Elk City Wildlife Area
5089 CR 2925
Independence, KS 67301
GPS: N37 15.413 W95 47.942
Manager: Darin Porter
Fish Biologist: Ben Neely
The 12,446 acres of land and water were licensed from the Army Corps of Engineers to the Kansas Fish and Game Commission after completion of the reservoir.
The dam is located 5 miles northwest of Independence. The 12,446 acres of fish and wildlife habitat are licensed to the department from the Corps of Engineers. The area has many different habitat types and is managed primarily for waterfowl, upland and small game, deer and turkey. Camping is permitted at the state park and Corps of Engineers campgrounds.Toilets are available at these areas also. Anglers primarily fish for catfish, flathead and crappie, and pursue white bass in the river in the spring. Hiking trails are available in the state park and on the Corps of Engineers properties. No hunting is allowed in the state park or in the refuge area and in the safety zone adjacent the state park, hunting is restricted to archery and shotgun with pellets only. The refuge is closed to all activities from September 1 to March 31 and angler access is allowed in the refuge from April 1 to August 31. Check current hunting regulations summary for additional hunting requirements.
- All off-road vehicle and horse use is prohibited.
- The Elk City Wildlife Area has one refuge. All activities and entry is prohibited from September 1 through March 31.
- The refuge is closed to all hunting year round. Fishing is allowed April 1 through August 31.
Special Features: The world record flathead catfish weighing 123 pounds was caught here in 1998.