John Redmond Wildlife Area

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The 1637 acre John Redmond Wildlife Area lies on both sides of Otter Creek which flows into John Redmond Reservoir along its southwest shoreline. There are approximately 200 acres of riparian area and 465 acres of cropland. Approximately 970 acres that are native grass or have at sometime been planted to native grasses. Up to 75 percent of the wildlife area is very heavily flood proned and it is difficult to sustain a good permanent cover such as native grass on the area.

The management objective for John Redmond Wildlife Area is to provide the public with a quality outdoor experience, managing the wildlife and wildlife habitat with an ecological based approach, while providing quality hunting, fishing and other outdoor opportunities. Species managed for include deer, turkey, quail, doves, and waterfowl .

Manager – John Johnson
Phone - (620) 637-2748

738 Fegan Rd.
Toronto,KS    66777
Area News - Updated: 01/26/2005

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General Information
738 Fegan Rd.
Toronto, KS    66777

Manager – John Johnson
Phone - (620) 637-2748

Special Regulations
  • Starting this Fall (2007), deer hunting will be restricted to Shotgun and Archery Only.
  • Off Road vehicles, including ATV’s and horse use is prohibited.
  • Only Steel Shot may be used on the area.

Special Features: John Redmond Wildlife Area is bordered on the west by the Fish & Wildlife Services, Flinthills Wildlife Area, and on the southeast by Corps of Engineers property. The user needs to be aware of these boundaries, as hunting regulations do differ from agency to agency.

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


The Kansas Fish and Game Commission entered into a lease agreement with the US Army Corps of Engineers in 1964 to lease 1637 acres along the southwest side of John Redmond Reservoir .

John Redmond Waterfowl Report - 12/07/2018
Waterfowl numbers 5,000 mallards, 1500 divers, 2,500 mixed puddlers, 1000 light geese, 1200 dark geese.  
Water level Current Level: 1041.89  Conservation Pool Level: 1041.0
Hunting conditions

Teal Season- Low Plains- Sept. 8th-23rd

Duck Season- Southeast Zone-  Opens Nov. 10, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019       and        January 12, 2019  through January 27, 2019.

Reservoir is still ice free, but expect it to start closing up in near future.  Boats ramps are all open and accessible as of 12/07/18.   Big and little marshes below dam are pretty much iced up on edges.   Birds are scattered around lake, but concentrations can be found at major creek entrances, such as mouth of Otter Creek.  

     Lower marsh is currently 100% full,  and consist of some millet and moist soil annuals.  Upper Marsh below dam is 100% full.   All department managed marshes are open for public waterfowl hunting, and are located below John Redmond Dam south of spillway.  Beware, both the upper and lower marsh's contain some deep water in lower portions, well over 6 feet in depth.   The large sedimentation basins located below damn are not open to public hunting and are under private ownership.  

Expected hunting success

Average.  If you have boat and are able to access remote areas of reservoir, especially timbered creeks out of the wind, I would expect to have above average success.  

To see real time John Redmond elevations please visit----                                       

Comments For information on Flint Hills National Wildlife Area and the marshes on the upper end of the lake please contact FHNWR @ 620-392-5553.