Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area

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Marais des Cygnes Waterfowl Report

Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area (7,654 ac) lies in the floodplain of the Marais des Cygnes River and is unique for its quantity of managed wetlands and bottomland hardwood forest. The array of wetland units are managed for a diversity of habitat types, producing abundant food and cover for migratory waterfowl and other wetland species. In general, wetlands are dewatered in the spring and reflooded in the fall with water pumped from the river.

Bottomland hardwood forests are dominated by oak and hickory and are excellent habitat for wild turkey, white-tailed deer, squirrels, and, during wet seasons, waterfowl that use forested wetlands. In addition to wetlands and bottomland forest, the area features upland forest, upland and wet-meadow prairie, restored native grasslands, and cropland.

Although the primary focus of the area is wetland and waterfowl management, angling for catfish in the Marais des Cygnes River and tributary streams can be excellent. In addition, fishing is allowed in marsh units from April 15 through September 15. Fish salvages are allowed by posted notice when marsh units are dewatered for wetland management.

Birding and wildlife watching are popular activities. Birding is particularly spectacular during spring migrations (April through mid-June). Pecan picking and mushroom hunting are also seasonally popular.

Users of the Wildlife Area may also be interested in the adjacent Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Click link to NWR Home Page for more information.

For a full-color map of both the state Wildlife Area and federal National Wildlife Refuge click Map link.

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Manager: Karl Karrow:
Phone: (913) 352-8941

6 mi N of Pleasanton on US Hwy 69

Address:
16382 Vail Rd
Pleasanton,KS    66075
County/Counties:
Area News - Updated: 01/12/2012

Area News

The river boat ramp located just north of E 1700 Rd provides access into the Marais des Cygnes River for angling and hunting. Users should be aware, however, that the ramp may be temporarily unusable after high water events due to excessive silt accumulation. Area staff will try to clear the ramp as quickly as possible after high water, but may be delayed by other tasks.

General Information

Phone:
Address:
16382 Vail Rd
 
Pleasanton, KS    66075
County/Counties:

Helpful Information

Manager: Karl Karrow:
Phone: (913) 352-8941

6 mi N of Pleasanton on US Hwy 69


Special Regulations
  • Waterfowl hunters are required to register before hunting and to report harvest at the end of the hunt.
  • Closed area (refuge) is closed to all activities year-round.
  • Non-toxic shot is required for all hunting.
  • Target shooting is prohibited.

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

History

Most of the wildlife area was purchased in 1953-55, with additions through 2008. The area currently encompasses over 7,650 acres.

Marais des Cygnes Facilities
WA Headquarters
  • Type of Cabin: Information Center
  • Location of Facility: N38 15.790 W94 40.788
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Unit G campsite
  • Type of Cabin: Primitive camping
  • Location of Facility: N38 17.116 W94 44.032
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Unit A campsite
  • Type of Cabin: Primitive camping
  • Location of Facility: N38 15.256 W94 42.161
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Unit A campsite
  • Type of Cabin: Primitive camping
  • Location of Facility: N38 14.844 W94 41.608
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MdC River Boat Ramp
  • Type of Cabin: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: N38 16.394 W94 42.952
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Unit G West Boat Ramp
  • Type of Cabin: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: N38 17.051 W94 44.981
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Unit G South Boat Ramp
  • Type of Cabin: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: N38 16.818 W94 44.027
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Unit F Boat Ramps
  • Type of Cabin: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: N38 13.640 W94 41.970
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    Ramps into Units F-East and F-South.


Unit A-East Boat Ramp
  • Type of Cabin: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: N38 15.149 W94 42.173

Marais des Cygnes Waterfowl Report
Marais des Cygnes Waterfowl Report -
Waterfowl numbers Few snow geese.
Mallard migration rank

MMR = 3.

0 = No Mallards, 1 = Very Few Mallards, 5 = Moderate Numbers, 10 = Peak

Water levels All units have good water levels.
Hunting/ Habitat conditions NOTICE:  Much of the wildlife area is closed to snow goose hunting due to mowed grain.  These sites are considered to be "baited" until 10 days after grain is consumed.  Map of closures is posted in check-in kiosk.
Hunting success Season ducks:  5,508 / 3,629 hunters = 1.5 success (this is well above average).  Season dark goose harvest = 111.  Zero snow geese harvested since Nov 16.
Comments

Snow goose hunters must register before hunting and report harvest after the hunt (KAR 115-8-1). Notice: You must fill out reports completely and accurately. False reports will be prosecuted.  Isportsman electronic registration is not available for Marais des Cygnes this season.

Outboard motors are restricted on this wildlife area and are allowed in Unit G and in the boat lane only in Unit A-East. Outboards are not allowed in any other wetland units. Electric trolling motors are unrestricted. Boats must be operated at wakeless speed.  Boats must have sufficient PFDs for occupants.

Waterfowl report is updated only if there are significant changes in waterfowl numbers or hunting conditions.