Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge Facilities

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Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), the first national wildlife refuge in Kansas, was established in 1954 as an overlay project on a Bureau of Reclamation irrigation and flood control reservoir. The bureau owns the land and controls reservoir water levels, while the refuge staff manages all other activities on the land and water. The reservoir is fed by the North Fork of the Solomon River and Bow Creek. Both are intermittent streams, which means they may dry up in periods of low precipitation. The refuge and reservoir are open 24 hours. The primary purpose of the Kirwin NWR is to provide nesting cover, food and shelter for song birds, waterfowl, upland game birds, and mammals. Wildlife-oriented recreational activities such as fishing, hunting, wildlife observation, and photography can also be enjoyed at the refuge. Fishing for walleye, black crappie, largemouth and smallmouth bass, wipers, channel catfish and other species is permitted year round. Hunting for waterfowl and upland game is permitted during the appropriate season. Site is locates 4 miles west and 1 mile south of Kirwin, KS or 11 miles southeast of Phillipsburg, KS on State highway 9.

Kirwin Reservoir at Kirwin NWR
Pick-Sloan MBP
(managing entity)
Fish and Wildlife Service
702 E. Xavier Road
Kirwin KS 67644
Land Area (acres) Total 10778
  Developed Public Use 100
  Undeveloped 10678
Water Surface (acres) Total 5065
  Available for Recreation 3465
Shoreline (miles) Total 37
  Available for Recreation 37
Fees Area Entrance none
  Campgrounds none
  Picnic Areas none
  Boat Launch Facilities none
  Parking none
  Other none
Facilities (number) Campgrounds 0
  Campsites 0
  Tent Only Campsites 0
  RV Hookups 0
  Mobile Home Parks 0
  Mobile Home Sites 0
  Camp Shower Facilities no
  Picnic Areas 3
  Picnic Tables 4
  Picnic Shelters 0
  Swimming Beaches 0
  Swim Shower Facilities no
  Boat Launch Ramps 3
  Boat Launch Lanes 3
  Mooring Buoys 0
  Slip Mooring Spaces 0
  Concessions 0
Potable Water Campgrounds none
  Picnic Areas none
  Other Locations none
Toilets Campgrounds 0
  Picnic Areas none
  Other Locations 4
Sanitary Stations Trailer / RV none
  Boat none

For more information visit the Kansas Recreation page.

Last Updated: 9/29/17