The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks has a license to approximately 12,240 acres of project area for wildlife management and public hunting. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers oversees 1,600 acres of the area for wildlife purposes. Wildlife game species commonly found in the Elk City Lake area include bobwhite quail, cottontail rabbit, mourning dove, fox squirrel, white-tailed deer, turkey, and various species of ducks and geese. The surrounding expanses of grass and wooded hillsides support some of the best quail populations in Kansas.
Large numbers of ducks use the many shallow flats in the upper end of the reservoir, and goose hunters find excellent hunting on the wildlife area. Area deer hunters will have excellent opportunities on the numerous tributaries and wooded borders of the crop fields. Wild turkeys were reintroduced into the area in 1983, and their numbers are increasing. Common furbearers include beaver, raccoon, bobcat, coyote, gray fox, opossum, mink and muskrat. Excellent squirrel hunting can be found in the numerous oak hickory and pecan groves.
Steel shot is required for all waterfowl hunting.
No holes or pits may be dug for blinds.
Portions of wildlife areas open to the public are marked with "Public Hunting Area" signs. Gravel, township, and country dirt roads provide access to the areas. All major roads entering wildlife management areas are marked with large white signs with black letters stating "Wildlife Area."
The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks urges all sportsmen to respect all posted signs in the areas, and requests them not to trespass on private adjoining property.
No hunting is permitted in developed recreational areas on the lake, in the vicinity of the dam and other project structures, and within the designated boundaries of the Waterfowl Refuge.
Address: 7 miles east of Elk City and 5 miles northwest of the city of Independence.
Our Email: ElkCitySP@wp.state.ks.us
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