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: 08/20/2018

Area News

2018 Dove Hunting Opportunities at Fall River Wildlife Area

     Five dove field hunting areas totaling about 71 acres will be managed for dove hunting this year at Fall River Wildlife Area. The sunflowers are dried down and portions are being mowed. Good hunting opportunities are expected.

     Dove hunting area 1 will be closed to the public and reserved for managed youth hunts only, Sept. 1-3. These hunts will be by reservation only these three days. Afterwards, beginning Sept. 4, this area will be opened to the public. Dove field areas 2, 3, 4, and 5 are sunflower fields open to the public.

     Accurate collection of harvest data is very important to help the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism (KDWPT) staff to evaluate the effectiveness of dove field location and management strategies that will help maximize opportunities for the dove hunters that choose to hunt at Fall River Wildlife Area.

     Hunters will be required to use only non-toxic shot in managed dove fields at Fall River Wildlife Area. Managed dove fields will be designated as such using signs and will be fields that have been planted in sunflowers.

     Dove hunters will find mailboxes with registration cards posted at each dove field area. Instructions posted at these mailboxes will guide hunters through the registration and harvest reporting process. Hunters are asked to please take the time to register and report their harvest accurately and be aware that registration and reporting is required. Signs will be posted around dove fields, and KDWPT staff and law enforcement officers will be patrolling dove fields to answer questions and remind hunters that registration and reporting of harvest is required. Hunters are also reminded that doves may be banded as part of a nationwide dove banding study. Hunters can help by inspecting all harvested doves for the presence of leg bands. The more bands that are reported by hunters the better understanding wildlife biologists will have about the habits of these challenging game birds. The website to report band information is www.reportband.gov This website is also printed on the bands but the bands are relatively small and difficult to read.

     For more information concerning managed dove hunting at 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 400.50 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 - 02/21/2018
Waterfowl numbers

2/21/18

Duck season for the Low Plains Southeast Zone is now closed. The seasons for Canada geese & white-fronted geese are closed. The light goose conservation order will continue from Feb. 19 to Apr. 30, 2018.

Water level Water level is at approximately 0.61 ft. below conservation pool.
Hunting conditions Reservoir has approximately 0% ice cover.
Expected hunting success NA
Comments A new report will be posted weekly during the next fall and winter waterfowl seasons. For information pertaining to the Toronto Wildlife Area call 620-583-6783.