Wisconsin public hunting land and wildlife areas
Public hunting grounds
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Info includes size, location, principal wildlife, and habitat.
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Dane
 
Lodi Marsh Wildlife Area-Size: 1,207 acres, (1,070 owned, 137 leased).
Location: 2 miles southwest of Lodi on Hwy. Y.
Principal Wildlife: Pheasants, ducks, woodcock, furbearers, deer, squirrels, turkeys.
Other Recreation: Hiking, berry picking, birdwatching.
Habitat: Grassland, marsh, stream, woodlots.
Contact: Poynette DNR.
 
 
Mazomanie Unit- Lower WI State Riverway-Size: 4,261 acres, (3,518 owned, 743 leased).
Location: Two miles north of Mazomanie on Hwy.Y.
Principal Wildlife: Pheasants, waterfowl, woodcock, turkeys, furbearers, deer, squirrels, grouse, bald eagles, raptors.
Other Recreation: Dog training grounds and Class I field trial grounds, fishing, canoeing, birdwatching, berry picking, hiking.
Habitat: Marsh, potholes, forest, lake, river, stream.
Contact: Tower Hill State Park.
 
 
Black Hawk Unit- Lower WI State Riverway-Size: 800 acres, all state owned.
Location: Hwy. 78, 6 miles north of Mazomanie, or 3 miles south of Sauk City on Hwy. 78.
Principal Wildlife: Deer, turkeys, squirrels, rabbits, song birds.
Other Recreation: Hiking, cross country skiing, birdwatching, historical site.
Habitat: Upland hardwoods, abandoned fields, prairie, savanna.
Contact: Tower Hill State Park.
 
 
Waunakee Marsh Wildlife Area-Size: 447 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 2 miles west of Waunakee on Hwy. 19.
Principal Wildlife: Pheasants, waterfowl, rabbits, furbearers, songbirds.
Other Recreation: Birdwatching.
Habitat: Cattail marsh.
Contact: South Central Region Headquarters
 
 
 
Cherokee Marsh Fishery Area-Size: 948 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 3 miles north of Madison.
Principal Wildlife: Pheasants, ducks, deer, rabbits, furbearers.
Other Recreation: Fishing, canoeing.
Habitat: Cattail, wooded wetlands, open water, river, scattered woodlots.
Contact: South Central Region Headquarters.
 
 
Deansville Wildlife Area-Size: 1,927 acres, (1,687 owned, 240 leased).
Location: 5 miles northeast of Sun Prairie off of Greenway Road.
Principal Wildlife: Pheasants, deer, ducks, furbearers, woodcock, songbirds.
Other Recreation: Class I field trial and dog training grounds.
Habitat: Marsh, woodland, creek, grasslands.
Contact: Lake Mills DNR.
 
 
Goose Lake Wildlife Area-Size: 2,277 acres, (2,103 owned, 174 leased).
Location: From Deerfield, go north on Hwy. 73, 2 miles to Hwy. BB, then east on BB 1 mile.
Principal Wildlife: Pheasants, squirrels, rabbits, turkeys, waterfowl, deer, furbearers, songbirds.
Other Recreation: Birdwatching, fishing, hiking.
Habitat: Bog lake, semi-bog lake, grassland, oak knobs, marsh, forest, cropland.
Contact: South Central Region Headquarters
 
 
Lower Waubesa Wetland Natural Area-Size: 299 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 4 miles south of Monona, in town of Dunn, sections 7 and 18 east of Lalor Road.
Principal Wildlife: Deer, pheasants, waterfowl, songbirds, sandhill cranes.
Other Recreation: Plant study, hiking, birdwatching.
Habitat: Marsh, woodlot, grassland, prairie restoration.
Contact: South Central Region Headquarters.
 
Hook Lake Wildlife and Natural Area-Size: 552 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 2 miles east of Oregon on Rutland- Dunn Road.
Principal Wildlife: Deer, turkeys, pheasants, Hungarian partridge, songbirds, geese, cranes.
Other Recreation: Hiking, birdwatching, nature study.
Habitat: Bog lake, restored oak savannah, restored prairie, cropland.
Contact: South Central Region Headquarters.
 
 
Brooklyn Wildlife Area-Size: 3,938 acres, (2,118 owned, 1,820 leased).
Location: 2 miles east of Belleville on Hwy. D.
Principal Wildlife: Pheasants, ducks, quail, rabbits, woodcock, deer, turkeys, furbearers, Hungarian partridges, songbirds, sandhill cranes.
Other Recreation: Part of Ice Age trail goes through property. Hiking, trout fishing, birdwatching, cross-country skiing.
Habitat: Cropland, scattered woodlots, grassland, marsh.
Contact: Janesville DNR.
 
 
Badfish Creek Wildlife Area-Size: 1,929 acres, (1,127 owned, 802 leased).
Location: Take Hwy. 138 south of Stoughton 5 miles to Old Stage Road, then west on Old Stage 1 mile.
Principal Wildlife: Pheasants, ducks, deer, rabbits, furbearers, sandhill cranes.
Other Recreation: Hiking, birdwatching.
Habitat: Scattered oak woodlots, creek, marsh, grassland.
Contact: South Central Region Headquarters.
 
