Glen Elder Newsletter
News From the Staff at the Glen Elder Area Office.
On January 24, 2011, Dean Deines started as the new Program Services Manager II, for the Glen Elder State Park. He took over for Kurt Reed who retired on August 31, 2010
Before coming on board with Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, Dean worked as a consultant in the Washington DC area designing and developing comprehensive international training and support programs for major corporations in response to U.S. Department of State and Department of Defense. He has also spent over 9 years managing and working in International Police Training and support programs throughout Afghanistan and East Timor.
Dean is a native Kansan who was born and grew up on a family farm south of WaKeeney Kansas. He is an avid outdoorsman and participates in hunting and outdoor activities. He also enjoys competition shooting events and is a member of the Single Action Shooting Society. He has had the opportunity to compete in State and Regional events throughout 7 states. He has commented that it is great to be back where he can participate in those activities.
He is currently adjusting to his new job and duties but he says it is going great as his passion is that he “likes challenges.” He and his wife Christine, who is also from WaKeeney have been married for 23 years. He is currently living in Beloit and his wife is working in Afghanistan.
There are several statutes, regulations and issues that we want to remind all of our visitors about to help them have a more enjoyable and safe summer. Please keep in mind that vehicle permits are required for all vehicles entering a Kansas State Park and the permit must be attached and displayed in a proper manner. There will be a greater emphasis placed on the 14 day stay compliance. Following the 14 days you can seek the permission for an additional 14 days, before you are required to leave the park area for 5 days. We do offer Long Term utility sites that will accommodate your needs for stays longer than 14 days in one location. These sites can be obtained by entering a long term agreement at the park office.
Grey water dumping is only allowed at the designated dump stations. Passengers need to ride in vehicles only and not in boats on trailers and personalized watercraft. Only cereal malt beverages containing an alcohol content of no more than 3.2% are allowed in Kansas State Parks and on Public Lands. For those who have pets and bring them with you to the park, they will need to be kept on a 10’ or shorter leash or chain at all times. There are no pets allowed in any of the State Park buildings, this includes the cabins. A kennel is provided behind each of the cabins for your pets.
The reservation campsites can be occupied by a self pay permit, only if there is no current reservation for that particular reservation site. On reservation sites, reservations take precedence over self pay permits. If you are planning to stay more than one night and are unsure if that reservation site is reserved, come to the office and check. On occasion we have had signs changed and cards pulled from those sites and the camper that made the reservation arrived and the site was occupied.
The fish cleaning station has been very popular for our anglers and gives them a place to clean their fish and dispose of the non edible parts prior to returning back to their homes or campsites. Due to some problems we are having the electric motor on the grinder replaced.
It is very important that the patrons utilizing the fish cleaning station follow the posted instructions in order to prevent damage to the electric motor or clogging of the disposal tube. There are two very important steps: First, the electric motor must be turned on prior to cleaning fish and placing disposable items into the hopper for grinding. “Damage to the station will be caused if the hopper is filled and then the motor is turned on” Second, heads from Catfish or Bullhead type fish must not be fed into the hopper, size is not a factor.
If you encounter a problem with the fish cleaning station, where the disposal pipe plugs or the electric motor stops, please immediately stop feeding fish parts into the hopper and contact the Park Ranger or the Park Office, either by coming to the office or by telephone (785) 545-3345.
Shade within some of our camping and park areas has been a major concern of some of the patrons that visit and camp at the Glen Elder State Park. We are currently in the process of marking several trees in non-essential areas of the park and in the Wildlife areas. These trees will then be moved into 3 to 4 areas within the park. If you are in the area and see trees marked with orange or red tape these are the trees we are planning to move.
It is our goal to move at least 50 trees into the Park during the 2011 year in the following areas; North end of Kanza campground, Cheyenne campground, along the main entry way to the park, and a few in the primitive camp areas. We are currently focusing on cottonwood trees. This species of tree is good for shade and is one of the faster growing trees. However, we are looking at individual trees and not trees that have came up based on a tap root system. The purpose for getting trees from park and wildlife areas is that these trees are from this area and have disease resistance. The trees that are brought in from outside areas or are trees from a tap root system have a lower survivability rate.
