South Fork Wildlife Area


Saint Francis, KS
GPS: 39.937367 -101.668564

Contact Information

Manager: Blake Klema
Norton Area Office
PO Box 431
Norton, KS 67654

Location: 12.5 miles northeast from St. Francis, KS. From US Hwy 36 and KS. Hwy 27 junction, travel north 5.33 miles and turn East on County Road T.  Continue East 4 miles.  Turn Right and travel .16 miles to River Road.  Turn Left (NE) on River Road and travel 8.5 miles to the wildlife area kiosk and parking area.

A Google Earth Map and image is now available:

South Fork Google Earth Map (kmz file)

South Fork Google Earth Image


The South Fork Wildlife Area is located 12.5 miles northeast of Saint Francis in Cheyenne County. The area is bisected by the Republican River, and has a mixture of grasslands, crop fields and riparian timber. The grasslands are periodically grazed or burned in the spring to increase range health. Food plots are planted and many consist of wheat, corn, milo, sunflower and alfalfa.

White-tailed deer, mule deer and Rio Grande turkeys are transient visitors moving on and off the area throughout the year. Pheasant and quail populations are low, but do provide some hunting opportunity. The river bottom can provide some great waterfowl hunting if there is any water in the river during season.

Special Regulations:
  • Vehicles are restricted to maintained roads and parking areas.
  • No drinking water is available on the areas.
  • Restrooms are not available on the areas.
  • Consult the information signs on the areas for more complete information on the rules and regulations applying to these areas.

DO YOUR PART: 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.