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Queens State Wildlife Area

Queens State Wildlife Area

For birders, Queens State Wildlife Area is excellent for shore and wading birds in low-water years-phalaropes, avocets, sandpipers, black-necked stilts, and dowitchers. Piping plovers, a threatened species, and endangered least terns have nested here in recent years. Observe the signs denoting sensitive wildlife nesting areas along the beach. Piping plovers nest on the sand so don’t drive vehicles on the beach or allow dogs to chase the birds. Some snowy plovers and large accumulations of white pelicans. Snow geese numbers impressive in late February and early March in high water years.

Size: 13,886 acres
Elevation: 3,959,248 ft.
GMU: 126, 127
County: Kiowa
Fishing: wiper, crappie, largemouth bass, white bass, and channel catfish.
Hunting: deer, rabbit, squirrel, pheasant, bobwhite quail, scaled quail, turkey, dove, duck and goose.
Recreation: hunting, fishing, powerboating, sail boating, wind surfing, waterskiing, camping, and wildlife viewing.


  1. Boating prohibited in Lower Queens if it creates a whitewater wake from opening day of waterfowl season through December 1.
  2. Boating prohibited if it creates a whitewater wake in channel between Upper and Lower Queens.
  3. Hunters in Lower Queens, Upper Queens (including channel), Nee Gronda and Nee Noshe must check in and out at check station when open.
  4. Closed as posted in Lower Queens except to retrieve downed waterfowl December 1 through last day of waterfowl season as posted.
  5. Closed as posted in Upper Queens (including channel), Nee Gronda, Nee Noshe, and Nee So Pah except to retrieve downed waterfowl November 1 – last day of waterfowl season.
  6. ATVs and dirt bikes prohibited.

Queens State Wildlife Area

Restaurants, recreation facilities, attractions, and more are now open with state-approved COVID-19 safety measures in place.

With plenty of open space, we offer an ideal place to get away and be safe. Business situations change frequently, so we recommend calling ahead.


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