As patrons you will notice a significant decrease in picnic tables throughout the park. The picnic tables that have been removed were in need of repair, i.e. broken or missing boards, wood rot, or missing pieces. Upon conducting an inventory there were a total of 377 picnic tables located throughout the Glen Elder State Park.
We removed a total of 114 picnic tables from the camping areas throughout the park. That left the park with 263 picnic tables. It is our goal to rebuild or refurbish enough tables to raise the number of operational tables to 315 within the park before peak season. That will give us a standard of at least one picnic table at each authorized campsite. We fully understand that on some occasions or special events that additional picnic tables may be required.
We will rebuild and refurbish the remaining picnic tables as we are able to do so and remain within our current budget. In order to accomplish this task in an effective and efficient manner we will place the operational picnic tables on a rotation plan. This process will initially reduce the current number of tables but in the long run increase the number of well maintained and operational tables throughout the park areas.
There has been some confusion from various people visiting the park during the winter months in regards to permits. The Glen Elder State Park does not close during the non-peak season which is from October through March. This means that current vehicle and camping permits are required throughout the entire year to visit and/or camp at the park.
The visitors can purchase annual vehicle or camping permits at the Glen Elder State Park Office during business hours, online, or a license vendor. To purchase a permit online go the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks home page www.kdwp.state.ks.us and at the top right hand side of the web page click on the license and permits tab and follow the instructions to purchase your respective permit/license.
If you arrive and the main office is closed, you can also purchase a daily vehicle or camping permit at 1 of 3 self pay stations located at the Glen Elder State Park. The self pay stations are located at the main entrance between the Park Office and the Hopewell Church, the entrance to Pawnee Campground which is located just on the North side of the dam, or at the entrance located north of the Maintenance Facility for the park. Just use the easy to follow instructions and pay for 1 or 2 days and drop your envelope in the self pay box. If you are planning to stay longer than 2 days, come to the park office during regular office hours and receive a vehicle and/or camping permit for the remaining days you plan on staying.
We have had questions concerning the reservation campsites in regards to self pay. The reservation campsites can be occupied by a self pay permit only if there is no current reservation for that particular reservation site.
Also please keep in mind that a daily or annual vehicle permit is required for all vehicles entering a Kansas State Park. All daily permits expire at 2:00 pm. The permit must be attached and displayed in the proper manner according to regulation 115-9-6.
We encourage all of our patrons to purchase their annual vehicle and camping permits prior to April 1, 2011 to receive off-season pricing.
The Glen Elder State Park currently has 60 campsites that are designated as reservation campsites. This is approximately 50% of our current utility sites. The reservation camp sites are located within the Kanza, Cheyenne, and Kaw campgrounds. As in the past, campers will be able access portions of the park through the first come, first served method. We have been using reservations at the Glen Elder State Park for 4 years. Campers are able to reserve a designated reservation campsite by coming into the office or calling the office to make reservations.
Campers can stay on a reservation site if it is available and not currently reserved. We post reservations on the signs a week in advance. You can make arrangements through the office to camp on that site up until 2:00 p.m. the day the reservation is scheduled. However, the site will have to be vacated on or before 2:00 p.m. on the day of a confirmed reservation.
The online campsite reservations system, or “ORMS” (Outdoor Recreation Management System) will be starting at pilot parks throughout Kansas on or about June 2011. The Glen Elder State Park is not one of the initial pilot parks, but KDWP is currently working towards full implementation and transition into the ORMS system by September of 2011.
We are striving to make it as simple to use as possible and planning to put in directional and instructional signs at the self pay stations as well as campsite identification signs at the designated camp grounds. You will also notice that we will implement a numbered, color coded post system. The site color will indicate the type of amenities available for the reservation campsites. This will make it easy to locate your designated campground and the campsite that you have reserved.
One of the huge benefits to the new system is that you can reserve your favorite campsite, plan multiple sites for family or friends, and do it from the ease of your home. If you are traveling you can plan your stays at campgrounds along your journey and reserve your. The ORMS will be hosted by Reserve America. A National online campground reservation service. A reservation will need to be made 3 days in advance of your planned stay.
