Jamestown Wildlife Area
The view above North Dam
All photos on this page by Jim Mason
|This complex wetland is alive with many sights, sounds, and
smells. Dams and dikes on Marsh Creek produced two large, shallow lakes with cattail
marshes, an ideal place for migrating waterfowl and shorebirds. The best viewing seasons
are from mid-February into May and from late August through November.
Bluewing Marshes viewed from the overlook
|The two best viewing sites are at the bridge between the lakes 0.5 miles
west of the information area near the north dam and on the K-148 bridge over Marsh Creek.
For an overview of the entire valley, use the scenic overlook at the north end just
east of the bridge on K-148. The south lake has a road bordering its east shore that
is also an excellent viewing area.
Common ducks include redheads, ring-necked ducks, lesser scaup, mallards, green-winged
teal, American wigeons, northern pintails, northern shovelers, blue-winged teal, ruddy
ducks, common goldeneyes, buffleheads, and common mergansers. Greater white-fronted, snow,
and Canada geese are also common. Other water birds include herons, avocets, terns,
sandpipers, plovers, kingfishers, cormorants, and white pelicans. Look for the domed huts
of the muskrats that thrive among the stands of cattails. With patience, you will
eventually catch a glimpse of these water-loving mammals. Water turtles are plentiful.
|Pit toilets, shallow boat landings.|
Primitive camping only.
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No developed trails.
Click the icon to find a birding list for Republic County.
Click the icon to locate nearby Geocaches
From Concordia (55 miles north of Salina) take U.S. 81 north 8 miles to K-148. Go west
12.5 miles on K-148 to Courtland Road. Drive south 2.5 miles to the information and
restroom area on the east side between the lakes.
For a Google Map of this area,
The entity responsible for management of Jamestown is
Department of Wildlife, Parks &
Tourism. If you have specific
questions about use or management of the site, contact them at (785)
753-4971. 3,939 acres
Click here to visit their website.
You may download the brochure for Jamestown Wildlife
Funded by the
Chickadee Checkoff Program
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