Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area News
Several of the roads going to the perimeter parking lots are impassible and parking lots under water and are still cabled off.
Water levels have dropped significantly the last several weeks. With the hottest part of summer, water levels will continue to drop. The high water prevented any cattail and phragmites control to occur in the pools to this point. The high water also prevented the germination of moist soil plants, which means a lack of waterfowl forage this fall. All storage pools are at or above capacity at this time.
Pool 4B has been dewatered and will be the target for late summer cattail control. 3A is being pumped out at this time, and will be the target of cattail control during the fall. The rest of the pools will be held at capacity for the remainder of summer to prevent cattail germination. Staff quickly realized that as the water levels dropped in the pools, seedling cattails emerged. To prevent the spread of cattails in the larger pools, as long as there is available water, the pools will be left rather deep in hopes of preventing a solid stand of cattails.
A surprisingly large number of ducks, like redheads and bluewings, stayed and nested on the wildlife area. There was a tremendous hatch of bluewings. Also, a lot of coots were raised on the wildlife area this summer.
Please remember to be courteous of all users and staff on the wildlife area. Please pull off the side of the road if you are going to stop and view wildlife. The roads are wide enough and shoulders and solid enough to pull off the road and allow other traffic down the road. Also, pick up trash on the wildlife area to maintain an enjoyable area.
Be cautious of rattlesnakes. With high water, the rattlesnakes have been pushed to the roads and dikes.
KDWPT IMPLEMENTED AN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM BEGINNING WITH THE 2014-2015 HUNTING SEASON. ALL HUNTERS, INCLUDING DEER AND UPLAND ARE REQUIRED TO USE ISPORTSMAN.
HUNTERS NEED TO CREATE AN ACCOUNT IN iSportsman BY GOING TO https://kdwpt.isportsman.net AND FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE DIRECTIONS:
1. Scroll down the left side of the page to the blue "register" button.
2. Provide hunter information.
ONCE REGISTERED, HUNTERS WILL BE ABLE TO CALL OR LOG ONTO THE SYSTEM SEPTEMBER 1 AND GET THEIR PERMIT FOR THE DOVE OPENER. THEY CAN ALSO VISIT THE CHEYENNE BOTTOMS WILDLIFE AREA PAGE ON iSPORTSMAN AT https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/Locations/Cheyenne_Bottoms.aspx
Visit the Kansas Wetlands Education Center at Cheyenne Bottoms. They have educational exhibits directed at describing the role wetlands play in the natural world with a focus on Cheyenne Bottoms. Find out the wide variety of wetlands found in Kansas, you may be surprised at the diversity in this grassland state. Their location is in the southeast portion of Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area along Kansas Highway 156. Their hours are Monday through Saturday 9 to 5, Sunday 1 to 5. They are closed Mondays from November 1 through March 31. The phone number is 620-566-1456.