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The Wildlife Area includes riparian timbered areas, grasslands, cropland, and wetland communities. Management includes native plant restoration, prescribed burning, timber management and farming to provide food and habitat for wildlife. Toronto Wildlife Area has 4700 acres of land and water open to public hunting where a wide variety of game and non-game animals can be found. Species include white-tailed deer, turkey, bobwhite quail, squirrel, waterfowl, rabbits and furbearers. Marshes have been constructed to provide excellent habitat for migratory birds. These marshes also provide some excellent viewing for non-game species of shore birds. Fishing in the reservoir, Walnut Creek, and the Verdigris River can be excellent for white bass, crappie, channel catfish and flathead catfish. The numerous brush piles are also excellent places to pursue black bass, bluegill and sunfish. Boat ramps have been constructed around the reservoir, on Walnut Creek and the Verdigris River to provide boat access.

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Area News - Updated: 09/08/2017

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2017 Dove Hunting Opportunities at Toronto Wildlife Area

 

           One field of late sunflowers (approximately 14 acres) has been planted this year at Toronto Wildlife Area. This field will be managed to attract doves. Sunflower planting suffered due to continual rains and flooding that took place this spring. These late planted sunflowers are expected to mature and produce seed later in the dove season. Fair hunting opportunities are expected after the sunflowers are dried down and mowed.

 

Hunters will be required to use only non-toxic shot in the managed dove field at Toronto Wildlife Area. Harvest reporting cards will not be required or provided this year at Toronto Wildlife Area.

 

Hunters are reminded that doves may be banded as part of a nationwide dove banding study. Hunters can help by inspecting all harvested doves for the presence of leg bands. The more bands that are reported by hunters the better understanding wildlife biologists will have about the habits of these challenging game birds. The phone number to call to report band information is 1-800-327-(BAND) 2263. This number is also printed on the bands but the bands are relatively small, making the phone number difficult to read.

 

            For more information concerning the Toronto Wildlife Area contact the Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism at: (620)-583-6783.

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Toronto WA (PDF 234.63 kB)

Manager: Ben Stultz

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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

Toronto Reservoir was completed in 1960 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In 1964 the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks entered into a license agreement with the Corps of Engineers for fish and wildlife management of 4700 acres of land and water in the upper reaches of the project.

Toronto Facilities
Walnut Creek boat ramp
  • Type of Facility: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: N37 47.558 W95 59.973
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    This boat ramp is located on Walnut Creek for access to the creek.


Verdigris River boat ramp
  • Type of Facility: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: N37 49.703 W95 57.757
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Toronto Reservoir Waterfowl Report - 12/14/2017
Waterfowl numbers

12/14/17

Based on this week’s observations, ducks and geese have been scarce on Toronto Reservoir. Ducks do continue to use area ponds. Wetlands are still waiting on rainfall.

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 Reservoir is basically at conservation pool level. The marsh on Hwy 54 remains empty until rain arrives to fill it.
Hunting conditions Reservoir is 100% open.
Expected hunting success NA
Comments A new report will be posted weekly. For information pertaining to the Toronto Wildlife Area call 620-583-6783.