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: 08/20/2018

 Area News

2018 Dove Hunting Opportunities at Toronto Wildlife Area

     One field of sunflowers (approximately 14 acres) has been planted this year at Toronto Wildlife Area. This field will be managed to attract doves. The sunflowers will be dried down and mowed and is expected to provide fair to good hunting opportunity.

     Dove hunters will find mailboxes with registration cards posted at the dove field. Instructions posted at the mailbox 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.

     Lead shot is NOT allowed in this field while it is designating by signs as a managed dove field. Signs will be posted around the dove field, and KDWPT staff and law enforcement officers will be patrolling to answer questions and remind hunters that registration and reporting of harvest is required.

     Hunters are 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 This website is also printed on the bands but the bands are relatively small and difficult to read.

     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 307.17 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 - 01/24/2019
Waterfowl numbers


There were no ducks seen using the reservoir early this week. Waterfowl is currently mostly absent.

Duck season for the Low Plains Southeast Zone is from Nov. 10, 2018 – Jan. 6, 2019 and Jan. 12-27, 2019. The season for Canada geese and light geese opens initially for two days Oct. 27 and 28, 2018. It then opens again Nov. 7, 2018 and runs until Feb. 17, 2019. The season for white-fronted geese opens Oct. 27 through Dec. 30, 2018 and Jan. 26 through Feb. 17, 2019. The light geese, conservation order season will be from Feb. 18 to Apr. 30, 2019.

Water level The reservoir is 1.1 ft. above conservation pool. Wetlands are full.
Hunting conditions The reservoir is approximately 90% frozen over. Open spots in the middle of the reservoir may hold small numbers of ducks.
Expected hunting success Based on observations, hunting success may be slow.
Comments A new report will be posted weekly during the fall and winter waterfowl seasons. For information pertaining to the Toronto Wildlife Area call 620-583-6783.