The Kiowa Formation is exposed discontinuously along the shores of Kanopolis Reservoir in central Kansas. This reservoir was formed by the damming of the Smoky River in Ellsworth County about 20 mi (32 km) southwest of Salina. One of the best exposures is about 660 ft (200 m) southwest of the dam control tower along the shore (NE¼, Sec.3, T.17S., R.6W.; 97°58′ W., 38°36—30—N.; Crawford 1964 USGS topographic sheet) (Fig. 1). The outcrop is accessible by a short hike west of the road leading across the dam. The condition of the exposure depends on the water level and varies from time to time. A similar section is exposed along the eastern bluff in the second bay west of the state campground. It is accessible by walking northwest a few hundred meters from the road (C. NE¼, Sec.4, T.17S., R.6W.;97°59—W., 38°36—24—N.). The unfossiliferous lower part of the section is partly exposed on private land east of the dam (SW¼, Sec.l, T.17S., R.6W.;97°56—36’W., 38°36—24’N.)
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One of six volumes generated by each GSA section for the Decade of North American Geology (DNAG) project, this Centennial Field Guide contains descriptions of 100 sites or site clusters representing outstanding geologic locations in Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.