Marion Reservoir

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The Marion Reservoir and Wildlife Area is located along the western edge of the Flint Hills in the Cottonwood River Valley of central Kansas. Sitting in the Neosho Basin, the area consists of 3,700 acres of mixed native grass and riparian timber, 2,350 acres of cropland and 6,160 acres of Marion Reservoir. Lying in close proximity to several major metropolitian areas, this allows visitors to enjoy the abundant wildlife and recreational opportunities that the state has to offer without having to travel far from the city. Anglers have ample opportunity to catch Walleye, Crappie, Wipers and Channel Catfish throughout the year. The area is managed for variouse game species including Pheasants, Quail, Rabbit, Turkey, and White-Tail Deer. Waterfowl hunters will find good populations of Canada, Snow and White-Fronted geese as well as all species of ducks found within the Central Flyway. An 800 acre Waterfowl Refuge that is managed to attract and hold waterfowl is located along French Creek. This area is closed to hunting all year and closed to all activities from Oct. 1 to Mar. 1. There is handicapped accessable fishing at Broken Bridge on the river. 171 campsites are located in four parks that are managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

County/Counties:

Area Manager: Scott Amos - Phone (620) 732-3946

Wildlife Biologist: Jeff Rue - Phone (620) 732-3946

Fisheries Biologist: Craig Johnson - Phone (316) 322-7513

Area News - Updated: 10/06/2022

Waterfowl Refuge:

Waterfowl Hunters MUST Do Their Part To Stop The Spread Of Zebra Mussels:

Wood Cutting on Marion Wildlife Area:

New check in check out system:

Waterfowl Refuge:

The refuge at Marion Wildlife area, located on the south west part of the reservoir along French creek, extends out from the shoreline 100 yards into the water. What this means is that approximately 110 acres of water along the shoreline of the refuge are included in the restricted access area and are off limits to hunting. Accessing the refuge by boat or hunting near the refuge shoreline is not permitted. 

Waterfowl Hunters need to help stop the Zebra Mussel:

 With waterfowl season just around the corner, hunters need to be aware that Marion Reservoir now is infested with Zebra Mussels. Hunters need to follow three simple steps to ensure they do not spread these invasive mussels to other bodies of water. CLEAN, DRAIN, DRY:

  • Hunters should clean and remove all visible vegetation, mud and debris from decoy’s, bags, waders, boats, and any other equipment that gets wet.
  • All water should be drained from boats, decoys and decoy bags, etc. Research has found that vellegers (young Zebra Mussels), which are microscopic, are transported in large volumes of water.
  • Hunters should allow their equipment to dry for a 5 day period before returning to their favorite duck hunting spots. However, if hunters wanted to hunt before that, they can run through the car wash and hose their equipment down with high-pressure, hot water.

If hunters take a few minutes to inspect their equipment before leaving Marion Reservoir, they will keep Zebra Mussels out of other bodies of water.

Wood Cutting on Marion Wildlife Area:

This winter, KDWPT will be cutting trees in a few spots around the wildlife area. These trees have been piled to be burnt at a later date. If you are interested in cutting some of the wood for personal use, a wood cutting permit is required. You can pick up this free permit at KDWPT headquarters located at Broken Bridge.

New check in check out system:

KDWP has started to use a new system for checking in and out while using the wildlife area. The new system works with the licensing system and includes an app for your smart phone. Checking in and out at Marion wildlife area is a requirement. More information can be found at ksoutdoors.com/checkin

General Information
County/Counties:

Marion Reservoir & WA (PDF 242.03 kB)

Area Manager: Scott Amos - Phone (620) 732-3946

Wildlife Biologist: Jeff Rue - Phone (620) 732-3946

Fisheries Biologist: Craig Johnson - Phone (316) 322-7513


Special Regulations
  • Camping on the KDWPT managed area is allowed only at Durham Cove.
  • Driving off established roads is prohibited this includes 4-wheelers.
  • This area has a no-trash policy. Please take all trash with you.

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

History

The 12,200 acre Marion Reservoir and Wildlife area was constructed in 1968 by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers as a flood control structure. It was opened to the public for recreational use in 1969.

Marion Facilities
Cotton Wood Point
  • Type of Facility: Boat Ramp
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N38 23.397 W97 04.615
  • This Facility is Reservable.
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    This camping area is managed by the Corps of Engineers. It has electrical and water hook-up's, several vault tiolets,and two restroom/shower buildings.


Hillsboro Cove
  • Type of Facility: Boat Ramp
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N38 21.917 W97 06.071
  • This Facility is Reservable.
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French Creek
  • Type of Facility: Boat Ramp
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N38 23.275 W97 09.008
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Durham Cove
  • Type of Facility: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: N38 26.232 W97 09.678
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Broken Bridge
  • Type of Facility: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: N38 27.128 W97 11.304
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Marion Waterfowl Report - 12/02/2022
Waterfowl Numbers

Very few ducks were observed 12-2 after two days of strong south wind across the area.

Waterfowl numbers have started to increase for the season but birds still seem to be moving on quickly. Geese are in the area but have been using city sewer ponds.

Numbers and conditions can change daily.

Ice 1%
Water level Lake level is at 1348.62 (Conservation pool is 1350.50)
Hunting conditions

Fair.

There was very little natural food production along the shoreline this year in the way of moist soil vegetation like barnyard grass and yellow nut sedge. Crops on the area have been negatively affected by the drought. Water levels are dropping leaving behind exposed mud between the water and shoreline.

Expected hunting success Poor.
Comments

The boat ramp at Broken Bridge on the North Cottonwood river has a drop off at the end due to erosion. There are two post marking the end of the concrete on either side of the ramp. Planned maintenance on the boat ramp will carried out soon. Use caution!!!

The refuge at Marion Wildlife area, located on the south west part of the reservoir along French creek, extends out from the shoreline 100 yards into the water. What this means is that approximately 110 acres of water along the shoreline of the refuge are included in the restricted access area, and are off limits to hunting. Accessing the refuge by boat or hunting near the refuge shoreline is not permitted.

Remember Marion Reservoir has ZEBRA MUSSELS. Make sure to Clean, Drain and Dry your equipment. Clean all visible vegetation and mud from decoys, bags, waders, etc. Drain water from decoy bags and boats. Allow equipment to Dry for a five day period before using it at another area, OR wash with high-pressure hot water.

Many of the roads around the reservoir can get very greasy after rain, or melting snow, please use good judgement about which roads you try to travel on.