Tuttle Creek Wildlife Area

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Tuttle Creek Wildlife Area Waterfowl Report

Tuttle Creek Lake is situated in the beautiful Flint Hills region of Kansas. The lake is the second largest in the state offering 12,000 acres of water and 100 miles of irregular wooded shoreline. Tuttle Creek Lake, being the key unit of flood control projects within the Kansas River Basin, may swell to 54,000 acres. KDWPT also manages 12,200 acres of land on the north end of the lake for wildlife benefit. In addition to permanent habitat enhancement, KDWPT provides 3,220 acres of cropland for winter food. Because of the flooding, area management will focus on enhancing wetland habitat. 480 acres of constructed wetlands provide food and shelter to migrating shorebirds and waterfowl. Other species managed for include white-tailed deer, turkey, quail, pheasants, squirrels and doves.

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Area News - Updated: 08/04/2014

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Dove Fields 2014:

Four areas of managed dove fields are available.  Free daily hunt permits will be required of all hunters and are available at the hunt site. Non- toxic shot is required of all hunters using managed dove fields at Tuttle Creek Wildlife Area.

Area 1-  One 13 acre sunflower field and one 14 acre wheat field.  The fields are located at the Old Irving Townsite, or 2 1/2 miles south and 3 miles east of Blue Rapids. Non-toxic shot is required.

Area 2- One 25 acre sunflower field and one 16 acre wheat field.  The fields are located just west of the Black Vermillion marsh, or 2 miles south of the intersection of Zenith and 14th roads. Non-toxic shot is required.

Area 3-  One 17 acre sunflower field and one 8 acre wheat field.  The fields are located just south of the Olsburg marsh, or 1/4 mile west of the intersection of Shannon Creek and Cleburne roads. Non-toxic shot is required.

Area 4-One 40 acre sunflower field located approximately 2.5 miles north of the town of Randolph, or 1/2 mile east of the intersection of Hwy 77 and Fancy Creek road. Non-toxic shot is required.

Maps of the fields are available by clicking the links below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

General Information
County/Counties:

Manager:

Phone: (785) 363-7316

Office Address:
801 S. Main
Blue Rapids, KS 66411


Special Regulations
  • Camping, off-road vehicle and ATV use, horseback riding and target shooting are prohibited on the Wildlife Area.
  • Wood cutting is not allowed on the Wildlife Area.

Special Features: Handicapped hunting in designated area allows vehicle use for hunting.

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

History

Construction by the Army Corps of Engineers began in the late 1950's and the reservoir was completed and filled in 1963. License to manage 11,800 acres for wildlife management was granted in 1964. The license was amended in 1965 to include a total of 12,030 acres. KDWPT has obtained fee title to 170 acres of land not contiguous with the reservoir property. That makes the total license property 12,200 acres of land.

Tuttle Creek Facilities

Timber Creek Marsh
  • Type of Facility: Marsh
  • Location of Facility: N39 32 38.3 W96 37 07.8
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Fancy Creek Marsh
  • Type of Facility: Marsh
  • Location of Facility: N39 27 57.2 W96 44 56.5
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Swede Creek Ramp
  • Type of Facility: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: N39 30 20.9 W96 39 18.6
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Redbud Boat Ramp
  • Type of Facility: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: N39 32 20.6 W96 37 11.4
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Headquarters Office
  • Type of Facility: Office
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N39 40 44.1 W96 39 33.6
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    Located at 801 S. Main, Blue Rapids, KS 66411


Tuttle Creek Wildlife Area Waterfowl Report - 12/19/2014
Waterfowl numbers

1,000 ducks

Mallard Migration Rank (0-10) = 7

Water level The lake is currently 1 foot  above conservation pool.  The Black Vermillion and Olsburg marshes both have huntable water.
Hunting conditions Vegetation around the edges of the lake and favorable water levels should provide good hunting opportunities on the main lake.  Vegetation in the marshes is thick, scouting prior to your hunt is encouraged.
Expected hunting success Fair
Comments A permit/survey is required to hunt the Black Vermillion and Olsburg marshes and can be found at the parking lots adjacent to each marsh. Please complete this survey. The data collected from this permit/survey supplies the Manager with valuable comments and harvest information to better manage the area.