Recent Aggressive Bison Behavior
Bison have recently exhibited some aggressive behavior. Hikers are alerted. Hiking is still available with alternate trails around Windmill Pasture. If hiking through the pasture, please stay at least 100 yards away from the bison or turn around. More »
National Park Service
at the Preserve
Three preserve ponds are open to the public for catch and release fishing under the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Park and Tourism's Fishing Impoundments and Stream Habitats (F.I.S.H.) program. The fishing program is available year-round. A valid Kansas fishing license is required for Kansas residents between the ages of 16 through 74 and must be in their possession while fishing in Kansas. All nonresidents 16 and older must have a valid nonresident license to fish in Kansas.
The fishing ponds are located northeast of Strong City. From Strong City, travel east on U.S. 50 for 1.5 miles, turning north on U-Road at the Kansas historic marker. Travel approximately one mile on gravel road. The parking lot is on the west side of the road. The ponds are accessible via a short hike from the parking area.
See map below for fishing locations. A larger map is available at the fishing area kiosk.
Fishing on Fox Creek
Fishing is available on Fox Creek from the Bottomland Trail (south end) to the low water crossing located approximately 2 miles north and is available by walk-in access only. Park your vehicle in the Bottomland Trail parking lot located 1/3 mile east of St. Anthony cemetery on the gravel County Road 227. The road is not marked, so watch carefully as you approach the cemetery. Fishing is catch-and-release and anglers must possess a valid Kansas fishing license.
See the map below for Fox Creek fishing.
Did You Know?
A single blade of big bluestem might have a root system descending over 8 feet underground. This is deep enough so that the plant will emerge in the spring even without rainfall. Big bluestem grows abundantly on the Southwind Nature Trail.