Smoky Hill/ Kanopolis Wildlife Area

Location/Address:

200 Horsethief Rd
Marquette, KS 67464
County/Counties: Ellsworth
GPS: 38.645057 -97.987188

Contact Information

Smoky Hill Wildlife Area surrounds a portion of the upper end of Kanopolis Reservoir.

Located approximately 30 miles west of Salina, or 15 miles east of Ellsworth.

Manager: Scott Thomasson
Phone: 785-658-2465

                            CURRENT EVENTS
ATTENTION: The refuge at Smoky Hill Wildlife Area is closed to all activities SEPT 1- JAN 31 except by special permit.  See the Special Hunts section below for hunting opportunities on the refuge.

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Special Hunts: Applications for Special Hunts at Smoky Hill Wildlife Area are currently being accepted. Click here for more information on what hunts are available and to apply.
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History:

Click HERE to learn about the History of Smoky Hill Wildlife Area

Description:

Click HERE for information on Hunting, Fishing, and Trails at Smoky Hill Wildlife Area

Special Regulations:
  • No camping is allowed in the wildlife area.
  • No vehicle traffic is allowed off the maintained roads.
  • No hunting allowed in the adjacent Kanopolis State Park.
  • Trash in, trash out policy. Take your trash with you.

Special Features:

  • A refuge/special hunt area along the river is closed to all activities except by special permit from October 1 through March 1. Limited Special Hunts are allowed on the area through a state-wide drawing. Contact the Smoky Hill Wildlife Area Manager at (785) 658-2465.
  • Several historical sites exist at Smoky Hill Wildlife Area. Do not disturb petroglyphs or other historical sites
  • Wildlife viewing and photography opportunities are plentiful. In the winter several bald eagles and ospreys fish the river. Songbirds and wildflowers brighten the landscape throughout the area.