Slate Creek Wetland

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Slate Creek Wetland Waterfowl Report

Slate Creek Wildlife Area is located approximately 7 miles south and 1.5 miles west of Oxford, Kansas. The area consists of 947 acres, of which; 50 acres are marshes, and the remainder is grassland, creek drainage, and food plots. The entire area lies within the flood plain of Slate Creek. Although the area was purchased for waterfowl use and management, there are excellent populations of pheasants, quail and deer. Doves, rabbits, squirrels and many furbearers are also present. The many nongame species for wildlife on the make it an excellent area for bird watching, photography, and hiking.

A small observation tower is installed on the area.

Hunters must complete a daily hunt permit each day be fore hunting. They are located at the information stations on the area. The information gathered will be used to monitor game harvest and evaluate habitat management practices.

County/Counties:
Area News - Updated: 08/25/2008

Area News

Dove Opportunities:

Here are the areas with the best dove habitat. The numbers are fair at this time.

  • East of the parking lot of Greenwich Rd. and E 70th St.
  • North of the far west parking lot on E 80th St.

A few things to remember is this area is a non-toxic shot only and to complete a daily hunt permit each day before hunting is required. After hunting, fill out the lower portion of the card and place in the permit box. The information gathered will be used to monitor game harvest and evaluate habitat management practices.

General Information
County/Counties:

Slate Creek Wetland WA (PDF 299.82 kB)

Manage: Kurt Grimm,

Phone: (620) 876-5730


Special Regulations
  • No trash policy, please take your trash with you.
  • Vehicles must stay on maintained roads.
  • No fireworks are allowed.
  • No camping.
  • A special permit is required for hunting. Permits are free and available at designated parking areas. Hunters need complete the free daily hunt permit before hunting the area.
  • Tree stands or blinds must be of a temporary (portable) nature or built of natural vegetation available at the site. Stands may be placed not more than 14 days prior to the season to be hunted and must be removed within 14 days of the close of that season.

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

History

The original purchase was in 1989, and several tracts have been purchased since then. Slate Creek was one of the 12 marsh areas that were given to the State of Kansas by the United States Congress upon statehood. These marshes were intended to start salt production in the state; however the state sold these areas to private interests soon after statehood and used the money to fund what is now Emporia State University. Slate Creek Wetlands was purchased jointly funded by Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks and Ducks Unlimited.

Slate Creek Facilities
Parking/ Information Board/ Permit Ranger
  • Type of Facility: Parking
  • Location of Facility: N37 11.273 W97 11.797
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Parking/ Information Board/ Observation Tower/ Permit Ranger
  • Type of Facility: Parking
  • Location of Facility: N37 11.281 W97 12.217
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Parking/ Information Board/Permit Ranger
  • Type of Facility: Parking
  • Location of Facility: N37 10.433 W97 12.628
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Parking/ Information Board/ Permit Ranger
  • Type of Facility: Parking
  • Location of Facility: N37 10.207 W97 12.169
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Parking/ Information Board/ Permit Ranger
  • Type of Facility: Parking
  • Location of Facility: N37 10.466 W97 11.785
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Slate Creek Wetland Waterfowl Report - 01/22/2015
Waterfowl
numbers
There are approximately 125 waterfowl using the area.  Mostly mallards and a few pintails.
Mallard
 Migration
 Rank

 Current rank:10

 This rank is subjective and ranges from 0 (no mallards) to 10 (peak numbers)

Water
 level
Good.  All pools have water in them.
Hunting conditions Good
Expected hunting success Fair/Good
Comments

SCWL is transitioning to a new daily permit system called Isportsman.  Hunters will need to register prior to hunting at SCWL.  Hunters will login (or call) each day prior to hunting to get a daily permit, and report back harvest similar to the paper daily permits.  Please visit https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/ to register prior to hunting season.

TEAL, LOW PLAINS ZONE

  • Season: Sept. 13-28, 2014
  • Area open:East of Hwy. U. S. 283
  • Daily bag limit:6
  • Possession limit:18
  • Stamps Required:Kansas HIP Stamp, State Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Waterfowl Stamp

DUCKS, LOW PLAINS LATE ZONE

  • Season:Nov. 1, 2014-Jan. 4, 2015 AND Jan. 17-25, 2015
  • Area open:Late Zone (see map)
  • Daily bag limit:6
  • Possession limit:Three times the daily limit

Also, all shotgun hunters at Slate Creek Wetlands are required to use non-toxic shot for all hunting. This includes upland birds.

 Keep in mind, during and after rain events, area roads become very greasy. Please use caution and good judgment before entering these roadways.

Please report all wildlife and public lands violations that you witness by calling the area headquarters at (620)-876-5730. Please leave a detailed message with violation specifics.