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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: 10/24/2017

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.  

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. 

Progress as of October 11, 2017
The major dirt work in Pool 2B is complete but two water control structures need to be installed. The old levee on the south end of two has been removed and smoothed out. We are still unable to pump Pool 2B or the refuge at this time, we will not be able to pump into these pools or capture any additional water from rainfall until the final phase is completed. We are still optimistic that this will be completed for this season but may not have hunt-able water for opening day. This work must be completed for the refuge and Pool 2B to function properly. Please keep in mind that we are only a year and a half into a project that was predicted to take up to 5 years. We are currently extremely ahead of schedule and barring any major weather factors are expecting final completion by fall of 2018.
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. Thomas Construction is anticipated to mobilize equipment and begin work on the property as of Monday, October 16th.
Some minor dirt work still remains to be completed in the boating channel of Pool 2A and work is currently underway.
 Areas that will be ready or are near completion for this fall are Pools 1, 2A, 4A, 4B, Upper end of Pool 5, South Unit and the Lower end of Pool 5 is questionable at this point.  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.
Structures have been closed in the following pools Pool 1, Pool 4A, Pool 4B, Pool 7, and the South Unit.

New brochure maps are in and will be available at the checkstation and Parking area KIOSKs so please feel free to grab one and make yourself familiar with these.

 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. Also Pools 4A and 4B are open to NON-MOTORIZED boats only (Note: An electric trolling motor is a motor and will not be allowed). Staff has posted 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. This site will be updated as work progresses and season nears and once again thanks for your patience while this much needed work is being completed!!  The fall migration is well underway and we are very anxious to begin pumping and filling pools as soon as we can!!!

PARKING AREA
Area staff has had a lot of questions on how the main parking area is going to work for this fall.  Parking will be allowed only where the gray curb stops are located.  The curb stops that are painted red symbolize no parking.  The most efficient use of the parking area will be to travel counter clockwise as the curb stops are angled for this direction of travel.  We realize that there are places in the parking area where there are no curb stops that look very appealing for parking but they are not designated areas to park and parking in such areas is not allowed and will not be tolerated.  We want to make sure there is ample room for every user whether it be trucks with trailers, cars or just  regular trucks.  All parking areas will be marked and are in the new area brochure.  Parking along roadsides will no longer be tolerated for safety reasons.  It is the each users responsibility to know the regulations, so if you have questions or are unsure please feel free to contact us. 

Spring and Summer 2018

Work to be completed in spring and summer of 2018 includes drainage work in pool 1, minor drainage work in pool 2A, placing of rip-rap along the face of the refuge levee, and renovation of all levees at the south unit. Renovation of the south unit levees will allow for more uniform flooding of the pools and potentially more hunt-able and manageable acres.  

South Unit Renovation

Work on the South Unit continued in 2017 with more trees being cleared along levees.  

   

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 25 20 20
6 15 0 0 0 0 15 0
7 7 0 0 0 7 0 0
8 33 33 0 0 0 0 0
South Unit 100 0 0 0 60 40 0

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.  

General Information
Phone:
Address:
8705 Wallace Road
 
Saint Paul, KS    66771
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Neosho WA (PDF 341.92 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 - 11/20/2017
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.

25,000 ducks. 60% mallards, 40% mixed early season migrants (teal, pintail, gadwall, and wigeon).

200 Canada Geese, 300 Snow Geese and 300 White-fronts

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=6

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.

Pool 1- 190 acres 

Pool 2B - 15 Acres (Oxbow Area)

Pool 4A- 90 acres (12 inches)

Pool 4B- 45 acres

Pool 7- Full

South Unit- Moist soil Pools close to full. Timber-dry

 The areas that are currently available to be pumped this fall are Pools 1, 4A, 4B, 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.  Click on link below for a current map of the area.

    

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.

Good          Season totals are 260 hunter have harvested 433 ducks for a 1.6 BPH average.

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

Comments
SE Zone Youth Season November 4-5, 2017
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 requires all hunters to utilize the 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 hunting 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.