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Elk County Kansas

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Elk County, located in Southeast Kansas, is known for its awesome natural scenery, wildlife, unique attractions, nationally renowned hunting, great schools & family values. Hard working farmers & ranchers contribute to many areas of agribusiness, and the five communities of Elk Falls, Grenola, Howard, Longton and Moline offer a wide variety of attractions. The oldest swinging bridge in Kansas, museums full of past treasures, friendly local businesses and a massive wind energy project owned by Enel Green Power are only the beginning of the adventures to be found here. We are also home to the world class Flint Oak hunting club. Elk is a diverse county that is rich in history, some of which can be read about here.

Since 1875 the county seat has been located in Howard. According to the 2010 U.S. Census the population of Elk County was 2,882. With quality schools, this small rural county is known as a wonderful, safe place to live and raise a family. Take a break from the fast-paced lifestyle. Come see what we have to offer. Wiki-stats about Elk County can be found here. Visit the official Kansas website to find lots of helpful state resources by clicking here.

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County Courthouse

225 E. Washington
Howard, KS. 67349
(620) 374-2490

Hours: Mon -Thu
7:00 AM to 5:30 PM
(Treasurer to 5:00 PM)
Closed Fri., Sat. & Sun


2017 Holiday Schedule

With the exception of EMS & Sheriff services, County offices & departments will be closed on the following dates:

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 15

President's Day

February 19

Memorial Day

May 28

Independence Day

July 4

Labor Day

September 3

Columbus Day

October 8

Veterans Day

November 12


November 21-23


December 25

New Years

January 1, 2019

Rural Fire
Public Notice

Per Kansas State Law, you are required to notify the Elk County Sheriff’s Department at (620) 374-2108 before beginning any controlled burn and again when finished. (K.A.R. 28-19-645, 28-19-646, 28-19-647, 28-19-48)
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Illegal Dumping

Did you know that placing your trash on someone else’s property without permission is littering? The Kansas statute for Criminal Littering, (K.S.A. 21-3722), states:

Criminal littering is intentionally or recklessly depositing or causing to be deposited any object or substance into, upon or about: (1) Any public street, highway, alley, road, right-of-way, park or other public place... (2) Any private property without the consent of the owner or occupant of such property.

Please remember that ILLEGAL DUMPING is a misdemeanor and is punishable by law.