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 - 10/01/2018
Waterfowl numbers  150 BWT and 50 GWT.  Scattered Teal on Reservoir and creeks.    Some use on marshes below dam.  
Water level Current Level: 1041.48  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.

Excellent habitat this year in reservoir and surrounding areas.  

   DU Marsh is open, and consist of standing flooded Milo and Millet and moist soil annuals, 100% of full water level.   Lower marsh is currently 90% full,  and consist of some millet and moist soil annuals.  Upper Marsh below dam is 100% full.   All three 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, but should benefit all, as protected loafing areas that are out of the wind.

Expected hunting success  Spotty
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.