When the new system is implemented all campsites that are in the reservation system cabins can be reserved by 1 of 2 methods. The first and preferred method would be online at the following web site www.reserveamerica.com . This method will be available year round, 24 hours a day, seven days per week. The other method will be to directly contact the Kansas Department of Wildlife, and Parks offices during regular business hours for assistance.
You can currently reserve your favorite cabin at Glen Elder State Park or any of the other Kansas State Parks online at www.kdwp.state.ks.us and click on the cabin reservations tab in the upper right hand corner of your screen.
If you have any questions about the new system please, stop in and see us at the park office or contact us by telephone at the Glen Elder State Park (785) 545-3345.
Please keep in mind that this is a pilot project at the following State Parks: Crawford State Park, Eisenhower State Park, El Dorado State Park, Lovewell State Park, Scott State Park, and Tuttle Creek State Park. Some of the new reservation plans and processes may change based on the experiences and feedback from the pilot parks.
Time has come to ready for another season of camping and fishing here at Glen Elder State Park. With the long cold winter not much was done out in the park, but in the shop the mowers have been worked on and are ready to begin keeping the park looking good. With the new season, plans are to plant trees in several campgrounds, put up some new signs, and stain the wooden post and existing signs in the park, and replace the east self-pay station.
We are cleaning up the old volleyball court east of the Osage shelter house with an idea of making a basketball court there in the future, if we can scrape together the funding for such a project.
At the fish cleaning station, the grinder has been pulled and is getting some necessary repairs. It will be operational in time for spring fishing.
This winter a student from NCK Vo-tech has been working on making a GPS location map of all of the water and electric lines in the park. This map will be very helpful in times of repair work and when digging has to be done.
Have a great summer!
The log jam on the South Fork of the Solomon River has always been a popular fishing spot during the white bass run in early spring. To further accommodate all fishermen, Wildlife Area staff is improving vehicle access to the river’s edge. The log jam area is located on the half mile line between J Road and K Road on the Mitchell and Osborne County Line (100 Road). A vehicle trail has been developed from the metal gate west through the trees and down a slope to the river’s edge. An area has been cleared for vehicles to turn around and park. A small foot trail has also been developed down the slope to the water’s edge. This access road will be open seasonally for shoreline fishing access and closed during hunting seasons in the fall and winter. KDWP asks that all vehicles remain on the seasonal road and parking area, and PLEASE DO NOT LITTER!
A new shooting sports program has recently expanded to Beloit in the spring of 2011. The Kansas Archery in the Schools Program, which operates under the umbrella of the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP), has expanded to St. Johns High School in Beloit. The program promotes student education and participation in the shooting sports through international style target archery training in 4th
grade physical education classes.
There are currently 175 schools in Kansas that participate in the NASP and nearly 400 teachers have completed the Basic Archery Instructor training. Teachers must complete a one day training conducted by a Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) certified instructor before their school is eligible to purchase an equipment kit for the program. By simply hosting one of these trainings, St. Johns High School received nearly half of their equipment at no cost. The local Pheasants Forever and the National Wild Turkey Federation chapters provided the remaining funds necessary to purchase an equipment kit.
Archery is a sport nearly everyone can be successful at regardless of age, size, or physical ability. Statistics show that school archery programs engage more students in the educational process, improve classroom performance and reduce drop-out rates. Find out how your school can get involved today by visiting your local KDWP office or the NASP website http://nasparchery.com/.
Did you know there is a public shooting range on the west end of the Glen Elder Wildlife Area property? Some folks may not be aware of the range which is located approximately ½ mile south of the town of Downs on the east side of Kansas Highway 181.
The range is currently open for use year round during daylight hours. The range is un-staffed and has only the basic necessities (dirt backstops, target stands, and a few basic yardage stations). The range has four designated shooting areas- one each for pistols, rifles, shotguns, and archery. There are no trash cans at the facility, which means users must take all trash (targets, empty ammo boxes, spent casings, etc.) home with them and hopefully leave the area cleaner than they found it.
The range sits in such a low area that it is extremely prone to flooding. When this occurs the range will be closed. Occasionally when conditions are muddy, the gates at the entrance to the shooting range will be locked to prevent unnecessary wear and tear on the range road. The range is still available to use, but must be accessed via walking from the parking area near the gates (about ¼ mile). There will usually be a sign on the gates if they are closed, explaining the reason.
