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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:

Manager: Andrew Page

Phone: 785-945-6615

Area News - Updated: 08/11/2022

Seven managed Dove fields are located on the Perry Wildlife Area totaling about 93 acres. ALL DOVE FIELDS ON PERRY WILDLIFE AREA ARE NON-TOXIC SHOT ONLY. All fields are sunflowers with the centers of the fields mowed out for hunters to sit around the perimeter of each field. A field is located just South of the area office near 174th and Finney Rd to the East of Finney Rd. and totals 18.6 acres. The refuge Dove field is located North of 190th Rd. East of Swabville and totals 13.9 acres. The refuge Dove field and everything North of 190th Rd. will be closed to all hunting/access and will open for hunters on Saturday September 3rd. There is a 6 acre field located in the youth/disabled area, East of Harvey Rd. and is reserved for a special youth hunt on Saturday September 3rd, this field opens to the public on Sunday September 4th and is closed to all access/activities until that time. We also have a field located just South of 166th and West of Finney Road that is reserved for a special veterans hunt being held on Saturday, September 3rd, and will open to the public on Sunday, September 4th. A field is located just south of the information kiosk on 190th Rd. East of Swabville and totals 20.9 acres. A field is located just Southeast of the intersection of 130th and Edwards Rd. and totals 12.5 acres. The last field is the youth/disabled field which is 15 acres and located just south of 154th Rd and West of Ferguson Rd. in the Youth and Mentor/Handicapped field. Each adult must be accompanied by an actively hunting youth to be hunting this field.

Maintain safe shooting distances between hunting parties and always know what lies beyond your target. It is highly recommended that hunters where safety/shooting glasses within the dove fields to prevent potential injury due to falling pellets.

Detailed maps and information will be posted on the Perry Wildlife Area web page.

Perry Wildlife Area is included in the electronic daily hunt permit system. This system, which will streamline data gathering for management purposes and be convenient for hunters, has taken the place of the old paper dove survey card system. Hunters can register at any time by going to ksoutdoors.com/check-in to register and check-in for hunting. After you are done hunting, you will “check-out” and record any harvest you may have from the hunt. Electronic daily hunt check-in is mandatory for all hunters pursuing any type of game on the Perry Wildlife Area.

For additional information go to: ksoutdoors.com/checkin or call Public Lands Section at 620-672-5911.

Field #1: Non-Toxic shot only. Refuge field closed to public hunting/access, will open September 5th. This is located North of 190th Rd. East of Swabville and totals 13.9 acres.

Field #2: Non-Toxic shot only. This field is located just South of the informational kiosk on 190th Rd. and East of Swabville and totals 20.9 acres.

Field #3: Non-Toxic shot only. This field is located just South of the area office near 174th and Finney Rd to the East of Finney Rd. and totals 18.6 acres

Field #4: Non-Toxic shot only. This field is reserved for a special veteran’s hunt being held on Saturday, September 3rd. It is closed to all activities/access until Sunday, September 4th when it opens to all public access. This field is located just South of 166th and West of Finney Rd and totals 6.2 acres

Field #5: Non-Toxic shot only. This field is the youth/disabled field which is 15 acres and located just south of 154th Rd and West of Ferguson Rd. in the Youth and Mentor/Handicapped field. Each adult mentoring a youth must be accompanied by an actively hunting youth to be hunting this field.

Field #6: Non-Toxic shot only. This field is located just Southeast of the intersection of 130th and Edwards Rd. and totals 12.5 acres.

Field #7: Non-Toxic shot only. This field is reserved for a special youth hunt being held on Saturday, September 3rd. It is closed to all activities/access until Sunday September 4th, then it opens to public access. Even once this field opens to the public, each adult mentoring a youth must be accompanied by an actively hunting youth to be hunting this field. This is located just East of Harvey Rd. in the Perry Wildlife Area Youth/Handicap area and totals 6.2 acres.

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

Perry Reservoir & WA (PDF 928.15 kB)

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 Facility: 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

Northwest Marsh

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

Reichart Marsh

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

Lower Ferguson Marsh
  • Type of Facility: marsh
  • Location of Facility: N39 17.860 W095 25.291
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East River Marsh

Mitigation Marsh

Perry Wildlife Area Waterfowl Report - 11/22/2022
Waterfowl numbers
A waterfowl survey was conducted on 11/22/22 and around 1,500 ducks were observed. The area is picking up a larger percentage of Mallards. Recent colder temperatures have caused some of the wetlands to ice up, however warmer weather this week should open them back up. 

ATTENTION WATERFOWL HUNTERS - LEGAL SHOOTING LIGHT IS FROM 3O MINUTES BEFORE SUNRISE TO SUNSET. 

 
 
*DON'T FORGET TO CHECK-IN / CHECK-OUT HERE, https://ksoutdoors.com/checkin using your licensing login credentials. 
Mallard Migration Rank = 5 (0 = no mallards 10 = peak migration)
Lake level 0.3 Feet Below Conservation Pool
Habitat conditions
Mild flooding in the spring, followed by a dry summer has allowed for a good amount of wetland pool work to be completed and habitat conditions are overall good around the area. 
Expected hunting success 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: Launching of boats in both units is possible. Large portions of the East and upper West units held some shallow water and led to large amounts of unwanted vegetation such as American Lotus and River Bullrush. Pumping is complete and unit is lower than normal, but water right has been completely used so no more pumping will occur this year. HCR-3

West River: Pumping is complete, unit is not as full as most years but we have used our entire water right. Still good water in both the upper and lower units. Summer Draw downs were successful in both the upper and lower units which allowed for some disking, mowing, and millet planting. We will update water levels as this changes. HCR-8

Upper Ferguson: This wetland grew mostly native smartweed and has little water currently. The water control structure is currently removed from the wetland and our contractor expects to get the new one installed in the next couple weeks or so. As soon as this work is complete, we will put boards in and begin collecting runoff. The refuge is closed Oct 1st thru Jan 15th to ALL Activity HCR-6.

Lassister: The majority of both units of this wetland were planted to corn. We are awaiting harvest of the corn before we can start collecting water in this pool.  HCR-7

Northwest: Full pool. Summer drawdowns were successful leading to a good stand of desirable moist soil vegetation such as millet, smartweed, etc.   HCR-8

Headquarters: This wetland was drawn down early and corn was planted in some of it. Once the tenant harvests their 75%, then we will began to try to collect water, no water at this point. HCR-6

Mitigation:  Water was held in this unit, however it has evaporated so the unit is dry as of now. We have boards in and are attempting to collect runoff. HCR-7

Hayward: Pool is currently dry but grew good stands of desirable native moist soil vegetation with some supplemental millet seeding as well .  HCR-7

Reichart: Full Pool. Most of unit was planted to corn and are awaiting harvest.   HCR-8. 

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

Please remember to fill out the permit with accurate information. THIS INFORMATION IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE CURRENT AND FUTURE MANAGEMENT OF THE AREA. FILL OUT ONLY YOUR INDIVIDUAL HARVEST EFFORTS, i.e., NOT A GROUP HARVEST TOTAL.