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.

Wildlife Manager: Luke Winge

Located at 4 miles west and 1 mile south from Norton, KS

Area News - Updated: 10/01/2018

Keith Sebelius Reservoir/ Norton Wildlife Area News

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

Norton Wildlife Area is looking promising for the upcoming hunting seasons. Generous summer precipitation has provided ample vegetation 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.

Google Earth maps are available on website. Check Norton website for details and updates.

General Information

Wildlife Manager: Luke Winge

Located at 4 miles west and 1 mile south from Norton, KS


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Wildlife Manager: Luke Winge

Located at 4 miles west and 1 mile south from Norton, KS


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 - 03/12/2019
Waterfowl numbers

 252 ducks. 525 dark geese. Between 5,689 and 9,423 snow geese depending on the time of day.                              

Mallard Migration 5 (1= low 10= high)

Water level Sebelius Reservoir is close to the same elevation as last year. The lake is approximately 11 feet below normal pool.
Hunting conditions The lake has received enough inflow over the summer to keep the water level stable. There are some shallow areas that should provide places to hunt. There is lots of mud to trap hunters - take care while walking along the shoreline. 
Expected hunting success Hunting Success = Minimal - Most snow goose hunting is taking place in private fields off of the wildlife area.
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 15 - 23, 2018

Youth Duck Season: October 6-7, 2018

Regular Duck Season:  October 13, 2018 - December 31, 2018 AND January 12-27, 2019.

Goose Season: October 27 - 28, 2018 AND November 7, 2018 - February 17,2019.

REMINDER - 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.


Dove Fields