KDWPT Mobile Aquarium


Overview - The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism (KDWPT) own and operate a mobile aquarium (MA). The purpose of the MA is to increase public awareness and appreciation of Kansas’ fisheries resources, increase interest and participation in recreational fishing, and aid KDWPT in staying connected with the citizen’s of Kansas. The MA is 40 foot long and holds 3,200 gallons.


The Milford Fish Hatchery is home to the MA and the MA display fish. At events across the state of Kansas, the MA displays many Kansas sportfish and non-game fish. Species typically on display include; largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, white bass, striped bass, hybrid striped bass (wiper), bluegill, green sunfish, longear sunfish, channel catfish, blue catfish, flathead catfish, buffalo, common carp, walleye, sauger, saugeye, redear sunfish, black crappie, white crappie, longnose gar, spotted gar, freshwater drum and many more. Fisheries biologists are on hand at MA events passing out literature and talking with you the public about the state's fish resources.

If you think the aquarium would be a great addition to your event, please submit an application.  The application is due the November prior to the year of your event.  Due to the effort required for travel and set up, the aquarium can only travel to 2 or 3 events every year including the Kansas State Fair in September.  In addition to the requirements listed on the application, the event must be open to the general public and span at least two days.

Published 9/9/2008By Tom Lang, KDWPThe 2008 Kansas State Fair proved to be an outstanding event for the Mobile Aquarium (MA). Despite poor weather for much of it, in ten days at the Fair the MA had approximately 126,000 visitors, including 41,000 youths. The MA participated in the Kansas Largest Classroom program and saw many school groups duri ... Read More

Hutchinson New Article - Published online 9/4/2008 11:10 PMThrough creative foods, wacky contests and events, new adventures await.By Amy Bickel - The Hutchinson News - abickel@hutchnews.comCreatures big and small.Oh, and a few things ginormous, like a 20-foot rolling television, several-hundred-pound pumpkins and a huge fish tank.So what is th ... Read More

Hutchinson News article - Published online 9/4/2008 11:15 PMOff the beaten path, unusual discoveries await - like a 3,200-gallon fish tank.By Amy Bickel - The Hutchinson News - abickel@hutchnews.comMy favorite things to see at the Kansas State Fair aren't all on the standard state fair trail.Sure, I'll admit there are the old regulars everyone ... Read More

2019 Event Schedule  (subject to change)

Topeka Boat Show:   February January 31 to February 2

Wichita Sports Show:  March 14 to March 17

Kansas State Fair:    September 6 to September 15

  • September 19-18: Kansas State Fair
  • June 24-25: The Bass Federation Central Championship and KS High School Bass Championship
  • February 11-13: Topeka Boat and Outdoor Show
  • September 10-19: Kansas State Fair
  • July 29-31: Finney County Fair
  • May 14-15: Wichita River Fesitval
  • Mar 6-7: AMBUCS Fest, Salina
  • Septemeber 11-20: Kansas State Fair
  • May 15-16: Wichita River Festival
  • May 2: Black Hoof Park Grand Opening and Lake Lenexa Re-opening
  • February 6-8: Topeka Boat and Outdoor Show (View Photos)
  • September 5-14: Kansas State Fair, Hutchinson (View Photos)
  • May 15-17: Wichita Riverfest, Wichita (View Photos)
  • May 3: Meade State Park OK Kids Day, Meade

David Breth

Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks
512 SE 25th Ave., Pratt KS 67124
(620) 672-5911

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