Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area
204 NE 60 Road
Great Bend, KS 67530
GPS: 38 26 57.5 98 44 13.9
THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF KANSAS WILDLIFE, PARKS AND TOURISM, CHEYENNE BOTTOMS WILDLIFE AREA
24 hr current conditions Phone: 620-793-7730
Area Office Phone: 620-793-3066
Area Wildlife Manager: Karl Grover
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During the 1940's and1950s, the State of Kansas acquired the land, and dikes were constructed to impound water in five pools. Canals and dams were built to divert water from the nearby Arkansas River and Wet Walnut Creek to supplement water provided by two intermittent streams, Blood and Deception creeks.
During the 1990s, extensive renovation sub-divided some of the pools. In addition, pump stations were built to allow for increased management flexibility and water level manipulation. This renovation effort also provided increased water conservation to better meet wildlife needs during dry periods. Manipulation of water levels in the pools is a major tool in managing the marsh for water birds. Each year, one or more of the pools is drained as deemed necessary. Often these areas are seeded to millet and/or wheat and undesirable vegetation is controlled by burning, mowing and disking while the pools are dry. The photo below shows the current plant that is posing a threat to Cheyenne Bottoms. Phragmites is a wetland plant that, if left unchecked, can take over a marsh. It has even out competed cattail at Cheyenne Bottoms.
The 19,857-acre Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area is part of a 41,000-acre natural land sink just northeast of Great Bend.
- Vehicles are permitted only on established roads and parking areas. Driving off roads or on roads closed by sign or barrier is prohibited.
- Camping is permitted only in the primitive campground located 1/2 mile west of the area office.
- The use of watercraft is restricted to minimize disturbance to the wildlife and to ensure a more aesthetically pleasing experience for all visitors. Watercraft are not permitted in the refuge areas. During the waterfowl season, in-water propeller-driven boats and hand powered boats can be utilized in Pools 2, 3 and 4. Airboats are not allowed at any time. Outside the waterfowl season, only hand-powered boats are allowed. From April 15 to August 15, hand powered watercraft are not permitted between 10 A.M. and 5 P.M. Life jacket laws will be enforced.
- Littering is prohibited. Take all trash with you.
- Boats, decoys, ammunition, binoculars and other supplies are not available at the area office.
- The Mitigation Marsh, located in the southeast portion of the Wildlife Area, is managed as a youth hunting area. It is open to hunters less than 16 years old hunters accompanied by no more than two adults.
- Non-toxic shot is required for all shotgun hunting. The possession of lead shot in the field is prohibited.
- No shooting is allowed on or from the dikes.
- No holes or pits may be dug for any purpose. Portable blinds and temporary blinds made of native vegetation may be used but must be removed within 10 days after the close of the hunting season or after the last day of use.