Slate Creek Wetland


Oxford, KS 67119
GPS: N37 10.466 W97 11.785

Contact Information

Manage: Kurt Grimm,

Phone: (620) 876-5730


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 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.

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.