Bureau of Reclamation crews have begun their planned soil-cement repairs on the lake side of the dam. The project is expected to last until about mid-May and will have several impacts to lake users. The primary impact will be the road that runs on the top of the dam will be closed until work is complete. Traffic will be detoured through the town of Glen Elder and utilize the road running along the base of the dam in order to get from one end to the other. The BOR plans to keep the lake water level at 3 feet below conservation pool for the duration of the work on the dam facing.
Shoreline angling along the face of the dam will still be allowed throughout the spring, but the BOR and KDWP request that anglers on the dam keep a safe distance from active crews or worksites of approximately 100 yards. Anglers on foot will also need to be extra cautious of any potential new tripping hazards, etc. that may result from repair work.
Once the work is complete on the dam, the road will be reopened and crews will turn their attention back to making repairs on the concrete spillway at the south end of the dam. At this time the lake level will be allowed to rise 1 foot, to a level of 2 feet below conservation pool. This should provide at least some habitat for late spawning fish and their young. Water levels will be held at 2 feet low until all repairs are finished, which is projected to be in mid-summer. Once everything is done, the lake will be allowed to return to conservation pool (full) level.
If the project progresses as planned without too much volatility from Mother Nature, we hope to have some excellent newly flooded shoreline habitat around the lake for this fall and next spring.
BLACK BASS - Good. The smallmouth bass population was again well-represented in the fall electrofishing sample, accounting for 99% of black bass collected. The Glen Elder smallie population ranks 1st
in the state for density, preferred, and lunker-sized fish. There are a lot of young fish coming on so catch rates of fish between 7 and 11 inches will be high, but there are also good numbers of larger fish (12-19 inches) that anglers should be able to find. The largest fish collected during fall electrofishing weighed 3.8 pounds with good numbers of 17-19” fish sampled. Anglers reported catching fish over 21” in 2010 so trophy potential is excellent. The best months to fish for smallies include April, May, September, and October. Smallmouth can be found around the bluffs, along the dam, the Granite Creek causeway, main lake rocky points, and anywhere between Marina Cove and the dam. We stocked nearly 70,000 largemouth bass fingerlings in May, but only collected two in the fall. We also see a limited number of 14-18” largemouth, and a few spotted bass can still be found. 18” minimum length limit in effect.
CATFISH - Good. Total number of channel catfish collected during fall sampling was up 30% from 2009 and catch rate of fish 11” and greater was up 83%. Glen Elder moved up to 7th
in the state among reservoirs for density, 10th
for preferred, and 8th
for lunker fish. This is welcome turn around in catch rates and anglers should be very satisfied with the numbers and sizes available in 2011. Approximately 53% of the catch was 11-15”, 15% was 16-20”, 17% was 20-25”, and 5% was greater than 25”. Biggest fish collected was 14 pounds and trophy potential is fair. The 2009 creel survey indicated that channel catfish were the most sought after species at the reservoir, and ranked third for total number harvested. Fishing over chum piles with stinkbaits, cut shad, and nightcrawlers is the most popular method during the summer. Fishing the south bluffs, Cawker City causeway, and other rocky areas during the spawn can yield nice limits of catfish. Setliners have good success for both channels and flatheads fishing up the river channels, around Mill Creek, Walnut Creek, and in the Carr Creek area.
CRAPPIE - Good. The Glen Elder crappie population remains very strong and anglers should expect good results in 2011, but not to the extent we saw in 2010. Last year’s crappie angling could only be classified as phenomenal and likely won’t be repeated for some time. Ice fishing this winter has again been good with high numbers of quality-sized fish caught in December and January. Catch rate of 8” and bigger crappie was improved during fall netting and we are still seeing good representation of smaller age-1 and age-2 fish entering the population. Glen Elder ranks 9th
among reservoirs for white crappie density, 6th
for preferred, 3rd
for lunker, and 5th
for black crappie density. Fishing will be good from mid-April through early June during the spring spawning activities in Osage and Marina Coves, Mill Creek, south bluffs coves, Oak Creek, Carr Creek, and around riprap at the Cawker and Granite Creek causeway. Best areas post spawn, summer, and fall will be at fish attractor brush piles near the swimming beach point, Campground 3, Harrison Point, and west of the Cawker causeway. Additional trees will be added to some of these fish attractors in 2011 to enhance the habitat.
