Smoky Hill/ Kanopolis Wildlife Area


200 Horsethief Rd
Marquette, KS 67464
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.  Special Hunts on the refuge include deer, upland bird, and waterfowl.  See below for updates on Special Hunts at Kanopolis.


Special Hunts: Applications for the 2014-2015 Special Hunts at Smoky Hill Wildlife Area are now CLOSED.  Click here for more information on special hunts or to see what leftover hunts are available.

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


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 September 1 through January 31. 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.