Quivira National Wildlife Refuge

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Quivira National Wildlife Refuge

Kansas

(620) 486-2393

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Things To Do

Overview

As part of the National Wildlife Refuge System, Quivira National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) offers opportunities for wildlife observation and photography, environmental education and interpretation, and hunting and fishing. Bird watching and wildlife viewing opportunities abound at Quivira. The Refuge has two large salt marshes, and both are excellent places to look for birds such as mallards, wood ducks, pintails, white pelicans, shorebirds and more. Additionally, bobcats, coyotes, and other mammals are frequently seen in various locations. Each season is unique, and each is worth exploring. Quivira is open during daylight hours, and there is no entrance fee.

Map of Quivira NWR

Latitude, Longitude: 38.077150, -98.488312

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Activities

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    The 14-mile drive through the refuge provides visitors many opportunities to pull over and view wildlife. The four mile Wildlife Drive at the north end of the refuge offers wildlife watching opportunities and views of the Big Salt Marsh and surrounding habitats. An accessible spotting scope is provided to assist visitors in watching wildlife.

  • Fishing

    The fishing program is managed in accordance with State and Federal regulations. Special refuge regulations, listed in the Quivira NWR hunting and fishing leaflet, also apply. An accessible fishing area is located on the north end of the Little Salt Marsh. The "Kids Fishing Pond" is located west of the visitor center. This pond is reserved for kids 14 years and younger. An accompanying adult may fish with the youth. An accessible pier is also located at this pond.

  • Hiking

    A 1.2-mile nature trail, the Nature Trails Migrants Mile, is located south of the Environmental Education Classroom. It loops through shaded woodlands, along marshy edges, and through native grasslands. An elevated boardwalk takes you across a large marsh. A surfaced, accessible three-quarter mile loop is also a part of the nature trail. A 1,000-foot accessible trail, the Birdhouse Boulevard, is located on the west side of the visitor center parking area. A variety of birdhouses line this scenic trail.

  • Hunting

    ATTENTION: Quivira is closed to hunting due to the presence of Whooping Cranes. Hunting will be suspended until it is determined that all Whooping Cranes have left the area.

Park Partners

Friends of Quivira

Directions

Driving

To reach Quivira NWR from Wichita, Kansas, and points east, take K96 west to Hutchinson. Take Highway 50 west approximately 14 miles to Highway 14 north. Go five miles north to 4th street, turn left and go 17 miles west to the Refuge headquarters.

From Great Bend and points north, take Highway 281 south to 70th Street, and then head east 13 miles to the Refuge headquarters.

From Pratt and points south take Highway 281 north past St. John to 70th Street. Take 70th Street east 13 miles to the Refuge headquarters.

From Macksville and points west, take Highway 50 east to Stafford. Drive north through Stafford and continue sixmiles north to the four-way stop sign. Turn east six miles to the Refuge headquarters.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(620) 486-2393

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