Tuttle Creek Wildlife Area

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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: 08/29/2017

Area News

Dove Fields 2017: The weather was once again making it difficult to get crops in on time to be ready for dove opener.  The wheat did well at Irving, Black Vermillion Marsh, and Olsburg Marsh.  One variety of sunflowers were alright this year but have gotten a little weedy.  The Black Vermillion Marsh, Olsburg Marsh, and Fancy Creek  may need to be sprayed to provide the bare ground doves like for feeding.  The sunflower field at Irving were another variety and did not survive.  The Dove fields will once again be Non-Toxic shot only.  Tuttle Creek will be utilizing the I-Sportsman check-in system for all hunters again this year.  Be sure to check in and out from a location you know you will have internet access as the wildlife area has spotty reception at best.  For more information about I-sportsman or for help creating or using the account check out the I-Sportsman section on the department's homepage or contact Nathan Henry the area Manager at 785-363-7316.

 

 

General Information
County/Counties:

Manager: Nathan Henry

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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    60 acres - water diverted from Timber Creek


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 - 11/16/2017
Waterfowl numbers

100 ducks   200 Canada Geese

Mallard Migration Rank (0-10) = 2

Water level The lake is currently at 1082 and dropping slowly. 
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments A permit/survey is required to hunt the Tuttle Creek Wildlife Area.  I-Sportsman is now being utilized on the area.  The recent rains have filled all three pools west of Rolander Rd. and the west side of Olsburg marsh has water again.  I hope the birds will  be showing up this weekend in greater numbers.  If you are wondering why the marsh pumps are not running, the Black Vermillion pump back running. The Olsburg pump now needs a section of outlet pipe replaced.