WALLEYE - Good. Total walleye catch declined 35%, but number of fish over 15 inches increased 85%. The 2008 (15-18”) year class dominated the catch again, accounting for 64% of the walleye collected. Fair to good numbers of larger fish were also collected with 22% of the sample greater than the 18” minimum length limit, and 18% between 17 and 18 inches. Anglers should expect a higher ratio of keeper fish, but will still see fair amount of catch and release angling. A poor year class was produced for the second consecutive year. Glen Elder ranks 4th
among reservoirs for density, 3rd
for preferred-size fish, and 6th
for lunker. The best fishing usually occurs during an 8 week period between late April and June. The fish move to the flats on the west end of the reservoir and can be caught using a variety of methods. Anglers have also had success in recent years fishing shallow near Walnut Creek and the bluffs during the hot summer months, and angling success during the spawn was good in 2010. Nine million fry have been requested for stocking in April. 18” minimum length limit in effect.
WHITE BASS - Good. Numbers of white bass in 2011 will be good and size structure should be improved over 2010. The adult population continues to be dominated by the big 2008 year class with these 12-15” fish accounting for 33% of the catch. A nice year class of age-0 whites represented 56%, the 9-11” fish comprise 10%, and 1% were greater than 15”. The Glen Elder white bass population ranks 3rd
among the state’s reservoirs in terms of density and preferred size, and 12th
for lunkers. Harvest of whites through the ice this winter has been very high west of the causeway with fish up to 20 inches reported. Anglers can try a variety of methods to catch white bass with the spring spawning period up both river forks an excellent bet now that inflows have returned. Hot summer days will find whites schooling in open water and chasing shad on the surface while night anglers do very well using floating lights. Fall is often a great time to pull out the slabs and fish along rocky points and other inshore areas, while winter ice fishing may be the best time to catch these guys when they stack up along the river channels.
WIPERS - Good. The wiper population remains good at Glen Elder with two year classes continuing to carry the population. Wipers rank 6th
in the state’s density ratings, 2nd
for preferred-size fish, and 11th
in the lunker rating. The 2006 year class has grown well with those fish reaching 20-23” or 4-7 pounds in 4 years. The 2008 year class ranges between 16 and 19”. Anglers can find wipers mixed in with white bass throughout the year, but in general, the wipers tend to occupy the lower end of the reservoir near the dam. Slabbing over humps, trolling crankbaits, or casting bucktail jigs off windy points are some of the better methods for catching wipers. The next wiper stocking will take place in 2012, but we plan to stock striped bass fingerlings in 2011. Anglers are encouraged to closely identify your catch as wipers and white bass can look very similar! The daily creel limit on wipers is 2 fish.
The third and final trout stocking of the year took place on Thursday, March 10th
, 2011 and included 1,100 rainbow trout. In addition to the normal 5% over 14 inches, we stocked one fish that weighs over 12 pounds. This fish is a potential state record rainbow trout so make sure to contact a KDWP employee to have the fish weighed and verified if you are lucky enough to catch it. In addition, there are still good numbers of fish left from the November and December stockings that have been producing good results.
Most anglers prefer to use some type of prepared bait including Powerbait, Velveeta cheese, marshmallows, corn, or salmon eggs. These baits can be fished on the bottom with a couple of split shots added for weight or submerged a foot or two below a small bobber. The key is to make sure and use very small hooks, snelled are preferred. Sizes 10, 12, and 14 are all good sizes and will greatly increase the number of fish you catch. Other anglers prefer to cast lures including Kastmasters, Panther Martins, Roostertails, and Little Cleos. Occasionally, you may notice a fly fisherman out there using a variety of hand tied flies to tempt these rainbows.
So, if you’re looking for a fun family activity to try during March and April, trout fishing would be a great option. Access is easy, it’s fairly inexpensive (free for the kids), success rates are good, and you can even take some fish home for the frying pan.
