Premier Hunting And Fishing

Wildlife-rich. Abundant game. Trophy worthy. We grow them big in Southeast Kansas.

Four-time host of the NSCA U.S. Open

1329 NW 100th St

If you are looking for top-of-the-line pheasant hunting, look no further. Claythorne Lodge offers guided or non-guided hunts, clay shooting and spectacular views. No need to shoot and run, Claythorne has lodging and an RV park available. The lodge has been host to many major competitions – regional, national and even international – including the NSCA US Open, one of the biggest events in sporting clays. Whether you come out for competition or recreation, you can expect great sport, a helpful pro staff and warm Midwest hospitality, sure as shootin’.

America’s premier hunting resort

2639 Quail Road

Flint Oak has become known as “America’s Premier Hunting Resort,” providing field hunts for upland game birds, driven European style pheasant shoots, deer, duck and wild turkey hunting for its members. Nestled in the foothills of the Flint Hills, Flint Oak boasts unique scenery that is unparalleled anywhere in Kansas. Three fishing lakes and numerous ponds scattered throughout the more than 6,000-acre ranch create a destination in Southeast Kansas that ranks among the best in the world. Guided and non-guided experiences available, lodging, dining, a pro-shop and jaw-dropping scenic views. Flint Oak offers top-notch guides and dogs for an unforgettable experience.

Fine upland game hunting

444 90th Rd

Lone Pine Hunting Preserve offers some of the finest upland game hunting, including pheasant, chukar and bobwhite quail, on its Controlled Shooting Area. Lone Pine offers field hunts, European Hunts and some of the finest Brittanys in the country. There is no bag limit and no memberships required. Your hunt and a lifetime of memories are waiting for you at Lone Pine Hunting Preserve.

Kansas Catfish Capital


Recreational opportunities abound near Chetopa with the Neosho River dam offering world-class catfish and spoonbill fishing. Campsites also are available.

One of the clearest lakes

East of Cherryvale

Considered a trophy fishing lake, Big Hill has developed into one of the most productive and popular fishing spots in the area. Principal species of sport fish include largemouth bass, crappie, channel and flathead catfish, bluegill, walleye and smallmouth bass.

With Big Hill being one of the clearest lakes in Kansas, the alcohol-free sand-covered beach also has become a popular spot for cooling off from the summer heat.

Find it all at Lil’ Toledo Lodge

10600 170th Rd

If you’re looking for primo hunting and fishing, a refreshing family getaway, picturesque wedding venue or even a site for a business retreat, Lil’ Toledo Lodge absolutely has it all.

Nestled along the Neosho River, visitors here often refer to the property as the “best kept secret in the Midwest.” It features 15,000 acres of unspoiled prairie land; 3,500 acres of controlled-shooting upland game hunting; 7,000 acres of farmland for wild turkeys; and a 450-acre duck marsh.

The family owned facility also offers a 20-station sporting clay course and 850-yard gun range. Lil’ Toledo is your full-service outdoor specialist.

Discover an angler’s paradise


Wilson State Lake is known for cranking out plentiful, big specimens of largemouth and smallmouth bass. But that’s not all! The lake offers excellent channel cat, blue cat, white crappie, walleye, bluegill, redear sunfish, white bass, white perch and striped bass angling. A boat ramp, two docks (one is ADA accessible), eight fishing piers and camping sites are available for public use. For a quality fishing experience, head over to beautiful Wilson State Lake.

Reel one in at the Big Bass Capital of Southeast Kansas

100 Marina Rd

Fishing at La Cygne Reservoir produces a mixed bag of fish, from big blue, channel or flathead catfish, to white bass and wipers or crappie and largemouth bass. Recognized as one of the country’s Top 100 Fishing Lakes by Bassmaster Magazine, and known as the big bass capital of SEK, the reservoir offers top-notch fishing in both summer and winter. In addition to fishing, duck and goose hunting is permitted on the lake (only from boats).

Discover a hidden jewel


The picturesque views at Elk City Reservoir are just as wonderful as the abundant fishing opportunities and other outdoor activities. This hidden gem, located about five miles northwest of Independence, offers anglers a chance at white bass, catfish, crappie and more.

