Jamestown (Kansas) Wildlife Area
Jamestown (Kansas) Wildlife Area consist of 3,239 acres (13.11 km2) in Northern Kansas. It is located primarily in Republic County, Kansas and partially in Cloud County, Kansas. Driving directions are 5 miles (8.0 km) North and 2 miles (3.2 km) West of Jamestown, Kansas. The area is commonly called "Jamestown Lake" by local residents.
The Jamestown Wildlife Area is a collection of wetlands and uplands that have been under state management since 1932. The two larger marshes were one of the twelve wetlands sold to provide funding for Emporia State Teachers College.
Historically, the area was considered a "salty”, shallow, marshy area. In dry seasons salt could be found. A large amount of wildlife would coome to the area in the wet season. The areas marshes attracted Native Americans, early settlers and were important to migrating herds of bison, flocks of waterfowl and other wildlife.