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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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The Big and Little Salt Marsh are both at higher water levels. North Lake has adequate water, however, water levels are being kept shallower on the north flats for feeding areas during shorebird migration. Other smaller wetlands in hunting and non-hunting areas have some existing water leftover from summer rains. Unit 28 has adequate water. The 10 and 11 units are at low levels, but will be increasing with water from the Little Salt Marsh.

Current Hunting Status as of September 14, 2020

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Quivira is open to hunting. The Refuge bird count on September 14, 2020 was 8,017 waterfowl, with 4,000 of those being teal and the remaining a mixture of larger ducks. Waterfowl numbers have increased slowly with fall migration just beginning.

Hunting and Fishing Update

August 31, 2020

Hunting and fishing opportunities were expanded on 97 national wildlife refuges across the country in 2020. Please review our current hunting and fishing brochure for information and regulations associated with these activities.

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.

Learn more about the NWRS