Marion Reservoir

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The Marion Reservoir and Wildlife Area is located along the western edge of the Flint Hills in the Cottonwood River Valley of central Kansas. Sitting in the Neosho Basin, the area consists of 3,700 acres of mixed native grass and riparian timber, 2,350 acres of cropland and 6,160 acres of Marion Reservoir. Lying in close proximity to several major metropolitian areas, this allows visitors to enjoy the abundant wildlife and recreational opportunities that the state has to offer without having to travel far from the city. Anglers have ample opportunity to catch Walleye, Crappie, Wipers and Channel Catfish throughout the year. The area is managed for variouse game species including Pheasants, Quail, Rabbit, Turkey, and White-Tail Deer. Waterfowl hunters will find good populations of Canada, Snow and White-Fronted geese as well as all species of ducks found within the Central Flyway. An 800 acre Waterfowl Refuge that is managed to attract and hold waterfowl is located along French Creek. This area is closed to hunting all year and closed to all activities from Oct. 1 to Mar. 1. There is handicapped accessable fishing at Broken Bridge on the river. 171 campsites are located in four parks that are managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Area Manager: Brent Theede - Phone (620) 241-7669

Wildlife Biologist: Jeff Rue - Phone (316) 322-7513

PL Bio Tech: Scott Amos - Phone (620) 732-3946

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Area News - Updated: 11/22/2013

Waterfowl Hunters MUST Do Their Part To Stop The Spread Of Zebra Mussels:

Wood Cutting on Marion Wildlife Area:

Waterfowl Hunters need to help stop the Zebra Mussel:

With waterfowl season just around the corner, hunters need to be aware that Marion Reservoir now is infested with Zebra Mussels. Hunters need to follow three simple steps to ensure they do not spread these invasive mussels to other bodies of water. CLEAN, DRAIN, DRY:

  • Hunters should clean and remove all visible vegetation, mud and debris from decoy’s, bags, waders, boats, and any other equipment that gets wet.
  • All water should be drained from boats, decoys and decoy bags, etc. Research has found that vellegers (young Zebra Mussels), which are microscopic, are transported in large volumes of water.
  • Hunters should allow their equipment to dry for a 5 day period before returning to their favorite duck hunting spots. However, if hunters wanted to hunt before that, they can run through the car wash and hose their equipment down with high-pressure, hot water.

If hunters take a few minutes to inspect their equipment before leaving Marion Reservoir, they will keep Zebra Mussels out of other bodies of water.

Wood Cutting on Marion Wildlife Area:

This winter, KDWPT have sheared trees in a few spots around the wildlife area. These trees have been piled to be burnt at a later date. If you are interested in cutting some of the wood for personal use, a wood cutting permit is required. You can pick up this free permit at KDWPT headquarters located at Broken Bridge.

General Information

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Helpful Information

Area Manager: Brent Theede - Phone (620) 241-7669

Wildlife Biologist: Jeff Rue - Phone (316) 322-7513

PL Bio Tech: Scott Amos - Phone (620) 732-3946


Special Regulations
  • Camping on the KDWPT managed area is allowed only at Durham Cove.
  • Driving off established roads is prohibited this includes 4-wheelers.
  • This area has a no-trash policy. Please take all trash with you.

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

History

The 12,200 acre Marion Reservoir and Wildlife area was constructed in 1968 by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers as a flood control structure. It was opened to the public for recreational use in 1969.

Marion Facilities
Cotton Wood Point
  • Type of Cabin: Boat Ramp
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N38 23.397 W97 04.615
  • This Facility is Reservable.
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Hillsboro Cove
  • Type of Cabin: Boat Ramp
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N38 21.917 W97 06.071
  • This Facility is Reservable.
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French Creek
  • Type of Cabin: Boat Ramp
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N38 23.275 W97 09.008
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Durham Cove
  • Type of Cabin: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: N38 26.232 W97 09.678
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Broken Bridge
  • Type of Cabin: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: N38 27.128 W97 11.304
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Marion Waterfowl Report
Waterfowl Numbers Approximately 185 Mallard, 200 Goldeneye, 1050 Gadwall, 300 Shoveler, 85 American Wigeon, and 100 Pintail are using the reservoir at this time. There are also close to 100 Canada geese, and 200 light geese.
Mallard Migration Rating Current Rating=2 The rank is subjective and is from (0= No Mallards, 1=Very few Mallards, 5=Moderate numbers, 10= Peak numbers).
Water level Lake level is currently 1348.90 (Conservation pool is 1350.50)
Hunting conditions Fair. Lake levels are just below conservation pool and the North end of the reservoir, French Creek cove, and all of the smaller coves have vegetation along the shoreline for cover. Since the reservoir has maintained high water levels since the summer of 2013, there was very little moist soil production this year to provide food for waterfowl. Approximately 50% of the reservoir is covered with ice at this time.
Expected hunting success Fair.
Comments Remember the Reservoir now has ZEBRA MUSSELS. Make sure to Clean, Drain and Dry your equipment. Clean all visible vegetation and mud from decoys, bags, waders, etc. Drain water from decoy bags and boats. Allow equipment to Dry for a five day period before using it at another area, OR wash with high-pressure hot water. Many of the roads around the reservoir can get very greasy after rain, or melting snow, please use good judgement about which roads you try to travel on.