Wilson Wildlife Area

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Click on the "News" or "General Information" links above for 2020 Dove Field information, refuge dates, contact info, and other current events.

ATTENTION: The refuge at Wilson Wildlife Area will be closed to all activities Sept 1 - Jan 31 except by special permit.

Click HERE for Wilson Lake brochure map

Click on "News" link above for Wilson Wildlife Area refuge boundary maps

Wilson Wildlife Area is located in the scenic Smoky Hills of northcentral Kansas and is on the upper end of 9,000 acre Wilson Reservoir. The 8,069 acre public hunting area is made up of 5,000 acres of rugged rolling hills of native prairie, approximately 2,000 acres of cropland, and 1,000 acres of riparian timber along the Saline River, Cedar Creek, Turkey Creek, and Elm Creek.

Area management focuses on providing a quality experience for visitors, and managing wildlife and wildlife habitats for optimum hunting, fishing and outdoor recreational opportunities. Pheasant, quail, turkey, dove, rabbit, whitetail deer, waterfowl, furbearers and many songbirds and non-game wildlife inhabit or pass through and use the area.

The area has a waterfowl refuge that was established in 1996. Hunting opportunities are fair for deer, turkey, waterfowl, and upland birds. The area receives heavy hunting pressure during season openers and can provide less crowded conditions later in the hunting seasons.

Information shelters on the area and the Wilson Area Office have more information available.

#3 State Park Road Sylvan Grove, KS 67481
Bunker Hill,KS   

Area Manager: Scott Thomasson

Wilson Wildlife Area
Area News - Updated: 08/14/2020
2020 Managed Dove Fields (PDF - 2.70 MB)

There will be 3 managed dove fields at Wilson Wildlife Area, all of which are planted to sunflowers. Portions of all fields will be mowed prior to dove opener.

2 fields are located on the North side of the reservoir accessed from 193rd Street. The first field is located straight South 0.5 miles of the intersection of Mellard Road and 193rd Street. It is located on the West side of the road access that dead-ends to the river. This field is a Youth - Mentor Only field from Sept. 1 to Sept. 15! The adult may hunt with the youth at this field. The second field is approximately a half mile East of the first field, located on the North side of 193rd Street. This field is open to all hunters.

The third field is located on the South side of the reservoir accessible from Reservoir Road. This field is located 4.5 miles east of the intersection at 192nd Street and Land Road. From 192nd Street it will be East on Land Road for 2.5 miles, then South on Reservoir Road for 0.5 miles, then East on Salt Creek Lane for 1.6 miles and then the field will be on the West side of the road at a T-intersection. This field is open to all hunters.

Please refrain from blocking any field entrances and/or gates while accessing this field.

Visit the Wilson Wildlife Area website for field maps.

2020 Dove Field 1

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2020 Dove Field 2

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Wilson Wildlife Area Wildlife Refuge Boundary Map (PDF - 4.80 MB)

The refuge is closed to all access September 1 through January 31 except by special permit only.  This map is to be used for general reference only. Signs will mark the actual refuge boundary. Use the posted signs as the true boundary.

General Information
#3 State Park Road Sylvan Grove, KS 67481
Bunker Hill, KS   

Area Manager: Scott Thomasson

Wilson Wildlife Area

Special Regulations
  • Camping, fires, and off road vehicle use are not allowed on the area.
  • No Cliff jumping

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


The 8,069 acre Wilson Wildlife Area was made available to the Kansas Forestry Fish and Game Commission under the terms of a license with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1965.

Wilson Facilities
Elm Creek Boat Ramp
  • Type of Facility: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: 38.936369 -98.629865
  • Click for more information

    This Boat ramp is used for small watercraft and is not usable when lake is 5 feet low.

    Located 6 miles north of Bunker Hill.

Cedar Creek Boat Ramp

Area Maintenance Building
  • Type of Facility: Information Center
  • Location of Facility: 39.973018 -98.723434
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    Field office and equipment storage.

    Located 6 miles north of Bunker Hill.

Wilson Wildlife Area Calendar

    Wilson Waterfowl Report - 03/05/2021
    Waterfowl numbers

    5,000+ geese. Combination of Canada's, Snow's, and Greater-White Fronts all present.

    3,000+ ducks. Mostly Redheads, Pintails, and Teal present with Mallards, Shovelers, and diving ducks scattered throughout.

    Water level 1515.47 ft and steady; lake is 1/2 foot low. (Conservation pool is 1516.0 ft)
    Hunting conditions

    Cedar Creek and Elm Creek boat ramp both open

    Geese are concentrating on agriculture fields within the Wildlife Area. The majority of the lake is ice free, with sections still froze on the East side.

    Expected hunting success fair

    Duck season is now closed. Regular goose season is now closed. Spring Conservation season remains open thru 04/30

    Low Plains Late: October 31-January 3; January 23-31, 2020

    Zebra mussels are in Wilson Lake, so be sure to drain/dry/clean boats and equipment before moving to other areas.

    Click HERE for Duck Season, Regulation, and Research information.

    Click HERE for hunting regulations in Lucas Park, Minooka Park, and Sylvan Park.