Perry Wildlife Area

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Much of Perry Wildlife Area lies within the Perry Reservoir flood pool, thus flooding is not uncommon. The Delaware River bisects the area from north to south with several small creeks feeding it. The area has a diversity of habits with interspersion of Oak-Hickory woodlands, warm and cool season grasslands, man-made wetlands, and several acres of cropland.

In the mid 1970's, 11 marsh complexes were built. Two additional marshes were developed after 2000. These marshes provide about 1,000 acres of wetland habitats. The Kyle and West River marshes can be pumped from the Delaware River to provide habitat for migratory birds during dry years. All other wetlands depend on natural run off, thus water levels may vary from year to year.

Moist soils management is conducted on all marshes which uses water level fluctuations to manage for desirable wetland vegetation beneficial to migratory birds. Periodically, some marshes will be drained in order to conduct dike repairs and control invading woody vegetation and cattails. Management of upland habitats over the years has consisted of converting croplands and cool season grasses to native warm season grasses and forbs, planting of shrub plots, selective cutting of invading woody vegetation, and prescribed burning to stimulate native warm season grasses and forbs.

White-tailed deer and wild turkey are plentiful on the area. Waterfowl numbers vary depending on available habitat, but the area has supported large numbers during both the fall and spring migrations. Mourning dove numbers vary yearly depending on nesting conditions. Ring-necked pheasant can be found on the area with good numbers on the area. Bobwhite quail populations are good on the area, but a good dog is needed due to the dense vegetation. Squirrel and cottontail rabbit numbers are generally healthy and provide some of the most under utilized hunting opportunities on the area.

Non-game species are very plentiful on the area and provide some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities. A wide array of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians can be found on the area.

Fishing for catfish, white bass, and crappie in the Delaware River are also popular activities. Trapping which is allowed on the area, can be a very successful venture due to the wide array of furbearer habitats.

Special Features

  • Handicapped hunting area. Written permission required from manager.
  • Mentor/Youth hunting area designated for youth 16 years and younger accompanied by no more than one adult per youth.
  • Delaware River Boat Ramp located south of Valley Falls.
  • Perry W.A. is heavily used due to its proximity to major metropolitan areas. Opening days and weekends of all seasons are busiest.
Phone:
Address:
7760 174th Street
Valley Falls,KS    66088
County/Counties:
Area News - Updated: 10/24/2014

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General Information

Phone:
Address:
7760 174th Street
 
Valley Falls, KS    66088
County/Counties:

Helpful Information

Manager: Andrew Page

Phone: 785-945-6615


Special Regulations
  • Camping, horse-back riding, ATV riding, and target shooting are prohibited activities. See Public Lands Regulations Summary for additional restrictions.
  • All vehicles must stay on maintained roads and parking areas. Off-road driving is prohibited.
  • Please do not park in front of or block gates and field accesses.
  • Refuge areas are closed to all activities from October 1 through January 15.
  • Motorized boats are prohibited from use on all marshes except for the east and west pools of the Kyle marsh complex.

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

History

The Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks has leased 10,500 acres of land at the north end of the Perry Reservoir Project from the U.S.Corps of Engineers since 1970. The area is operated and managed by the Department for wildlife management and public hunting opportunities.

Perry Facilities
Delaware River Boat Ramp
  • Type of Cabin: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: N39 19.114 W095 26.490
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    Boat ramp is located on the Delaware River.


Lassiter Marsh


Hayward Marsh
  • Type of Cabin: marsh
  • Location of Facility: N39 22.783 W095 30.094
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Reichart Marsh

Kyle Marsh
  • Type of Cabin: marsh
  • Location of Facility: N39 17.741 W095 27.082
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West River Marsh
  • Type of Cabin: marsh
  • Location of Facility: N39 18.692 W095 26.650
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Upper Ferguson Marsh

Lower Ferguson Marsh
  • Type of Cabin: marsh
  • Location of Facility: N39 17.860 W095 25.291
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Perry Waterfowl Report
Waterfowl numbers

Marshes and Delaware River are frozen. A survey was conducted on 01/13/15 and around 2,000 ducks were observed with 90% being Mallards. About 7,000 Canada Geese and 10,000 Snow Geese were observed. 

Mallard Migration Rank = 8 (0 = no mallards 10 = peak migration)

Lake level 2.12 feet above conservation pool.
Habitat conditions
All wetland complexes have developed some of the best vegetation seen at Perry in the last several years. All marsh complexes are dependent on natural runoff to fill the complex except West River North & South and Kyle East.

We are currently in the process of working with Ducks Unlimited to apply for a grant to build a Marsh Pump to pump NorthWest and Reichart marshes. We have put some money together from local donors to aid in this project. If you are interested in helping with this project call the Wildlife Area office at (785) 945-6615.

Expected hunting success Poor to Fair. 
Comments
Habitat Condition Rating (HCR): 1-10; 1-Poor habitat, 5-quality habitat, 10-Exceptional habitat

Reminder: Gas powered boats are only allowed on the River, Lake, Sunset Ridge, Kyle East and West and Rucker wetland pools.  Electric powered boats are allowed in all marsh pools.

Kyle: Kyle Marsh East was drained this spring but did not dry all the way out. Quality vegetation growth is primarily in the east pool. East- HCR-9 with the marsh being 60% water. Only natural vegetation grew in the East Unit. Kyle West - HCR-5 with invertebrates being the main food source and due to a recent high water event this unit is nearly 100% full.

Launching boats in Kyle will be possible now with water levels at near full.

West River: An abundance of moist soil plants are growing and areas of mud flats were sown to Jap Millet and Buckwheat. North- HCR-6 with 50% water. South- HCR-9 with 75% water.

Upper Ferguson: The vegetation is in excellent quality. HCR-8 with 50% water.

Lassister: West Lassiter pool was drained this spring and worked for corn planting however do to untimely rains no corn was planted.  However, the vegetation response was great.  East- HCR-7 with 40% water, will fill if we get enough rain. West- HCR-7 with 25% water

Northwest: Recent work to remove trees from inside Northwest marsh has been done and boards have been removed from water control structures to continue renovations. Work is in progress to remove the East water control structure and soon the remaining water will be removed from this wetland. Installation of a new structure will follow. 

Headquarters: Headquarters started full this spring and over the summer naturally dried up. Quality vegetation growth has been good. HCR-8 with 10% water

Mitigation: Mitigation marsh was held this summer. Vegetation growth has been good. HCR-7 with 25% water

Hayward: Hayward has been drained all summer but retained moisture with intermittent rains. The vegetation growth has been excellent this summer. HCR-9 with 100% water

Reichert: Reichart pools were held at reatively low levels but retained water most of the summer. The vegetation growth has been exceptional. HCR-9 with 25% water.

Zebra Mussels have been confirmed in the lake. Be sure to dry boats and equipment before moving to other waters.