Keith Sebelius Reservoir / Norton Wildlife Area
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.
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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.
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.