Toronto Wildlife Area

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The Wildlife Area includes riparian timbered areas, grasslands, cropland, and wetland communities. Management includes native plant restoration, prescribed burning, timber management and farming to provide food and habitat for wildlife. Toronto Wildlife Area has 4700 acres of land and water open to public hunting where a wide variety of game and non-game animals can be found. Species include white-tailed deer, turkey, bobwhite quail, squirrel, waterfowl, rabbits and furbearers. Marshes have been constructed to provide excellent habitat for migratory birds. These marshes also provide some excellent viewing for non-game species of shore birds. Fishing in the reservoir, Walnut Creek, and the Verdigris River can be excellent for white bass, crappie, channel catfish and flathead catfish. The numerous brush piles are also excellent places to pursue black bass, bluegill and sunfish. Boat ramps have been constructed around the reservoir, on Walnut Creek and the Verdigris River to provide boat access.

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Area News - Updated: 08/30/2019

Area News

2019 Dove Hunting Opportunities at Toronto Wildlife Area

     Unfortunately, wet weather conditions have prevented the planting of sunflower fields in Toronto 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 the Toronto Wildlife Area contact the Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism at: (620)-583-6783 or .

General Information

Toronto Reservoir & WA (PDF 304.94 kB)

Manager: Ben Stultz

Phone: (620) 583-6783

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.


Toronto Reservoir was completed in 1960 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In 1964 the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks entered into a license agreement with the Corps of Engineers for fish and wildlife management of 4700 acres of land and water in the upper reaches of the project.

Toronto Facilities
Walnut Creek boat ramp
  • Type of Facility: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: N37 47.558 W95 59.973
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    This boat ramp is located on Walnut Creek for access to the creek.

Verdigris River boat ramp
  • Type of Facility: Boat Ramp
  • Location of Facility: N37 49.703 W95 57.757
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    This boat ramp is located on the river for river access

Toronto Reservoir Waterfowl Report - 01/24/2020
Waterfowl numbers


Close to 5,000 ducks, almost entirely mallards, were seen using the Toronto Reservoir area this week as well as a couple hundred Canada geese.

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 4.9 ft. above conservation pool level. Wetlands are full.
Hunting conditions Toronto Reservoir is approximately 2% frozen over. Area ponds are mostly 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 good numbers of ducks and geese using the area, there may be some good hunting opportunities to be found.
Comments A new report will normally be posted weekly during the fall and winter waterfowl seasons. For information pertaining to the Toronto Wildlife Area call 620-583-6783.