Gurley Salt Marsh Wildlife Area

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As of August 2019, the marsh basin is dry.  A new water control structure is scheduled to be installed yet this summer.  Having a water control structure will enable us to manage water and habitat conditions in the future.  We hope to have huntable water for Special Hunts this fall, but Mother Nature will have to cooperate.  Updates will be posted here as they happen.

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**Remember, hunting at Gurley Salt Marsh is only allowed via the Special Hunts program from September through February.**

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The Gurley Salt Marsh property is 160 acres in size, located in northern Lincoln County.  Approximately 18 miles south of Beloit, KS and 6 miles west of Barnard, KS.  Or ½ mile north of the intersection of Kansas Highways 14 and 284 on the east side of Highway 14.

Gurley Salt Marsh has a diverse mix of both wetland and upland habitat.  When full the main basin covers about 45 acres with shallow water.  There are also approximately 50 acres of high quality Smoky Hills prairie in the southeast corner of the property.  The property is currently managed with a grazing program and plans are being developed to enhance the wetlands with water control structures that will allow for manipulation of water levels as well as construction of additional berms to expand the managed wetland acres on the property.  The property can only be accessed via walking from the parking lot off of Kansas Highway 14. 

NON-TOXIC SHOT IS REQUIRED FOR ALL SHOTGUN HUNTING

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Address:
2131 180 Rd
Glen Elder, Ks,KS    67446
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Area News - Updated: 12/07/2017
General Information
Phone:
Address:
2131 180 Rd
 
Glen Elder, Ks, KS    67446
County/Counties:

Chris Lecuyer Glen Elder WA Manager2131 180 Rd.Glen Elder, KS  67446785-545-3345 (office)


Special Regulations

From September 1st through March 1st all public access and hunting on the property is managed through the KDWPT Special Hunts program with the goal of providing hunters with a quality experience.  More info on Special Hunts can be found at http://ksoutdoors.com/Hunting/Special-Hunts-Information  From March 2 – August 31 the property is open to public access for hunting, fishing, hiking, etc.  Bird watching and photography opportunities are excellent especially during the spring migration months.  The property can only be accessed via walking from the parking lot off of Kansas Highway 14.

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*NON-TOXIC SHOT IS REQUIRED FOR ALL SHOTGUN HUNTING*

Camping, fires, and target shooting are all prohibited activities on the property.  Please take all trash with you.

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

History

The property was purchased by KDWPT in 2012 from owner Jim Gurley utilizing both a NAWCA Grant and a Conoco-Phillips Playa Lakes Joint Venture Grant.  This wetland area has long been known as one of the few historic salt marsh locations in Kansas.  The property has a rich tradition of waterfowl hunting in past decades primarily with the Barnard Gun Club group.

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