Hillsdale Wildlife Area


Hillsdale, KS
Phone: 913-783-4507
GPS: 38.66198 -94.89028

Contact Information

Manager: Eric Kilburg
Phone: (913) 783-4507


Hillsdale is one of the newest reservoirs in Kansas. Originally authorized in 1954 and completed in 1982, the reservoir is part of a comprehensive flood control plan for the Osage and Missouri River basins. In 1989 the Corps of Engineers leased 12,880 acres to the Kansas Wildlife and Parks to be managed for recreation and natural resources. The Wildlife Area includes roughly 5,000 acres located on the northern arms of the Little Bull and Big Bull Creeks.


Habitat types include a mix of cropland, woodland, and warm and cool season grasses. Common woodland species include, oak, sycamore, cottonwood, walnut, hackberry, ash, elm, hickory and eastern red cedar. Plum, sumac, and dogwood are common shrubs. During construction of Hillsdale Reservoir more than 70 percent of the standing timber was left within the reservoir basin to provide fish habitat. Walleye, catfish, largemouth bass, crappie, and bluegill are abundant. Approximately 4,500 acres of water and 51 miles of shoreline are open to fishing. Roughly 7,000 acres are open to hunting at Hillsdale within the Wildlife area and State Park. Common wildlife includes: whitetail deer, bobwhite quail, squirrel, rabbit, beaver, muskrat, and a variety of waterfowl. Birdwatchers that venture to Hillsdale will see Bald Eagles, shorebirds, finches, warblers, sparrows, and hawks. One hundred acres of shallow water habitat for shorebirds and waterfowl is provided by man made wetlands in the Big Bull, Little Bull and Wade Branch drainages of the reservoir.

Special Regulations:
  • Camping is permitted only within the State Park designated campgrounds.
  • Off road vehicle use and target shooting is prohibited.
  • Consult Office and area information signs regarding additional regulations.
  • Special Handicapped hunting is available within designated areas, contact the Hillsdale State Park Office (913-783-4507).
  • Attention: Trapping is authorized in areas open to hunting.