Cedar Bluff Reservoir

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Cedar Bluff Reservoir

Kansas

(785) 726-3212

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Overview

Cedar Bluff Dam and reservoir is a feature of the Cedar Bluff Unit, Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program, and is located on the Smoky Hill River in west central Kansas. The reservoir open 24 hours. The reservoir has approximately 3280 water surface acres, 8256 land acres and 50 miles of shoreline. All recreation at the reservoir is managed by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. Recreation opportunities include camping, hiking, boating and fishing.

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Latitude, Longitude: 38.787810, -99.737663

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Activities

  • Boating

    Six boat ramps and two courtesy docks are located on the reservoir. A no wake policy is enforced near boat ramps and at the west end of the reservoir.

  • Camping

    Campers are encouraged to use the State Park where modern and primitive camping sites and rental cabins are available the year round. Camping on the Wildlife Area is primitive and limited to six designated areas. These areas have no fees for camping. Cedar Bluff State Park offers three styles of rental cabins, each with its own, unique atmosphere. All cabins are available year-round.

  • Fishing

    Walleye, bass, crappie, wiper and catfish can be caught in the reservoir. Creel limits are in effect for all fish with the exception of White Bass. Walleye must be a minimum of 18 inches while largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass must be at least fifteen inches. An accessible fishing dock and two fish cleaning stations are located in the park.

  • Hiking

    Cedar Bluff has one five mile hiking trail for visitors to enjoy.

  • Historic Sites

    Threshing Machine Canyon, the site of an 1867 Indian attack on a wagon train bearing a threshing machine, is accessed by a road west of the park. In the historic canyon, you will find carvings dating back to the mid-1800s. Additionally, the Butterfield Overland Dispatch Historic Trail crosses at Cedar Bluff reservoir where some wagon ruts are still visible.

  • Hunting

    Public hunting areas are limited in Kansas, so demand is high. Management continually seeks to enhance hunting quality. In the past archery and firearm hunters have recorded one of the highest big game public land success rates. Most deer are whitetails with a few mule deer on the area. Turkey numbers are low. Pheasant populations fluctuate with the most hunting pressure during the season opener. Diverse habitats with grass, crops, weeds produce the best results. Quail numbers vary. Additionally, doves are plentiful until cold weather moves in. Geese and ducks use the area during migration, numbers vary with habitat conditions. Most goose hunting occurs when the geese leave the area to feed.

  • Picnicking

    Four shelters are availible at the Bluffton side of the reservoir. All camping areas have picnic tables open for use.

  • RVing

    Sites with electricity and sewage are availible in the state park. Three dumpstations are also offered to visitors with trailers or RVs.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming and jet skiing can be enjoyed at the park.

Directions

Driving

The reservoir is located 15 miles south of WaKeeney, Kansas. The nearest highways are Kansas 283 and 147.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(785) 726-3212

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