Kansas, nicknamed the Jayhawk State, is known for its wide open spaces, bison and thousands of acres of farm and ranching land. Kansas also has many rivers, creeks and streams, offering outdoor and boating enthusiasts opportunities to canoe, kayak, raft and fish.
Region 1-Saline and Solomon Rivers
The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks breaks the state down according to regions. Region 1 is the northwest portion of the state and has the Saline and Solomon Rivers within the boundaries. KDWP suggests fishing at the low water dam near Lincoln along the Saline River. KDWP reports the Glen Elder Reservoir Wildlife Area along the north and south fork of the Solomon River is good for fishing for catfish, bluegill and crappie. Canoe and kayak along these rivers by putting in at the numerous public boat launches built by KDWP on the river shores. Fishing is also available in the Smoky Hill River near the Smoky Hill Wildlife Area, which surrounds the upper end of Kanopolis Reservoir. However, according to KDWP, fishing access through the wildlife area is limited.
Region 2-Topeka Region
KDWP Region 2 is in the northeast section of the state. Topeka, one of Kansas' larger cities, is in Region 2. The Big Blue, Delaware, Kansas, Marais des Cygnes, Republican and Wakarusa rivers flow through Region 2. Kayaking, canoeing, fishing, swimming, inner tubing and rafting on these rivers is allowed through Kansas State Parks. Region 2 also includes Rock Creek, where there is fishing.
Region 3-Dodge City
Region 3 is in the southwest part of Kansas. Dodge City, the famous old western town where Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson once worked as lawmen, is in Region 3. The Ninnescah River runs through this part of the state and KDWP reports good fishing in the south fork of the river. Cottonwood Flats runs in Region 3. Fishing, swimming and boating in the Cottonwoods Flats water is allowed, according to KDWP.
Article Written By Eric Cedric
A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.