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: 08/30/2019

Area News

Continued Road Closures - Fall 2019

     Closed: V Rd. between 100th St. and 85th St.
                 To detour, use 100th St. and W50 Rd.

     Closed: 100th St. between V Rd. and U Rd.
                 To detour, use 130th St. from Hwy. 99 and V Rd.
                

Managed Dove Fields for 2019

     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 - 01/24/2020
Waterfowl numbers

1/23/20

About 500 mallards and a couple hundred mergansers were using Fall River Reservoir later in the week. Canada geese have been using harvested crop fields and possibly open portions of the river; a few hundred have been seen in the area.

Duck season for the Low Plains Southeast Zone is from Nov. 9, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020 and Jan. 11-26, 2020. The season for Canada geese and light geese opens initially for two days Oct. 26 and 27, 2019. It then re-opens Nov. 6, 2019 and continues through Feb. 16, 2020. The season for white-fronted geese opens Oct. 26 through Dec. 29, 2019 and Jan. 25 through Feb. 16, 2020. The light geese, conservation order season will be from Feb. 17 to Apr. 30, 2020.

Water level The reservoir is about 3.9 ft. above conservation pool level.
Hunting conditions Fall River Reservoir is about 2% frozen over. Area ponds are frozen. Creeks are frozen over, but the river is still mostly open. Spring flooding and fluctuating summer water levels prevented good growth of vegetation for waterfowl food sources around the reservoir edge. Flooding also hindered normal crop production and harvest in the wildlife area, leaving many Ag fields unavailable for waterfowl food sources.
Expected hunting success Irregular winter conditions and limited food sources may cause waterfowl activity in the area to be somewhat unpredictable, but with increased numbers of ducks and geese using the area, good hunting opportunities may exist.
Comments A new report will normally be posted weekly during the fall and winter waterfowl seasons. For information pertaining to the Fall River Wildlife Area call 620-583-6783.