• The setting sun over the Flint Hills casts shadows across the wide expanse of tallgrass prairie.

    Tallgrass Prairie

    National Preserve Kansas

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  • Reminder, Bison Are Wild Animals

    Windmill Pasture is home to the bison herd. They have been quite active in recent weeks. Please stay on the trails and use caution in their vicinity. Do not come in close contact with the bison. Allow at least 100 yards between you and the herd. More »

  • Handicap Parking Available at Visitor Center

    For the next several months, the handicap parking area by the barn is closed until the barn construction project is complete. Handicap parking is available at the Visitor Center.

Outdoor Activities

Kids fishing at the preserve's ponds.

Recreational fishing at the preserve.

National Park Service

Catch-and-Release Fishing

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.


Anglers are limited to worms and artificial lures. Additional fishing regulations are posted at the parking area kiosk.

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.

 
Catch and Release Fishing Map
Two Section Pasture Fishing Map
 

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.

 
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Fox Creek Trail Hiking and Fishing Map

Did You Know?

Grazing cattle at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

Cattle can gain up to 2 pounds per day grazing on the prairie grasses of the Flint Hills. The calcium found in the limestone erodes into the soil, making the prairie plants more nutritious for grazing animals. Cattle grazing is still the main agricultural use of the Flint Hills today.