Sherman Wildlife Area


Goodland, KS
Phone: 785-726-3212
GPS: N39 11 28.73 W101 45 52.85

Contact Information

Manager: Kent Hensley
Phone: (785) 726-3212

Located seven miles South, two miles West and two miles South of Goodland, Kansas.

A Google Map is now available:

Sherman Google Earth (kmz file)


Sherman State Lake was constructed on the North Fork of the Smoky Hill River in 1965.


The area was built primarily for fishing, but since construction the lake has leaked severely to the point that, when flows fill the lake, the lake is dry again within two years. The area is now managed primarily for wildlife except for short periods when there is fishable water in the lake.

This is one of the only areas in Sherman County where wildlife is the top priority. The area provides walk-in access only to reduce wildlife disturbances and improve hunting opportunities. Whitetail, Mule deer, pheasants and rabbits are the primary species found on the area. When the lake has water in the fall it can produce excellent waterfowl hunting. Demand for public hunting opportunity exceeds the supply, especially for deer and pheasant, on this small wildlife area. Habitat management includes periodic short-term intense spring grazing, control burns and food plots of milo, corn, legumes and wheat.

Special Regulations:
  • Vehicles are restricted to maintained roads and parking lots.
  • Drinking water is not available.
  • Steel shot is required for waterfowl hunting.
  • Consult the annual hunting, fishing and furharvesting regulations for more complete rules and regulations that apply to Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism areas.
  • Camping is not allowed on the Sherman Wildlife Area but is allowed at Smoky Gardens to the East.