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Wamego has many venues to meet your hunting needs including lodging, supplies and apparel. The area around Wamego has more than 20,000 acres of public hunting land where whitetail deer, upland game, turkey and waterfowl roam and fly.
Jeffrey Energy Center Wildlife Areas
Three areas at Jeffrey Energy Center are designated wildlife management areas, and a fourth area is designated as the Oregon Trail Nature Park. Camping, off-road vehicle use, horse riding, and target shooting are prohibited.
25905 Jeffrey Road
Saint Marys, KS 66536
A small parking area with info kiosks and brochures is available at the entrance.
Wildlife Management Area 1
Wildlife Management Area 1, located 10 miles from Wamego, has 1,385 acres available to the general public 24 hours a day with uncontrolled access for hunting. Animals common to the area include whitetailed deer, rabbit, squirrel, coyote, raccoon, opossum, prairie chicken, quail and turkey. All Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks regulations apply.
Wildlife Management Area 2
Located 17 miles from Wamego, Wildlife Management Area 2 is also known as the William B. Hanzlick Wildlife Area. This area is open sunrise to sunset to the general public by permit only. The only access to these some 5,600 acres is through the main entry gate at the Jeffrey Energy Center. There is a guard posted at this gate 24 hours a day.
Those wishing to hunt or fish must leave their hunting or fishing license with the guard, sign a log book, obtain a copy of the regulations, a map and a colored badge that must be visibly worn. The number of people allowed to fish or hunt on Area 2 at any one time will be limited. Hunting regulations for the state of Kansas shall apply with some modifications. The following animals are common to the area: whitetailed deer, rabbit, squirrel, raccoon, opossum, prairie chicken, dove, duck, geese, quail and turkey.
Trapping and coyote hunting is prohibited. Fishing at Make-up Lake is open year-round. Fishing at the lower Auxiliary Make-up Lake is closed from the first day of duck season in October to March 1. No swimming is allowed. Fishing hours are sunrise to sunset. The following fish are popular in the area: large and small mouth bass, channel and flathead catfish, walleye, crappie, white bass and wiper.
Jeffery Energy Center can and will close access to Area 2 if the National Security Level increases. It is always wise to call the guard house before making any long trips to hunt or fish on Area 2.
Wildlife Management Area 3 (off limits)
This area has been designated a wildlife refuge, and is restricted from public access.
For more information
Guard house at Jeffrey Energy Center
Pottawatomie State Fishing Lake
On 190 acres you can hike the rolling hills, watch for wintering Bald Eagles, camp around the lake, picnic on a table or the grass, catch a crappie from one of seven fishing piers, or bag a deer. This 24-acre lake consists of 166 acres of wildlife area open to hunting and trapping.
Boy Scout Troop 297 of Westmoreland, Kan., maintain a nature trail about one mile long. Animal population includes deer, turkey, fox squirrel, and bobwhite quail. Boats requiring registration are allowed for fishing only. Vessels not requiring registration, including canoes, kayaks, paddle boats, etc., may be used on the lake for recreational use. There is no electricity or running water, so camping is wilderness style. There are fire rings available at some campsites, with more primitive campsites available. Maximum depth of the lake is 14 feet, with an average depth of 7 feet.
Fish population includes bluegill, channel and flathead catfish, white crappie, green sunfish, and largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass. Catfish and bass are protected by a 15 inch length minimum. ADA compliant, unisex vault toilet available on site.
For more information
Pottawatomie State Lake Office
Tuttle Creek Wildlife Area & Olsburg Marsh
This area, about 30 miles from Wamego, boasts 12,200 acres of land licensed for wildlife management. Burned-off wheat stubble and sunflower fields attract doves in early fall. Deer and turkey hunting is good in the woody draws and river bottoms. Semi-open grasslands and weed strips along timber stands harbor bobwhite quail and pheasant. Several marshlands, built with sportsmen’s dollars, provide food and shelter for migrating waterfowl and shorebirds.
Two of the larger marshes on the east side of the wildlife area, Olsburg and Black Vermillion, are great duck hunting spots. Parking lots are available.
A 1,500-acre waterfowl refuge is closed to all activities from Oct. 1 through Jan. 15. Watch boundary lines that separate public hunting lands from private property. Much of Tuttle’s public hunting area is separated from the road by private land. Respect landowner’s property and don’t drive across crops. To hunt on private property, you must have permission. Public land managed by the Department of Wildlife and Parks is posted with black and yellow “Public Hunting” signs.
Tuttle Creek State Park
5800 River Pond Rd
Manhattan, KS 66502
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