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Thurston Reservoir State Wildlife Area

Thurston Reservoir State Wildlife Area

For birders, Thurston Reservoir is a great place to see good rails, bitterns, and ducks swimming in the open channels. Nearby fields can attract huge flocks of Sandhill Cranes in migration, and there are sometimes thousands of Snow Geese here in the winter.

Size: 400 acres
Elevation: 3,795 ft
GMU: 127
County: Prowers
Motorboats: Permitted except during waterfowl season. Primitive, free boat ramp.
Facilities: Boat ramp and restrooms
Access: Open year-round but closed to motorboats during waterfowl season
Fishing: Crappie, Channel, Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Wipers, and possibly some Tiger Muskie.
Hunting: dove, duck, and goose.
Recreation: fishing, hunting, powerboating, sailboarding, windsurfing, waterskiing, camping, and wildlife viewing.


  1. Boating prohibited if it creates whitewater wake November 1 through last day of waterfowl season.
  2. Closed 1 hour after sunset to 1 hour before sunrise except for fishing.
  3. ATVs, dirt bikes, and snowmobiles prohibited.
  4. Frozen surface of lake closed.
  5. Dams, inlets, outlet structures closed except for fishing.

Thurston Reservoir 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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