St. Francis Wildlife Area
Saint Francis, KS
GPS: 39.734938 -101.862200
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.
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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.
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.
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.
- 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.