Copan Wildlife Area

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The Little Caney River provides excellent stream fishing, 3 miles of which bisects the area. White bass and crappie travel upstream from Copan Lake for spawning in the spring and provide area anglers with excellent fishing. A low-water dam on the wildlife area provides a barrier to fish moving upstream. Boating is confined to small craft or canoes due to numerous log-jams on the river. Channel and flathead catfish along with largemouth and spotted bass also inhabit the river. Hunters will find many opportunities and diversified habitat, including riparian, woodlands, native grass, cropland, and numerous waterfowl marshes. White-tailed deer, turkey, squirrels, bobwhite quail, waterfowl, and rabbits are abundant. Five waterfowl marshes were constructed previously as borrow areas for fill dirt in the Caney levee, and often have naturally occuring vegetation. The numerous blocks of woodlands interspersed with croplands provide excellent hunting for deer. Squirrel hunting is also abundant on the area.

Area News - Updated: 01/25/2005

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General Information

Copan WA (PDF 391.00 kB)

Manager: Darin Porter
Phone: 620-331-6820

Special Regulations
  • Vehicles are permitted on maintained roads only.
  • Off-road ATV use is prohibited.
  • Consult area information signs for additional rules and regulations regarding the area.

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


Copan Wildlife Area has 2,360 acres for fish and wildlife management that were licensed to The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks from the Corps of Engineers in 1981. The wildlife area is part of an overall project with the 5000 acre Copan Reservoir, located in Oklahoma.