Nemaha Wildlife Area


Seneca, KS
GPS: N39 46 01.4 W96 01 42.4

Contact Information

Phone: (785) 363-7316

Location: 1 mile East of Seneca on US-36, then South 4 miles on Hwy 63


The property was originally obtained by Nemaha County in 1934 to develop a recreational area as a memorial to the Veterans of the Spanish American War and World War 1. A lake was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps and completed in 1939. The lake was turned over to the Kansas Forestry, Fish and Game Commission (now Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism) for management. The lake was lost in 1986 when the spillway collapsed.


In conjunction with Kansas Dept. of Wildlife and Parks (now KDWPT), the Corps of Engineers, Lake Nemaha Improvement Association, Ducks Unlimited and Nemaha County, a $1.2 million dollar project was completed in 2002 to restore a fishery in a portion of the dry lake bed and create a new wetland. The end result was a 125-acre wetlands and an 18-acre fish pond created from a borrow area for construction of the wetland berm.

Special Regulations:
  • Observe the safety zone established near local residences.
  • Off-road vehicle and ATV use, horseback riding and target shooting are prohibited.

Special Features: Native limestone pillars along the dam portion of Highway 63 are on the State Historical Register. A Memorial to the Veterans of World War I is also located on the area. The area has a limestone shelterhouse for picnicking and a roadside campsite.