Keith Sebelius Reservoir / Norton Wildlife Area

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Norton Wildlife Area, located 3 miles southwest of Norton, comprises Sebelius Reservoir and adjacent lands except for the State Park and Federal Operation Areas. When full, the reservoir totals 2,181 water acres and provides the best natural resource opportunities. As water levels decline, trade offs occur between aquatic and land species and associated recreational opportunities. Constituents are always looking for ways to keep water levels as high as possible in the reservoir.

The area primarily provides great hunting, fishing, and boating. Walk-in access is nearly unlimited. A system of seasonal and permanent roads provides good vehicular access. The only fees required are licenses for fishing, hunting, and boating, which support management of the area.

Area News - Updated: 09/22/2020

For information regarding dove hunting please click the tab to the right.

Norton Wildlife Area is looking promising for the upcoming hunting seasons. Spring rain provided good moisture for vegetation to start growing and summer rains have been ample to keep it growing for wildlife to utilize. Both deer and birds will be hard to see if they are very far off the road due to the tall vegetation. This will lead to good hunting opportunities for those willing to hike to places unknown.

With the high water the south road does not pass completely through the wildlife area. It is closed East of the bluff and will be reopened when the water recedes.

Google Earth map for the area is available here. Also here for the Almena Diversion.

General Information

Manager: Luke Winge

Pheasants Forever Habitat Specialist: Katie Bohl

Area Location: 4 miles west and 1 mile south from Norton, KS

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The Norton Wildlife Area is a reservoir property that is owned by the Bureau of Reclamation, but managed under a long-term agreement by Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism for fish, wildlife, and recreation. The Norton Wildlife Area borders Keith Sebelius Lake which was created in 1964 when the Bureau of Reclamation completed construction of the Norton Dam.

Keith Sebelius Reservoir / Norton Areas

Three Jakes

Schoen's Cove

Norton Waterfowl Report - 11/24/2020
Waterfowl numbers Ducks - 865   Geese - 157   Snow Geese - 1,254 
Water level The water level is similar to last year. 4 feet low - 64% of full.
Hunting conditions Water loss from irrigation has created mud flats and some muddy shorelines. In spots hunters will have a tough time finding enough vegetation to hide in. However, the water draw down has created a number of shallow areas that teal and puddles ducks will be able to utilize.
Expected hunting success Moderate success can be expected for teal and early duck season. 
Norton Reservoir is in the HIGH PLAINS DUCK ZONE

Blinds may be used and must be constructed of natural herbaceous materials or woody debris that are present on the site.  Blinds constructed of non-natural materials must be removed from the property each day.  Please do not bring materials from off-site. 


Teal Season: September 19 - 27, 2020

Youth Duck Season: October 3-4, 2020

Regular Duck Season:  October 10, 2020 - January 3, 2021, AND January 22-31, 2021

Canada Goose Season: October 31 - November 1, 2020 AND November 4, 2020 - February 14, 2021


The refuge is NO ACCESS. Geese that have been shot at and land in the refuge CAN NOT be retrieved. Please use common sense and choose shots that will not allow shot geese to land in the refuge.

Leaving dead birds laying in the field/parking lots is prohibited. Goose meat taste delicious - there are multiple recipes online that can teach you how to cook it. Leaving dead birds on the wildlife area because you do not know how to cook them is not allowed.

Pick up all your trash. Leaving candy wrappers, pop bottles, and EMPTY SHELLS is considered littering and you will be ticketed.


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