Jeffrey Energy Center Wildlife Area


Saint Marys, KS
GPS: 39.28374 -96.1143

Contact Information

Manager: Nathan Henry
Phone: (785) 539 - 9999


In 1987, Western Resouces Energy (Westar Energy today) company formed a joint venture with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism to assist in the management of their property.


The property surrounding Jeffrey Energy Center has been divided into three management units. These units have been developed to better manage the resource as well as the constituents utilizing the area. The following is a quick review of each unit:

UNIT #1: Located on the west side of Lost Creek Road and functions as any other public wildlife area managed by Kansas Departments of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism. This unit is open to the public year-round and has no restrictions beyond what is set by Kansas hunting, fishing and public lands regulations. This area offers some excellent hunting opportunities. Individuals utilizing the area, especially those hunting with the use of a dog, should be aware that the Unit #1 is OPEN TO TRAPPING. It is the hunter’s responsibility to be able to notice the signs of a trapper as well as be familiar with how common traps work. There are a few ponds dotting the landscape of Unit #1 and are open to fishing. These ponds have been managed by KDWPT and provide some excellent angling. In recent years ice fishing has increased in popularity and has produced many full stringers!

UNIT #2: This area is located on the east side of Lost Creek Road. Unit #2 is restricted to access by written permission only. Anyone wanting to hunt or fish in Unit#2 must check in at the Guard House located at the main gate of Jeffrey Energy Center to obtain their written permission. The three most popular activities inside Unit #2 are deer hunting, waterfowl hunting and fishing. Waterfowl hunting is restricted to AUX. Lake. Make-Up Lake is CLOSED to waterfowl hunting. Boats are not allowed on AUX. Lake during waterfowl season. AUX. Lake has gained a reputation as one of the most popular places in Kansas to hunt light geese. It is not uncommon to have 75,000 or more light geese roosting on AUX Lake! Fishing is allowed on AUX. Lake as well as Make-Up Lake. Angler access to AUX. Lake is closed starting the first day of duck season and remains closed to fishing until March 15


. Make-Up Lake is open year-round to fishing, but is closed to ice fishing. Check the information kiosk’s located near the boat ramps for any special regulations. Deer hunting in Unit #2 is restricted to muzzleloader and archery equipment only. The area is closed to the general public for deer hunting during the open rifle season to allow for special youth hunts. Trapping and the taking of furbearer or coyote is NOT allowed in Unit #2. Vehicles are restricted to maintained roads and posted parking areas only.

UNIT #3: This unit is managed as a refuge area that is closed to all hunting activities unless otherwise permitted by KDWPT. Unit #3 is closed to all activities year-round. This area is located on the northeast side of the property and includes the power plant and acres surrounding it.

Special Regulations:

Management Area 1:

  • No special regulation in effect

Management Area 2:

  • Shotgun and muzzleloader firearms only
  • Trapping prohibited
  • Permanent tree stands prohibited
  • Coyote and furbearer hunting is prohibited
  • Ice fishing is prohibited
  • Fishing and boating at AUX. Lake is CLOSED from the first day of duck season to March 15th.
  • Boating is restricted to angling only. No pleasure boating.

Management Area 3:

  • Refuge Area - Public access is prohibited

Special Note: Jeffrey Energy Center is subject to closing if the National Security Level is raised. It is always a good idea to call the guard house before making any long trips to hunt or fish on Unit #2. The number for the guard house is (785) 456-6149. This phone is answered 24 hours a day.