Melvern Wildlife Area Wildlife Area


2272 Road 250
Reading, KS 66868
County/Counties: Lyon, Osage
GPS: N38 31.285 W95 57.307

Contact Information

Manager: JR Glenn

Phone: 620-699-3372


Land Acquisition: The 10,100 acre Melvern Wildlife Area was licensed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to the Kansas Fish and Game Commission in March of 1977.


Melvern Wildlife Area is located in the physiographic area known as Osage Cuestas. Much of the upland area is dominated by tall grass native prairie with small wooded draws interspersed. The lower land located along the Marais des Cygnes river flood plain is primarily crop land. The area habitats include approximately 4.000 acres of native tall grass prairie, 2,000 acres of woodland habitat, and 3,000 acres of crop land. Management tools include control burns and crop rotations. Major species found on the wildlife area include quail, deer, turkey, dove, and waterfowl

Special Regulations:
  • There are 2 managed dove fields on Melvern WA for 2013. Hunters are NOT required to use non-toxic shot on these fields.

Field #1 is approximately 15 acres and is located ¾ mile north of the intersection of west 293rd St. and S Indian Hills Rd. in Osage Co. approximately 100 yards off the east side of the road. This portion of the wildlife area is open to youth/mentor hunting only (adults may hunt as long as accompanied by youth <16 years who is also hunting). Field #2 is approximately 15 acres and is located ¼ mile west of the Arvonia boat ramp. Travel north from the intersection of 325


and Docking Rd. in Osage Co., the road will turn to the west in 1 mile, continue on this road until it dead ends at the dove field.

Hunters are required to obtain a free daily hunt permit prior to hunting and return the completed permit at the end of their hunt regardless of hunt success. Permits will be available at the dove fields through Sept . 8th. After Sept. 8, hunters will need to obtain permits at one of the ten permanent permit stations.

  • All hunters on Melvern WA are REQUIRED to obtain a free daily hunt permit. Permits will be available in several locations across the area (maps of the locations are available at Melvern WA kiosks and on the website). Permits are required only on the portion of the property open to hunting that is managed by KDWPT as a wildlife area. On the north side of the lake, this includes the portion of the wildlife area west of Eisenhower State Park (Wanamaker Rd.); on the south side of the lake this includes the portion of the property west of Indian Hills Rd. The remaining property around the lake is managed by the Melvern Lake Corps of Engineers or Eisenhower State Park and no permit is required to hunt. Please fill out the top portion of the card prior to hunting and return it to the box. The bottom portion of the card should be kept on your person while you hunt. Upon completion of your hunt, complete and return the bottom portion to any iron ranger location even if you fail to harvest anything.
  • Off Road Vehicle and Horse use is prohibited.
  • Camping is not allowed on the wildlife area

Special Features: The waterfowl refuge located on the upper end of the lake is closed to all activity from October 1st to January 15th.