CELEBRATE JULY 4 AT A KANSAS STATE PARKState parks are perfect venue for July 4 outdoor fun, but check local regulations on fireworksPRATT—Baseball; apple pie; red, white and blue; and state parks – what could be more American? The July Fourth Holiday weekend is a big one for Kansas’ 26 state parks. Kansans love summer outdoor fun, and it’s a t ... Read More

Apply online for Elk and Firearm Either-Species/Either-Sex deer permits PRATT — The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) reminds resident hunters that 2011 Firearm Either-Species/Either-Sex Deer permit applications are due July 8. Applications are available online at www.kdwpt.state.ks.us and must be submitted online or by ... Read More

Merger adds new responsibility for agencyTOPEKA--On July 1, the Division of Travel and Tourism will officially transfer from the Department of Commerce to the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. The merger changes the agency’s name to the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) and the name of the division to the Division ... Read More

Equipment allowed in eight reservoirs; special permit required PRATT — Now in the last of a three-year pilot program, the Kansas floatline fishing season begins July 15 and runs through Sept. 15. The season is open at eight Kansas reservoirs: Hillsdale, Council Grove, Tuttle Creek, Kanopolis, John Redmond, Toronto, Wilson, and Pomona. During th ... Read More

Closure intended for safety of anglers and boaters  TOPEKA – The U.S. Coast Guard has closed the Missouri River to all vessel traffic, including vessels used for fishing and recreation, from mile marker 386 located downstream of Leavenworth, northward to mile marker 811, near Gavins’ Point Dam in Yankton, S. D. Mile marker 386 is about one ... Read More