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National Wildlife Refuge

Three young black-tailed prairie dogs survey their surroundings from an entrance to their burrow.
702 East Xavier Road
Kirwin, KS   67644
E-mail: kirwin@fws.gov
Phone Number: 785-543-6673
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Black-tailed prairie dogs influence the lives of many prairie animals, including birds of prey, other small mammals, and snakes.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Environmental education programs are generally held on the third Thursday of each month from August through May. Special events celebrating National Wildlife Refuge Week and International Migratory Bird Day are held each year. Programs such as Eagle Day, the Eco-Meet, and the Kids Fishing Clinic are designed for youth to gain a greater appreciation of the Refuge and its resources.

Under high water conditions, the Refuge offers outstanding fishing opportunities for crappie, walleye, and catfish. A wide variety of other species can be found in the reservoir.

Hunting opportunities exist for waterfowl, morning doves, upland game birds, snipe, coots, cottontail rabbits, fox squirrels, and deer. Deer hunting is limited to archery. Kirwin NWR is nationally recognized for its goose and archery deer hunting.

A visitor center interpreting Refuge habitats and associated wildlife is located at the Refuge headquarters building. Walking trails are located at the Prairie Dog Town and at Crappie Point and interpret the plants and animals associated with native prairie. Kiosks are located throughout the Refuge interpreting various aspects of the Refuge and the Refuge's role in the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Wildlife Observation
More than 300 wildlife species can be observed and photographed on the Refuge. The tour route following the south shore of the reservoir and Bow Creek provides exceptional habitat diversity for wildlife viewing.

Office hours are from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, except on Federal holidays.

Entrance Fees
The Refuge does not charge an entrance fee.

Use Fees
The Refuge does not charge user fees (i.e., hunt fees, camping fees, boat launch, meeting rooms rental fees, auto tour fees, guided tour fees, etc.).
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