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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: 05/22/2019

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Wet Weather, Road Closures, and Access Difficulties in May 2019

     A few locations in Toronto Wildlife Area are currently inaccessible due to the high water level of Toronto Reservoir. Within the wildlife area, the hunting and fishing access road west of Hwy. 105, north of the City of Toronto is impassable due to high water. The hunting and fishing access roads on the west side of Toronto are impassable. The boat ramp at 130th St. southwest of Walnut Creek (by the old Baker Bridge) is inaccessible. The boat ramp at the east end of the access road between GG Rd. and the Verdigris River (Moon boat launch) is also inaccessible. The roads to both boat ramps are impassable at these locations. GG Rd. is impassable immediately north of Hwy. 54 as well as at various locations south of Hwy. 54.

     More rain and strong storms are forecast for this weekend and the week of May 20-24 and may result in conditions becoming worse.

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 ben.stultz@ks.gov .

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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.

History

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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Toronto Reservoir Waterfowl Report - 01/24/2019
Waterfowl numbers

1/24/19

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.