Herron Playa Wetland

Location/Address:

Spearville, KS
GPS: N37 47 33.85 W99 45 39.28

Contact Information

Manager: Craig Curtis
Phone: (620) 227-8609

History:

Herron Playa Wildlife Area is approximately 700 acres in size. Acquisition of this property began in 1993. The property was acquired through the purchase/trade of seven different tracts. Funding for the wetland restoration on the property was completed through the Conservation Reserve Program and through a NAWCA Grant.

Description:

The 700 acre Herron Playa Wildlife Area is located 4.5 miles Southwest of Spearville in Ford County. It is in an area dominated by a mix of cultivated ground and CRP. The historical playa basin is approximately 800 acres in size. In the early 1950's a drainage ditch was constructed to drain the playa. Today the area is comprised of 160 wetland acres, 360 native grass acres and 180 cropland acres. In 2003 a wetland restoration project was completed on the property. This project was comprised of constructing two dikes to impound water in two separate marshes. An irrigation well is located on the property and is used to pump water into the south marsh. Herron Playa is managed for migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, upland game birds, small game and deer. The area is open to hunting by posted notice which allows the manager to monitor wildlife usage and adjust accordingly.

Special Regulations:
  • Off Road Vehicle use is prohibited.
  • Area is open to hunting by posted notice only.