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 Park||1 Lake Rd, Farlington||Cabins, primitive camping & full RV hookups, showers, swimming beach, boating, fishing, biking, hiking||620-362-3671|
|Cross Timbers State Park||12 miles west of Yates Center, south of Toronto, 144 KS-105||Primitive camping & full RV hookups, showers, boating, fishing, biking, hiking. Ancient Trees Trail||620-637-2213|
|Elk City State Park||4825 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 cabin||620-331-6295|
|Fall River State Park||2350 Casner Creek Rd, Fall River||Primitive camping & water/ electric hookups, showers, boating, fishing, biking, hiking, playgrounds||620-637-2213|
Wildlife Areas in Southeast Kansas
Hunting and fishing licenses, permits and boat registrations required, but state park permits are not required.
|Berentz-Dick (Buffalo Ranch)||11 miles SW of Elk City||Consists of 3 tracts of land totaling 1,360 acres.||620-331-6820|
|Big Hill||9 miles E of Cherryvale (2 miles E of Big Hill Lake)||1,320 acres.||620-432-5053|
|Bourbon||10 miles S of Moran on KS-59 to Elsmore then E 4 miles||103 acre lake sits on 380 acres total.||620-449-2539|
|Copan||1.5 miles W of Caney||620-331-6820|
|Dove Flats||4 miles NW of Elk City||206 acres.||620-331-6820|
|Duck Creek||5 miles N of Elk City||100 acres.||620-331-6820|
|Elk City||5 miles NW of Independence||12,446 acres.||620-331-6820|
|Fall River||NW of Fall River State Park||11,000+ acres includes nearly 40 miles of shoreline. Additional 750 acres for waterfowl refuges are off limits to the public.||620-583-6783|
|Harmon||1 mile N of Chetopa||620-231-3173|
|Hollister||11 miles SW of Fort Scott||180 acres.||620-449-2539|
|John Redmond||9 miles W of Burlington||1,637 acres. 75% prone to heavy flooding.||620-637-2748|
|La Cygne||1 mile E of Linn Valley||2,600-acre cooling reservoir with 2,000 acres of land||913-352-8941|
|Lyon||13 miles N of Emporia on KS-99, then 2 miles E on Country Road 270||135acre lake surrounded by 442 acres.||620-699-3372|
|Marais des Cygnes||4 miles west of Trading Post||7,654 acres.||913-352-8941|
|Melvern||North of Reading||9,000+ acres.||620-699-3372|
|Mined Land||47 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|
|Neosho||3 miles E of St. Paul||3,246 acres, including 1,675 acres of wetlands.||620-449-2539|
|Osage||5 miles SW of Carbondale||366 acres includes 140 acre lake||620-699-3372|
|Shoal Creek||2.5 miles S of Galena||32 acres. Adjacent to Schermerhorn Park, maintained by the city of Galena, which includes the Southeast Kansas Nature Center.||620-231-3173|
|Spring River||Two tracts: 424 acres of the Ozark Plateau along Spring River near Crestline; and, 62 acres along river near Riverton.||620-431-0380|
|Toronto||NW of Toronto Lake||4,700 acres of land and water.||620-583-6783|
|Wilson||3 miles SW of Buffalo||Includes 119 acre lake.||620-637-2748|
|Woodson||6 miles E of Toronto||Includes 180 acre lake.||620-637-2748|