KDWPT will bid out the Pittman Robertson portion of the first phase which will be the remainder of the pipeline that will deliver the water to each individual pool.  

Neosho WA staff have been working on habitat, undesirable tree removal and improving drainage along with coordinating local contractor Otoole Construction to build a levee in Pool 4, remove some undesirable trees and levees in Pool 2, remove old water control structures so the old system can be tied into the new system, building a large parking area and placing rip rap along portions of the refuge levees to help eliminate further erosion.

This work has been in need for many years and it is very nice to finally see some results on the ground after working on this for 9 years.  However,   this winter will be a tough one for area duck hunters.  The work that is to take place this fall and winter is very weather dependent so we are going to need the help of mother nature and hope that the river system will stabilize.  Due to the process of the construction and the need to remove old infrastructure area staff will not be able to pump water until the new system is built and the two systems can be built together as one new functioning system.  As of right now there will be no water pumped or captured on the main area for the 2016-2017 waterfowl season.  Area staff will still attempt to put water into pool 5 and will put boards in the satellite pools such as pools 7 and 8.  The South Unit will be pumped as long as compliance of the water right is maintained.  

Please keep in mind that Neosho Wildlife area is 57 years old and has had no improvements of this magnitude.  Thank you in advance for your patients while the improvements are made and the area is updated ensuring another 50 years of quality waterfowling.

PROGRESS As of August 22, 2017
Area staff and contractors are making some serious headway on this renovation project.  The work that has been accomplished by local contractor O'toole Construction includes removal of the divider dike that separated the North and South pool of 4.  A new Levee was constructed and two new water control structures were set.  With all of this work being done, O'toole was able to level the North and West side of Pool 4 which will make it more manageable and also provide better foraging depths for migrating waterfowl.  The western most dike in pool 2 and the two spurs that came off of it were removed along with the old willow growth that kept the ditches from drying out.  Ten water control structures were removed in preparation for the new pipeline to go in.  The Foley Company out of the Kansas City area was awarded the bid on the Pump station and mobilized the week of the 21st of November to begin work at the river.  Matador construction out of Ottawa was awarded the bid for the pipeline portion of the project and is anticipating being on the area to begin work the first week of December.  The water delivery phase of the project was completed in April of 2017.  The pump and pipeline has been tested and everything seems to be working as planned. Hucke Construction out of Oswego, KS completed the dirtwork, rock, fence, gates and parking curbs for a 36 stall boat parking area with an additional 18 stall overflow parking area.  The 2 new boat ramps have been poured and are complete as well.  The levee that will divide pool 2A from 2B is almost completed and the new aluminum Wisconsin Flowgate stop log structure will be installed the week of Sept 4th.  The boating canals for both Pool 2A and 2B still need minor touch up to ensure proper drainage.  Otoole Construction is currently  working on the levee that will divide pool 2B from the refuge.  They are currently about half complete with this levee and with any luck we can hold in this weather pattern so dirt can continue to be moved.  The old levee that divided the south end of Pool 2 from the refuge has been removed and will be reshaped as soon as things dry out or the 2B levee is completed.  The final phase on the main area has been bid out and was awarded to Thomas Construction out of Fort Scott, KS.  This phase will call for 4 water control structures and renovating the current emergency spillway in the refuge.  We are trying to stay optimistic for the upcoming waterfowl season and hope that the improvements are completed so some flooding can occur within pool 2B and the refuge. Areas that will be ready or are near completion for this fall as of right now are Pools 1, 2A, 4A, 4B, and South Unit.  We have our fingers crossed that we will get some dry weather so construction can continue to progress.   All contractors are working long hard hours trying to get theses projects completed.

I am in the process of getting new brochures made and ironing out the new regulations for the area.  A couple of the new regulations will be parking in designated parking areas ONLY and boats must operate at no wake speeds in the boating canals.  Staff will attempt to post pictures showing new levee arrangements, parking areas, camping areas, boat ramps and boating canals.  This is a very exciting time with all of the improvements being made.  I will keep this site updated as work progresses and once again thanks for your patience while this much needed work is being completed!!   

As always, if you have questions please feel free to call the office at 620-449-2539.  We are always happy to take your calls and please keep in mind that this is a field office, so if we do not answer please leave a message and we will get back in touch with you as soon as we can.  
   

SOUTH UNIT RENOVATION

Work on the South Unit continued in 2017 with more trees being cleared along levees.  Renovation on the pools will be accomplished in the spring and summer of 2018. 

   

Hunting Pool Habitat 2017

Pool Acres Beans Corn Millet mix Moist Soil Greentree Buckwheat
1 350 35 130 30 90 65  
2A 155 0 40 30 55 30  
2B 190 0 0 0 160 30  
4A 90 0 10 15 65 0  
4B 65 0 65 0 0 0  
5 85 0 20 0 30 20 10
6 15 0 0 0 0 15 0
7 7 0 7 0 0 0 0
8 33 33 0 0 0 0 0
South Unit 100 0 0 0 60 40 0
General Information
Phone:
Address:
8705 Wallace Road
 
Saint Paul, KS    66771
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Neosho WA (PDF 223.53 kB)

Manager: Monte Manbeck

Assistant Manager:  Travis Ratliff

Phone: (620)-449-2539

From St. Paul travel east on Highway 47 2 miles to Wallace Rd.; turn south and travel approximately 1.25 miles. Office on west side of road


Special Regulations
  • Pool 8 is restricted to waterfowl hunters accompanied by a youth hunter, 16 years of age or less on weekends and holidays. The adults may hunt with the youth hunter.
  • Non-toxic shot is required for all hunting.
  • All hunters must obtain a free daily hunting permit utilizing the new isportman checkin prior to the hunt and checkout after the hunt is completed.

