Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

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Features

  • Hunting and Fishing

    Historic proposal for hunting & fishing

    In spring 2020 U.S. Secretary of the Interior Bernhardt announced a historic proposal for new and expanded hunting and fishing opportunities

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  • Quivira National Quivira National Wildlife Refuge Sunset (1500px)

    Refuge Water Management News

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as part of its efforts to optimally manage the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge and address the refuge’s ongoing water impairment, is actively working with local stakeholders and communities to explore future opportunities to collaborate on water management and conservation.

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  • Flock of Northern Pintails in a marsh

    Hunting and Fishing at Quivira

    Please review our Hunting and Fishing Brochure for current information and regulations in regards to hunting and fishing on the refuge.

    Hunting and Fishing Brochure

  • Pair of adult Whooping Cranes

    Whooping Crane Update

    Fall Whooper migration should begin in October. See how many birds were observed this past spring!

    Whooping Crane Sightings

  • Least Bittern

    Birding Quivira

    Quivira is one of the top birding destinations in the United States. Find out where to go and when.

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About Quivira

Quivira NWR Water Conditions 2020

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As of December18, 2020: Levels on the Big and Little Salt Marsh are at good levels for migrating waterfowl, and water is being moved to smaller wetlands. Staff will continue to move available water to other wetlands as the fall and winter moves forward. Some smaller wetlands like Unit 29 may remain dry for the season so mowing and disking can be completed to control cattail and other vegetation. 95% of the water on the refuged was iced over on 12/18/2020. However, if warm weather prevails this week, we should see some of this ice melt.

Current Hunting Status as of January 5, 2021

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Quivira NWR is currently open to hunting. Quivira NWR is currently closed to duck hunting for the Low Plains Late Zone split. Duck hunting will reopen January 23-31. White Fronted Geese are also closed and will reopen January 23-February 14. Canada and Snow goose hunting is still open along with pheasant and quail hunting at Quivira NWR. Deer, turkey, and furbearer hunting will take place as part of the Kansas special hunts in 2021. Look for more information to come on these opportunities. As of December 18, 2020 the following birds were seen at the Refuge: 13,000 ducks, 1500 geese, 33 tundra swans, and 6,000 sandhill cranes. Fishing is open all year. Water conditions as of 12/18/20 95% iced over.

Hunting and Fishing Update

October 23, 2020

Quivira NWR is currently open to hunting. Quivira NWR is currently closed to duck hunting for the Low Plains Late Zone split, duck hunting will reopen January 23-31. White Fronted Geese are also closed and will reopen January 23-February 14. Canada and Snow goose hunting is still open along with pheasant and quail hunting at Quivira NWR. Deer, Turkey, and Furbearer hunting on the Refuge will be open for application through the State permitted draw process during the spring, 2021. As of December 18, 2020, current birds seen on the refuge include 13,000 ducks, 1500 geese, 33 tundra swans, and 6,000 sandhill cranes. Fishing is open all year.

Hunting and Fishing Brochure

Where is Quivira?

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Quivira is located in central Kansas, 30 miles west of Hutchinson.

About the Refuge
Quivira Water Management News

Refuge Water Management News

Quivira National Quivira National Wildlife Refuge Sunset (1500px)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as part of its efforts to optimally manage the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge and address the refuge’s ongoing water impairment, is actively working with local stakeholders and communities to explore future opportunities to collaborate on water management and conservation.

Learn more >

About the Complex

Kansas National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Quivira National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Kansas National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

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