Fall River Wildlife Area

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The Fall River Wildlife Area is located in the physiographic area know as the Osage Cuestas, in rolling prairie country, with a wide fertile flood plain valley surrounded by steep rolling uplands. The area has very distinct habitats including 6 miles of Otter Creek and 14 miles of Fall River with 2300 acres of riparian timber, 2500 acres of native grass, 2988 acres of cropland and 960 acres of the Fall River Reservoir.

Area management will focus on increasing the quality of the experience for visitors, managing wildlife and wildlife habitats with an ecological based approach while providing quality hunting, fishing and outdoor recreational opportunities. Species managed for include deer, turkey, waterfowl, quail, squirrels and doves.

Special Features

  • 2 Waterfowl Refuges closed to all activity all year.
  • Ladd Bridge boat ramp on river.
  • Two Duck Archaeological Sites
  • Moss Ford a 200 foot wide river crossing.
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Area News - Updated: 05/22/2019

Area News

Wet Weather, Road Closures, and Access Difficulties in May 2019

     A few locations in Fall River Wildlife Area are currently inaccessible due to the high water level of Fall River Reservoir. Within the wildlife area, 70th St. is impassable west and east of Ladd Bridge, and the boat ramp is inaccessible. Moss Ford is impassable. V Rd. is impassable just north of 85th St. to about halfway between 85th and V Rd. due to high water, as well as a deteriorated low water crossing at this point. The Honey Creek crossing on T Rd. between 80th and 90th is impassable due to high water. Also, 100th St. between U Rd. and V Rd. is closed by the county due to a washed out bridge.

     More rain and strong storms are forecast for this weekend and the week of May 20-24 and may result in conditions becoming worse.

     Unfortunately, wet weather conditions have prevented the planting of sunflower fields in Fall River Wildlife Area for the purpose of September dove hunting. Timing is critical in order for sunflowers to have time to reach maturity, dry down, and begin attracting doves in advance of the opening day of dove season. When these prerequisites are not met, doves will tend to move on to other areas along their migration route.

     For more information concerning Fall River Wildlife Area contact the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism at: 620-583-6783 or ben.stultz@ks.gov .

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Fall River Reservoir & WA (PDF 314.31 kB)

Manager: Ben Stultz
Phone: (620) 583-6783

Eureka is the closest town with gas stations, grocery stores, etc.

Climax (if it shows on the map) is the closest town but has no businesses of any kind.


Special Regulations

Off Road Vehicle and Horse use is prohibited.

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

History

The 9,352 acre Fall River Wildlife Area was made available to the Kansas Forestry Fish and Game Commission under terms of a license with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1964.

Fall River Facilities
Fall River WA Office
  • Type of Facility: Office
  • Location of Facility: N37 43.463 W96 12.486
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    Located near the west end of the Wildlife Area directly east of Climax approximately 1 mile. This office is the management headquarters for the Wildlife Area.


Floating Dock
  • Type of Facility: Dock
  • Location of Facility: N37 38.931 W96 04.502
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    Next to Engineers Cove boat ramp.


Engineers Cove Boat Ramp
  • Type of Facility: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: N37 38.931 W96 04.502
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    This boat ramp is located on the south side of the reservoir near the dam in Engineers Cove.


Ladd Bridge Boat Ramp
  • Type of Facility: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: N37 42.482 W96 08.423
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    This boat ramp is located on the river for river access


Fall River Reservoir Waterfowl Report - 01/24/2019
Waterfowl numbers

1/24/19

About 1,000 ducks were using the reservoir this week, as well as about 300 Canada geese. Ducks were using an open pool out in the middle of the reservoir.

Duck season for the Low Plains Southeast Zone is from Nov. 10, 2018 – Jan. 6, 2019 and Jan. 12-27, 2019. The season for Canada geese and light geese opens initially for two days Oct. 27 and 28, 2018. It then opens again Nov. 7, 2018 and runs until Feb. 17, 2019. The season for white-fronted geese opens Oct. 27 through Dec. 30, 2018 and Jan. 26 through Feb. 17, 2019. The light geese, conservation order season will be from Feb. 18 to Apr. 30, 2019.

Water level The reservoir is 0.56 ft. above conservation pool. Wetlands are full.
Hunting conditions The reservoir is approximately 90% frozen over.
Expected hunting success Based on observations, hunting success may be slow. Although open water is limited, ducks and geese have been using crop fields.
Comments A new report will be posted weekly during the fall and winter waterfowl seasons. For information pertaining to the Fall River Wildlife Area call 620-583-6783.