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

History

In 1959, the Kansas Forestry, Fish and Game Commission purchased the initial 2,975.5 acres. In 1988 an additional 270 acres were purchased through a fifty percent cost share agreement with Ducks Unlimited Inc. The area was first opened to waterfowl hunting in the fall of 1962.

Neosho Facilities
Camping area
  • Type of Facility: Primitive camping
  • Location of Facility: N37 30 38.475 W95 8 3.920
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    Primitive camping


Camping area
  • Type of Facility: Primitive camping
  • Location of Facility: N37 28 47.403 W95 7 47.013
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    Primitive camping


Camping area
  • Type of Facility: Primitive camping
  • Location of Facility: N37 30 1.196 W95 9 11.662
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    Primitive camping


Pool 8 Youth Hunting Pool
  • Type of Facility:
  • Location of Facility: N37 30 35.356 W95 7 31.186
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    Youth hunting pool (16 or younger) on weekends and holidays.


South Unit Waterfowl Checkstation
  • Type of Facility: Information center
  • Location of Facility: N37 25 15.265 W95 7 28.138
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    Daily permit booth to obtain Daily Waterfowl Permits


Pool 4 Boat Ramp
  • Type of Facility: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: N37 29.430 W95 08.894
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    Boat ramp for access into Pool 4 for waterfowl hunting.


Pool 3 Boat Ramp
  • Type of Facility: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: N37 29.140 W95 07.480
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    Access into refuge pool from March 1 through October 1 for fishing and wildlife viewing.


Pool 3 Boat Ramp
  • Type of Facility: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: N37 28.797 W95 07.789
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    Access into refuge pool from March 1 through October 1 for fishing and wildlife viewing.


Pool 2 Boat Ramp
  • Type of Facility: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: N37 29.567 W95 08.944
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    Boat ramp for access into Pool 2 for waterfowl hunting


Pool 1 Boat Ramp
  • Type of Facility: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: N37 30.036 W95 09.434
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    Boat ramp for access into Pool 1 for waterfowl hunting


Waterfowl Checkstation
  • Type of Facility: Information center
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N37 30 49.903 W95 8 33.935
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    Checkstation building and daily permit booth to obtain Daily Waterfowl Permits


Neosho Wildlife Area Waterfowl Report - 09/08/2017
Waterfowl numbers

iSportsman (electronic daily hunt permit system) will be required of all hunters this fall, please set up an iSportsman account prior to this hunting season.

500 Teal, 100 Canada Geese

Mallard Migration Rank

iSportsman (electronic daily hunt permit system) will be required of all hunters this fall, please set up an iSportsman account prior to this hunting season.

MMR=0

0= No Mallards, 1= Very Few Mallards, 5= Moderate Numbers, 10= Peak

Water level

iSportsman (electronic daily hunt permit system) will be required of all hunters this fall please set up an iSportsman account prior to this hunting season.

There is huntable water in the oxbow portion of pool 2B and some water was pumped in Pool 4A for Early Teal season.  As of 9/7/17 No Teal have been seen in these areas. 

Waterlevels for the upcoming season should be good.  The areas that are currently available to be pumped this fall are Pools 1, 4A, 4B, 2A, and the South Unit (River flow dependent).  For more information on the water level conditions for upcoming season please see the area news by clicking link below and clicking on the "NEWS" icon.

      

Hunting conditions

iSportsman (electronic daily hunt permit system) will be required of all hunters this fall, please set up an iSportsman account prior to this hunting season.

Excellent.  Habitat conditions look extremely good as of August 22, 2017.  Please see the area news page for a breakdown of habitat types within each pool.

    

Expected hunting success

iSportsman (electronic daily hunt permit system) will be required of all hunters this fall, please set up an iSportsman account prior to this hunting season.

Fair.  

Thanks again for your patience during this period while renovation work is being completed.

Comments
Early Teal September 9th - 24th
SE Zone Regular Duck Season November 11 - Dec 31 and January 6 - 28 

If the red check out sign is out at check station all hunters are required to stop.  Thanks

Neosho WA is utilizing a new daily permit system called isportsman.  Hunters will need to register via PC prior to hunting at Neosho WA.  Hunters will be able to login via PC, smartphone, or call in from cell phone or landline phone each day prior to hunitng to get a daily permit, and report back similar to the paper daily permits.  Please visit https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ to register prior to hunting season.

Please remember to fill out the permit with accurate information. THIS INFORMATION IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE CURRENT AND FUTURE MANAGEMENT OF THE AREA. FILL OUT ONLY YOUR INDIVIDUAL HARVEST EFFORTS, i.e., NOT A GROUP HARVEST TOTAL.

Waterfowl hunting in Pool 8 is restricted to youth hunters and their mentor on weekends and holidays.

For additional area news please visit the area website at: http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/Locations/Wildlife-Areas/Region-5/Neosho/Area-News.