Marion Reservoir


Hillsboro, KS 67063
GPS: N38 27.108 W97 11.189

Contact Information

Area Manager: Brent Theede - Phone (620) 241-7669

Wildlife Biologist: Jeff Rue - Phone (316) 322-7513

PL Bio Tech: Scott Amos - Phone (620) 732-3946


The 12,200 acre Marion Reservoir and Wildlife area was constructed in 1968 by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers as a flood control structure. It was opened to the public for recreational use in 1969.


The Marion Reservoir and Wildlife Area is located along the western edge of the Flint Hills in the Cottonwood River Valley of central Kansas. Sitting in the Neosho Basin, the area consists of 3,700 acres of mixed native grass and riparian timber, 2,350 acres of cropland and 6,160 acres of Marion Reservoir. Lying in close proximity to several major metropolitian areas, this allows visitors to enjoy the abundant wildlife and recreational opportunities that the state has to offer without having to travel far from the city. Anglers have ample opportunity to catch Walleye, Crappie, Wipers and Channel Catfish throughout the year. The area is managed for variouse game species including Pheasants, Quail, Rabbit, Turkey, and White-Tail Deer. Waterfowl hunters will find good populations of Canada, Snow and White-Fronted geese as well as all species of ducks found within the Central Flyway. An 800 acre Waterfowl Refuge that is managed to attract and hold waterfowl is located along French Creek. This area is closed to hunting all year and closed to all activities from Oct. 1 to Mar. 1. There is handicapped accessable fishing at Broken Bridge on the river. 171 campsites are located in four parks that are managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Special Regulations:
  • Camping on the KDWPT managed area is allowed only at Durham Cove.
  • Driving off established roads is prohibited this includes 4-wheelers.
  • This area has a no-trash policy. Please take all trash with you.