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Elwood Bottoms

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Size (acres):  1601.77

River Mile:  441.6 to about 441.74 (for part along river); 442.45 to 444.4; 445.15 to 447.4; and 448.16 to 449.5

Bank:  Right descending bank

County:  Doniphan

State:  Kansas

Ownership, Management and Access

Ownership:  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Acquisition Status:  Acquired from willing sellers between 2006 and 2015, under Water Resources Development Acts 1986 and 1999 authorizations.

On-Site Management:  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) - KDWPT administers and/or performs operation and maintenance activities on behalf of the Corps according to the terms of various agreements.

Site Access: 

  • Motor vehicles are restricted to established roadways and parking areas.
  • A levee system is present on the site and is not an established roadway for public access to the site. Do not block farm roads, drive on levee slopes or along or across the levee crown. 
  • Do not illegally trespass on adjacent private lands to access the site.

Description, Use and Regulations

Description:  The Elwood Bottoms site is located along the Missouri River.

  • A section of Federal Levee Unit No. R-471-460 is located on the site.
  • The site contains a variety of features such as riparian forests, cropland, native grasslands, wetlands and scour holes.

Status:  Open to public.

Site Use:  The area provides for a wide variety of outdoor recreational opportunities including bird watching, hiking, hunting and fishing.

Site-use Regulations:  

  • People visiting these areas must comply with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations, including hunting, fishing, etc.  In general Title 36 Part 327 of the Code of Federal Regulations governs the use of Corps property.  Other regulations may apply to properties owned by other federal agencies.
  • Special regulations and restrictions may be posted on site.

Special-use Regulations:  No target shooting or primitive camping permitted.

For More Information

Contact Information: 

  • Contact KDWPT at (913) 367-7811 or visit the Elwood Wildlife Area webpage.
  • Contact the Corps' Missouri River Area Office at (816) 240-8131.

Story Maps Link:  http://rsgisias.crrel.usace.army.mil/story_maps/nwo/mrrp/index.html#

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