Tuttle Creek Wildlife Area

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Tuttle Creek Wildlife Area Waterfowl Report

Tuttle Creek Lake is situated in the beautiful Flint Hills region of Kansas. The lake is the second largest in the state offering 12,000 acres of water and 100 miles of irregular wooded shoreline. Tuttle Creek Lake, being the key unit of flood control projects within the Kansas River Basin, may swell to 54,000 acres. KDWPT also manages 12,200 acres of land on the north end of the lake for wildlife benefit. In addition to permanent habitat enhancement, KDWPT provides 3,220 acres of cropland for winter food. Because of the flooding, area management will focus on enhancing wetland habitat. 480 acres of constructed wetlands provide food and shelter to migrating shorebirds and waterfowl. Other species managed for include white-tailed deer, turkey, quail, pheasants, squirrels and doves.

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Area News - Updated: 12/05/2019

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Hunters-

The Wildlife area has been 99% covered with water most of the year. There will be no habitat on the WA this year.  The lake level is back to normal.  The main roads are open except 13th rd in Marshall County, the silt that was deposited is deep and must dry out before road work can begin.  The boat ramps at Redbud and Swede Creek are also covered with silt and my not be usable for some time until they can be cleaned up.  Tuttle Creek is part of the iSportsman system. Check-in is required for all hunters while hunting. Be sure to check in or check out from a location that has internet access. The wildlife area has spotty reception at best. For more information about iSportsman or for help creating/using your account, check out the iSportsman app,  or contact Nathan Henry the area Manager at 785-363-7316.

General Information
County/Counties:

Manager: Nathan Henry

Phone: (785) 363-7316

Office Address:
801 S. Main
Blue Rapids, KS 66411


Special Regulations
  • All hunters are required to check into I-sportsman prior to hunting
  • Camping, off-road vehicle and ATV use, horseback riding and target shooting are prohibited on the Wildlife Area.
  • Wood cutting is not allowed on the Wildlife Area.

Special Features: Handicapped hunting in designated area allows vehicle use for hunting.

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

History

Construction by the Army Corps of Engineers began in the late 1950's and the reservoir was completed and filled in 1963. License to manage 11,800 acres for wildlife management was granted in 1964. The license was amended in 1965 to include a total of 12,030 acres. KDWPT has obtained fee title to 170 acres of land not contiguous with the reservoir property. That makes the total license property 12,200 acres of land.

Tuttle Creek Facilities
Swede Creek Ramp
  • Type of Facility: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: N39 30 20.9 W96 39 18.6
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Redbud Boat Ramp
  • Type of Facility: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: N39 32 20.6 W96 37 11.4
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Headquarters Office
  • Type of Facility: Office
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: N39 40 44.1 W96 39 33.6
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Tuttle Creek Wildlife Area Waterfowl Report - 02/07/2020
Waterfowl numbers

50 ducks  100 Canada Geese

Mallard Migration Rank (0-10) =10

Water level The lake is currently at 1072 and holding.
Hunting conditions Poor
Expected hunting success Poor
Comments A permit/survey is required to hunt the Tuttle Creek Wildlife Area.  Due to the flooding expected success is very low due to the lack of food and cover.