While there, be sure to check out the camping and nationally acclaimed hiking trails – all in all, it’s the perfect outdoor escape.

Enjoy premier fishing


Coffey County Lake is dedicated exclusively to fishing and has been featured on national television programs. The pride of Coffey County Lake is its great fishing for big smallmouth bass. Cruise the 20 miles of shoreline in search of smallies, largemouth, catfish and walleye. Crappie, white bass and wipers are also abundant in the lake.

State Parks in Southeast Kansas

Crawford State Park1 Lake Rd, FarlingtonCabins, primitive camping & full RV hookups, showers, swimming beach, boating, fishing, biking, hiking620-362-3671
Cross Timbers State Park12 miles west of Yates Center, south of Toronto, 144 KS-105Primitive camping & full RV hookups, showers, boating, fishing, biking, hiking. Ancient Trees Trail620-637-2213
Elk City State Park4825 Squaw Creek Rd
5 miles northwest of Independence, 1 mile north of US-160
Primitive camping & full RV hookups, showers, boating, fishing, biking, hiking, swimming beach, playgrounds, 1 cabin620-331-6295
Fall River State Park2350 Casner Creek Rd, Fall RiverPrimitive camping & water/ electric hookups, showers, boating, fishing, biking, hiking, playgrounds620-637-2213
Prairie Spirit Trail (Iola to Ottawa) and Flint Hills Trail (Osawatomie to Herington) are also considered state parks and traverse parts of SEK.

Wildlife Areas in Southeast Kansas

Hunting and fishing licenses, permits and boat registrations required, but state park permits are not required.

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Berentz-Dick (Buffalo Ranch)11 miles SW of Elk CityConsists of 3 tracts of land totaling 1,360 acres.620-331-6820
Big Hill9 miles E of Cherryvale (2 miles E of Big Hill Lake)1,320 acres.620-432-5053
Bourbon10 miles S of Moran on KS-59 to Elsmore then E 4 miles103 acre lake sits on 380 acres total.620-449-2539
Copan1.5 miles W of Caney620-331-6820
Dove Flats4 miles NW of Elk City206 acres.620-331-6820
Duck Creek5 miles N of Elk City100 acres.620-331-6820
Elk City5 miles NW of Independence12,446 acres.620-331-6820
Fall RiverNW of Fall River State Park11,000+ acres includes nearly 40 miles of shoreline. Additional 750 acres for waterfowl refuges are off limits to the public.620-583-6783
Harmon1 mile N of Chetopa620-231-3173
Hollister11 miles SW of Fort Scott 180 acres.620-449-2539
John Redmond9 miles W of Burlington1,637 acres. 75% prone to heavy flooding.620-637-2748
La Cygne1 mile E of Linn Valley2,600-acre cooling reservoir with 2,000 acres of land913-352-8941
Lyon13 miles N of Emporia on KS-99, then 2 miles E on Country Road 270135acre lake surrounded by 442 acres.620-699-3372
Marais des Cygnes4 miles west of Trading Post7,654 acres.913-352-8941
MelvernNorth of Reading9,000+ acres.620-699-3372
Mined Land47 tracts scattered across Cherokee & Crawford counties (Google: “MLWA Unit”)1,500 acres of water plus 13,000 acres of land scattered across two counties. Most was surface mined then returned to nature. Includes more than 1,000 strip pit lakes.620-431-0380
Neosho3 miles E of St. Paul3,246 acres, including 1,675 acres of wetlands.620-449-2539
Osage5 miles SW of Carbondale366 acres includes 140 acre lake620-699-3372
Shoal Creek2.5 miles S of Galena32 acres. Adjacent to Schermerhorn Park, maintained by the city of Galena, which includes the Southeast Kansas Nature Center.620-231-3173
Spring RiverTwo tracts: 424 acres of the Ozark Plateau along Spring River near Crestline; and, 62 acres along river near Riverton.620-431-0380
TorontoNW of Toronto Lake4,700 acres of land and water.620-583-6783
Wilson3 miles SW of BuffaloIncludes 119 acre lake.620-637-2748
Woodson6 miles E of TorontoIncludes 180 acre lake.620-637-2748