Melvern Wildlife Area

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Melvern Lake/Wildlife Area Waterfowl Report
Melvern Reservoir Fishing Information

Melvern Wildlife Area is located in the physiographic area known as Osage Cuestas. Much of the upland area is dominated by tall grass native prairie with small wooded draws interspersed. The lower land located along the Marais des Cygnes river flood plain is primarily crop land. The area habitats include approximately 4.000 acres of native tall grass prairie, 2,000 acres of woodland habitat, and 3,000 acres of crop land. Management tools include control burns and crop rotations. Major species found on the wildlife area include quail, deer, turkey, dove, and waterfowl

Phone:
Address:
2272 Road 250
Reading,KS    66868
County/Counties:
- Updated: 12/31/1969

General Information


Phone:
Address:
2272 Road 250
 
Reading, KS    66868
County/Counties:

Helpful Information

Manager: JR Glenn

Phone: 620-699-3372


Special Regulations
  • All hunters on Melvern WA are REQUIRED to obtain a free daily hunt permit.  PERMITS CAN NOW BE OBTAINED ELECTRONICALLY, TO REGISTER AND BEGIN USING THE ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM, CLICK HERE.   Permits are required only on the portion of the property open to hunting that is managed by KDWPT as a wildlife area. On the north side of the lake, this includes the portion of the wildlife area west of Eisenhower State Park (Wanamaker Rd.); on the south side of the lake this includes the portion of the property west of Indian Hills Rd. The remaining property around the lake is managed by the Melvern Lake Corps of Engineers or Eisenhower State Park and no permit is required to hunt. Please fill out the top portion of the card prior to hunting and return it to the box. The bottom portion of the card should be kept on your person while you hunt. Upon completion of your hunt, complete and return the bottom portion to any iron ranger location even if you fail to harvest anything.
  • Off Road Vehicle and Horse use is prohibited.
  • Camping is not allowed on the wildlife area
  • The waterfowl refuge located on the upper end of the lake is closed to all activity from October 1st to January 15th.

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

History

Land Acquisition: The 10,100 acre Melvern Wildlife Area was licensed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to the Kansas Fish and Game Commission in March of 1977.

Melvern Facilities
Iron Ranger #10
  • Type of Cabin: Iron Ranger
  • Location of Facility: 38.48301 -95.91294

Iron Ranger #9
  • Type of Cabin: Iron Ranger
  • Location of Facility: 38.46967 -95.85800

Iron Ranger #8
  • Type of Cabin: Iron Ranger
  • Location of Facility: 38.45613 -95.85803

Iron Ranger #7
  • Type of Cabin: Iron Ranger
  • Location of Facility: 38.46671 -95.82982

Iron Ranger #6
  • Type of Cabin: Iron Ranger
  • Location of Facility: 38.50363 -95.89468

Iron Ranger #5
  • Type of Cabin: Iron Ranger
  • Location of Facility: 38.53485 -95.79885

Iron Ranger #4
  • Type of Cabin: Iron Ranger
  • Location of Facility: 38.52079 -95.84602

Iron Ranger #3
  • Type of Cabin: Iron Ranger
  • Location of Facility: 38.52057 -95.92106

Iron Ranger #2
  • Type of Cabin: Iron Ranger
  • Location of Facility: 38.52131 -95.95004

Iron Ranger #1
  • Type of Cabin: Iron Ranger
  • Location of Facility: 38.55005 -95.96126

Old Boat Ramp
  • Type of Cabin: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: N38 30.544 W95 55.067
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    This ramp is located on the river above the log jam. It is in a low area and is frequently flooded and covered with silt.


Arvonia Cemetery Boat Ramp
  • Type of Cabin: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: N38 29.590 W95 53.728
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    This boat ramp is located on the river for river access below the log jam


Melvern Lake/Wildlife Area Waterfowl Report
Waterfowl numbers Approximately 10,000 ducks (9,000 dabblers, primarily mallards and 1,000 divers, primarily goldeneyes) and 11,000 geese.  All of the birds observed were located on open water located on the east end of the lake in very deep water.  The lake is approximately 85% iced over.
Water level Lake level 1034.42; Conservation pool = 1036.
Hunting conditions All wetlands are iced over, warmer forecast weather should begin opening holes in the wetlands by the weekend.  PLEASE BE CAREFUL ON OR NEAR ICE!!
Expected hunting success  Fair-Good  Hunting should improve as warmer weather creates additional open water.
Comments

Mallard migration: 8

All hunters utilizing Melvern Wildlife Area are required to obtain a free daily hunt permit through the new electronic permit system. Hunters can register now to begin using the electronic system at https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/    For more information (click here)Waterfowl hunters utilizing the main lake are only required to obtain a permit when hunting west of Hoch Rd.  Paper permits will also be available through the 2014 hunting season.

Youth waterfowl season is October . Regular waterfowl season opens November 1, 2014.

Refuge Area is CLOSED Oct. 1st through Jan. 15th

Wildlife Viewing

It cuts through gently rolling hills of tallgrass, and its marshes teemed with waterfowl and other wildlife. It is the river the French trappers named the Marais des Cygnes (Marsh of the Swans). Melvern Lake, in the valley of that river, is still a haven for many of the wildlife species seen by the early trappers.

A good way to become familiar with the area is to walk on the Marais des Cygnes Nature Trail below the dam and on the Eisenhower Interpretive Trail in Eisenhower State Park. There are riparian woodlands of ash, American elm, cottonwood, and honey locust, and thickets of rough-leaved dogwood, smooth sumac, and wild plum. Hundreds of acres of big and little bluestem, Indiangrass, switchgrass, black sampson, black-eyed Susan, Illinois bundleflower, and dozens of other prairie plants are found here.

The river, lake, and cattail marshes provide habitat for many migrating waterfowl, shorebirds, and wading birds. In winter bald eagles perch in trees along the lake. Also watch for sharp-shinned, Cooper's, and rough-legged hawks. The waters attract snow geese, gadwalls, American wigeons, and common mergansers. Look in the woodlands and thickets for black-capped chickadees, red-breasted nuthatches, tufted titmice, and brown creepers. In spring, grasslands contain booming grounds, or leks, of greater prairie chickens. Summer birds include wood ducks, scissor-tailed flycatchers, eastern kingbirds, common nighthawks, and great blue herons. Year-round residents include red-tailed hawks, northern harriers, eastern screech-owls, Canada geese, belted kingfishers, and red-headed woodpeckers. Mammals such as white-tailed deer, squirrels, bobcats, coyotes, muskrats, and beaver can best be viewed just before sunup and just after sundown.