Slate Creek Wetland
One of the marshes at Slate Creek
- All photos by Jim Mason

Slate Creek is only for the strong-willed! This wetland cannot be entered by automobile road, and visitors should be prepared for some hiking. The property provides an interesting mix of habitats - woodland, cropland, and native prairie, as well as the wetlands.

The flat terrain makes the shallow pools and mudflats difficult to see from the parking areas.  During dry periods, much of the area may be completely dry. The area is the permanent home of white-tailed deer, coyotes, raccoons, and muskrats.

Slate Creek observation tower
An observation tower is located
near parking area #3.

The best time for birding is probably in spring and fall when the waterfowl and shorebirds are migrating. Large numbers of white-rumped and Baird's sandpipers visit in spring. Wilson's phalaropes, greater and lesser yellowlegs, long-billed dowitchers, and killdeers are also found. Most of the puddle ducks found in Kansas feed here, and great blue herons commonly feed in the shallows. LeConte's sparrows occur regularly.

Slate Creek upland

A sizeable upland prairie is in the southwest part of the area.   Park at lot #2 for access to this habitat and a panoramic view of the valley.   Be looking here for dickcissels, eastern kingbirds and grasshopper sparrows.

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Slate Creek Wetland map

Directions: From U.S. 160 in Oxford (30 miles south of Wichita), go 7 miles south on Summer Street. Turn west on 80th Street at the Slate Valley Baptist Church, and travel another 1.6 miles to a parking area on the north side of the road (#1 on the map). Some of the wetland area lies northwest of this parking lot. The three other parking areas can be reached by driving the perimeter of the property.

Location in Kansas

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Ownership: The entity responsible for management of Slate Creek Wetland is the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism.  Contact them at (316) 683-8069 if you have specific questions about use or management of the site.
You may download the KDWPT brochure for Slate Creek Wetlands from their web site.

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