St. Francis Wildlife Area

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The St. Francis Wildlife Area is located three miles west and two south of St. Francis. The area is bisected by the Republican River, and is a mixture of grasslands, crop fields and riparian timber. The grasslands are occasionally grazed or burned in the spring to increase range health. Food plots are planted and many consist of wheat, corn, milo, sunflower and alfalfa.

 WILDLIFE
 White-tailed deer, Mule deer and Rio Grande turkeys are transient visitors moving on and off the area throughout the year. Spring turkey hunting has been known to produce some exciting action! Pheasant and quail populations are low, but do provide some hunting opportunity. During the spring and fall, however, a small number of ducks use the Republican River and the St. Francis Wildlife Area ponds as a resting area.
 

 FISHING
 Two sandpits are located on the St. Francis Wildlife Area, one on each side of the river. These pits are stocked with channel catfish, largemouth bass and bluegill. Quality fishing opportunities are limited due to the pressure these ponds receive. The North Pit is open to walk-in fishing only, while the South pit provides easy vehicle access to the shoreline.
 

 Manager: Blake Klema

Located 3 miles West and 2 miles South from St. Francis, KS.  One mile West of St. Francis on US Hwy 36, turn south on River Road.  River Road (blacktop) curves SouthWest after approximately .5 miles.  Continue on River Road 2.75 miles and turn north on County Rd. 11.  Continue North .5 miles to the parking area. 

A Google Earth Map and image are now available:

St. Francis Google Earth Map (kmz file)

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Area News - Updated: 08/27/2008

St. Francis Wildlife Area News

Fall Hunting Forecast

Turkey and Deer will provide the best hunting opportunities this fall. Several turkey nests and broods were observed throughout the summer. Turkeys are very susceptible to hunting pressure and disturbance, and can easily be pushed off a small area like St. Francis. Early season hunting should provide the best chances for success.

Early muzzle loader and archery seasons will provide the best opportunities for deer. Don’t forget the Youth deer season (Sept. 13-21). This is an excellent opportunity to introduce a young person to the sport.

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 Manager: Blake Klema

Located 3 miles West and 2 miles South from St. Francis, KS.  One mile West of St. Francis on US Hwy 36, turn south on River Road.  River Road (blacktop) curves SouthWest after approximately .5 miles.  Continue on River Road 2.75 miles and turn north on County Rd. 11.  Continue North .5 miles to the parking area. 

A Google Earth Map and image are now available:

St. Francis Google Earth Map (kmz file)

St. Francis Google Earth Image


Special Regulations
  •  Vehicles are restricted to maintained roads and parking areas.
  •  People using the areas must take their own trash out with them.
  •  No drinking water is available on the areas.
  •  Restrooms are not available on the areas.
  •  Consult the annual hunting, fishing and furharvesting regulations for more complete rules and regulations that apply to Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism areas.
  •  Wildlife Areas are a necessary and vital natural resource for maintaining successful wildlife populations and to provide a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities. Litter inhibits the recreation experience for others, so please take all trash with you when you leave.

Here is a complete list of Public Land Regulations or you can download the regulation summary.

St. Francis Facilities
South Information Center
  • Type of Facility: Information Center
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: 39.734938 -101.862200
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    Informational Kiosk with area information, regulations, and map.

    Located on the South side of the river.


North Information Center
  • Type of Facility: Information Center
  • This facility is ADA accessible
  • Location of Facility: 39.742016 -101.880430
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    Informational Kiosk with area information, regulations, and map.

    Located on the North side of the river


South Sandpit Parking Area
  • Type of Facility: Parking Area
  • Location of Facility: 39.740092 -101.862117

Entrance Parking Area
  • Type of Facility: Parking Area
  • Location of Facility: 39.734938 -101.862200