As always, special regulations apply while fishing trout waters between October 15 and April 15. All anglers are required to purchase a trout permit ($12.50) if they intend to fish the park pond, whether they are fishing for trout or not. Anglers 15 and younger are exempt. In addition, all residents 16 through 64 years old and non-residents 16 and older must also have a valid fishing license. Trout permits are available at KDWP offices, license vendors, county clerk offices, or online at www.kdwp.state.ks.us. The daily creel limit is 5 trout (2 trout for anglers 15 and younger fishing without a trout permit). The possession limit is three times the daily creel.
|1||Finger Point (Campground 3)||N 39°30.168’ W 098°21.061’||Yes|
|2||Harrison Point||N 39°29.380’ W 098°21.982’||Yes|
|3||Marina Cove||N 39°30.520’ W 098°20.243’||No|
|4||Marina Cove Point||N 39°30.310’ W 098°20.167’||No|
|5||North/South Fork Junction||N 39°28.365’ W 098°25.993’||No|
|6||Old Causeway Road Bed||N 39°28.590’ W 098°25.917’||No|
|7||Osage Cove||N 39°30.073’ W 098°19.210’||No|
|8||Schoen's Cove||N 39°28.505’ W 098°23.617’||Yes|
|9||South Bluffs||N 39°29.359’ W 098°22.102’||No|
|10||South Bluffs Cove||N 39°29.094’ W 098°22.513’||No|
|11||Swimming Beach Point||N 39°30.012’ W 098°19.853’||Yes|
|12||Timber Cove||N 39°30.140’ W 098°19.794’||Yes|
|12||Timber Cove East||N 39°30.121’ W 098°19.769’||No|
|13||Waconda Springs||N 39°29.882’ W 098°22.704’||No|
Blue catfish have become a popular sportfish across the state of Kansas, specifically at Milford Reservoir where fish up to 50 pounds are caught each year. Other reservoirs have followed suit and stocked this cousin of the channel catfish because of its ability to reach large sizes and because of its diet preferences.
Blue catfish are opportunistic feeders similar to channel catfish and will spend a lot of time feeding on shad and other small fish—dead or alive, snails, and anything else they happen upon. They have a reputation for feeding on zebra mussels and have been introduced into waters where this aquatic nuisance species is present. While they won’t be able to eradicate a zebra mussel population from a reservoir, they may be able to help keep the numbers down a little and act as a population control mechanism.
We stocked 13,000 intermediate blue catfish in October 2010 and plan on similar stockings annually through 2014 for a total of 65,000 fish stocked. These fish are all between 7 and 10 inches with the biggest about ¼ of a pound. They look very much like channel catfish, but have some distinct differences that anglers should be aware of.
First, blue catfish have a flat anal fin with 30-35 fin rays compared with the channel catfish which has a round anal fin and less than 30 rays. Also, the blue catfish normally lives up to its name and has a pale blue color which can be distinguished from the brownish-yellow color of the channel catfish. Finally, young blue catfish have a small head followed by a distinct hump whereas channel catfish normally have a much larger head relative to the rest of its body.
The 2011 regulations include a 10 fish daily creel limit on blue catfish (in combination with channel catfish) and no minimum length limit. In 2012, however, the proposed regulations include a 35 inch minimum length limit and daily creel limit of 5 fish. We want to protect as many of these fish as we can until they are able to reproduce naturally and can sustain their numbers
So be on the lookout for a new species this year if you are fishing at Glen Elder and make sure to check all of your smaller catfish closely. If it is less than 15 inches and meets the description above, it is probably a blue catfish. We prefer you release these guys and allow them to mature and reproduce to help get this population established.
The Beloit Eagles sponsor the Independence Day Fireworks at Waconda Lake. Actual date to be announced.
To donate to the 2011 display show, contact Farmway Credit Union in Beloit at 785-738-2224 or mail donations to:
Farmway Credit Union
200 South Hersey Ave.
Beloit, Kansas 67420
Attention: Eagles Lodge Fireworks Account
Dean Deines, Park Manager
Elwyn Mein, Asst.Park Mgr./Ranger
Lisa Silsby, Administrative Specialist
Ron Sutton, Facilities Specialist
Chris Lecuyer, Public Lands Manager
Toby Marlier, Asst. Public Lands Mgr.
Scott Waters, Fisheries Biologist
Aaron Deters, Wildlife Biologist
Landen Cleveland, Conservation Officer
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