Toronto Wildlife Area

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The Wildlife Area includes riparian timbered areas, grasslands, cropland, and wetland communities. Management includes native plant restoration, prescribed burning, timber management and farming to provide food and habitat for wildlife. Toronto Wildlife Area has 4700 acres of land and water open to public hunting where a wide variety of game and non-game animals can be found. Species include white-tailed deer, turkey, bobwhite quail, squirrel, waterfowl, rabbits and furbearers. Marshes have been constructed to provide excellent habitat for migratory birds. These marshes also provide some excellent viewing for non-game species of shore birds. Fishing in the reservoir, Walnut Creek, and the Verdigris River can be excellent for white bass, crappie, channel catfish and flathead catfish. The numerous brush piles are also excellent places to pursue black bass, bluegill and sunfish. Boat ramps have been constructed around the reservoir, on Walnut Creek and the Verdigris River to provide boat access.

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Area News - Updated: 08/17/2016

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2016 Dove Hunting Opportunities at Toronto Wildlife Area


           Two fields of sunflowers totaling approximately 100 acres have been planted this year at Toronto Wildlife Area. These fields will be managed through timely mowing to attract doves.   Fields at Toronto are in overall good condition despite heavy rains and flooding that took place this spring and early summer. Good hunting opportunities are anticipated.


Hunters will be required to use only non-toxic shot in managed dove fields at Toronto Wildlife Area. Managed dove fields are considered to be any field in which data collection by harvest survey cards is required and will usually be fields that have been planted in sunflowers.


Dove hunters will find mailboxes with registration cards posted at each sunflower field. Instructions posted at these mailboxes will guide hunters through the registration and harvest reporting process. Hunters are asked to please take the time to register and report their harvest accurately and be aware that registration and reporting is required. Accurate collection of this data is very important to help KDWP staff to evaluate the effectiveness of dove field location and management strategies that will help maximize opportunities for the dove hunters that choose to hunt at Toronto Wildlife Area. Extra signs will be posted around the dove fields, and KDWP staff and Law Enforcement Officers will be patrolling dove fields to answer questions and remind hunters that registration and reporting of harvest is required. Hunters are also reminded that doves may be banded as part of a nationwide dove banding study. Hunters can help by inspecting all harvested doves for the presence of leg bands. The more bands that are reported by hunters the better understanding wildlife biologists will have about the habits of these challenging game birds. The phone number to call to report band information is 1-800-327-(BAND) 2263. This number is also printed on the bands but the bands are relatively small, making the phone number difficult to read.


           For more information concerning the Toronto Wildlife Area contact the Kansas Dept. of Wildlife and Parks at: (620)-583-6783.

General Information

Toronto WA (PDF 234.63 kB)

Manager: Ben Stultz

Phone: (620) 583-6783

Special Regulations

Off Road Vehicle and Horse use is prohibited.

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


Toronto Reservoir was completed in 1960 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In 1964 the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks entered into a license agreement with the Corps of Engineers for fish and wildlife management of 4700 acres of land and water in the upper reaches of the project.

Toronto Facilities
Walnut Creek boat ramp
  • Type of Facility: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: N37 47.558 W95 59.973
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    This boat ramp is located on Walnut Creek for access to the creek.

Verdigris River boat ramp
  • Type of Facility: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: N37 49.703 W95 57.757
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    This boat ramp is located on the river for river access

Toronto Reservoir Waterfowl Report - 02/08/2017
Waterfowl numbers Geese were nearly absent this week on or around Toronto Lake. This is possibly due to warmer, Spring-like weather conditions. Duck season closed on 1/29/17 in the Southeast Zone, but goose season is open statewide until 2/12/17.
Water level Reservoir is 0.6' above conservation pool. Marsh at 54 hwy is about half full.
Hunting conditions Reservoir is about 100% open.
Expected hunting success NA
Comments This is the last waterfowl report of the season. For other info. call 620-583-6783.