 
Dodge
 
 
Westford Public Hunting Grounds-Size: 682 acres, all state-owned.
Location: From Beaver Dam, take Hwy. G north to Hwy. CC, then west on Hwy. CC 2 miles. Turn right on road immediately before railroad tracks.
Principal Wildlife: Pheasants, waterfowl, squirrels, deer, rabbits, furbearers, sandhill cranes.
Other Recreation: Birdwatching.
Habitat: Marsh, lake.
Contact: Horicon DNR.
 
 
Shaw Marsh Wildlife Area-Size: 903 acres, all state-owned.
Location: Take Hwy. G south 2.5 miles from Beaver Dam to Leipsig, then east 2 1/2 miles on Hwy. S.
Principal Wildlife: Pheasants, waterfowl, deer, rabbits, furbearers, sandhill cranes.
Other Recreation: Birdwatching.
Habitat: Marsh.
Contact: Horicon DNR.
 
 
Sinnissippi Public Hunting Grounds-Size: 344 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 2 miles south from Horicon on Hwy. E to Hwy. S, south on Horseshoe Rd. 1 mile.
Principal Wildlife: Waterfowl, pheasants, deer.
Other Recreation: Birdwatching.
Habitat: Grassland, marsh, lake.
Contact: Horicon DNR.
 
 
Mud Lake Wildlife Area-Size: 4,533 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 2 miles west of Richwood on Hwy. Q.
Principal Wildlife: Pheasants, waterfowl, rabbits, turkeys, deer, furbearers, squirrels, sandhill cranes.
Other Recreation: Birdwatching, berry picking, fishing, canoeing.
Habitat: Lake, river, marsh, farmland.
Contact: Horicon DNR.
 
 
Theresa Marsh Wildlife Area-Size: 5,499 acres, (5,263 owned, 236 leased).
Location: 30 miles north of Milwaukee on U.S. Hwy 41. Access on Hwys. D and 28. Refuges closed Sept. 1 - Dec. 31.
Principal Wildlife: Ducks, geese, deer, pheasants, rabbits, squirrels, great egrets, raptors, shorebirds, common terns.
Other Recreation: Wildlife viewing (especially along Hwy. 28 and marsh overlooks on Mowhawk Rd.), fishing, trapping, snowmobiling (only on designated trails) and hiking.
Habitat: Marsh, flowage, stream, lowland forest.
Contact: Pike Lake State Park.
 
 
Fox Lake Fishery Area-Size: 464 acres, all state-owned.
Location: From Fox Lake, go west 2 miles to Hwy. A, then north on Hwy. A about 2 miles.
Principal Wildlife: Waterfowl, furbearers, great blue herons, great egrets, black terns, sandhill cranes.
Other Recreation: Fishing, no boat launch available on state property.
Habitat: Marsh, lake.
Contact: Horicon DNR.
 
 
Horicon Marsh Wildlife Area-Size: 11,009 acres, all state-owned.
Location: North of city of Horicon.
Principal Wildlife: Waterfowl, pheasants, furbearers, rabbits, deer, great egrets, great blue herons, cormorants, sandhill cranes, and many songbirds.
Other Recreation: Fishing, hiking, birdwatching, photography, canoeing. 1 1/2 miles of marked hiking trails. Four primitive boat landings available.
Habitat: Cattail marsh, upland forest, farmland.
Contact: Horicon DNR.
 
 
Jefferson
 
Waterloo Wildlife Area-Size: 6,179 acres, (3,757 owned, 2,422 leased).
Location: 1 mile east of Waterloo on Hwy. 19.
Principal Wildlife: Pheasants, rabbits, furbearers, squirrels, ducks, deer, turkeys, sandhill cranes.
Other Recreation: Snowmobile trail, hiking, birdwatching.
Habitat: Marsh, potholes, forest, farmland, river.
Contact: Lake Mills DNR.
 
 
Lake Mills Wildlife Area-Size: 1,199 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 1 mile southwest of Lake Mills on Hwy. A.
Principal Wildlife: Waterfowl, pheasants, furbearers, deer, squirrels, rabbits, turkeys, cranes, grassland and woodland songbirds.
Other Recreation: Birdwatching, fishing, hiking.
Habitat: Open water marsh, oak savannah, woodlots, shrub-carr wetland, grassland.
Contact: Lake Mills DNR.
 
 
Arkin Marsh Public Hunting Grounds-Size: 190 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 4 miles north of Johnson Creek on Hwy. Y.
Principal Wildlife: Pheasants, waterfowl, deer, furbearers, grassland songbirds.
Other Recreation: Hiking, birdwatching.
Habitat: Open water marsh, grassland, bottomland hardwoods.
Contact: Lake Mills DNR.
 
 
Jefferson Marsh Public Hunting Ground-Size: 1,365 acres, (320 owned, 1,045 leased).
Location: 1 mile east of Jefferson on Hwy. 18.
Principal Wildlife: Pheasants, rabbits, ducks, deer, furbearers, grassland songbirds and sandhill cranes.
Other Recreation: Birdwatching, snowmobiling on trail.
Habitat: Grassland, and shrub-carr marsh.
Contact: Lake Mills DNR.
 
 
Rome Pond Wildlife Area-Size: 2,245 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 2 mile east of Rome on Hwy. F.
Principal Wildlife: Waterfowl, pheasants, turkeys, deer, squirrels, rabbits, furbearers.
Other Recreation: Hiking, birdwatching, snowmobile trail, cross-country skiing. 1 boat landing.
Habitat: Open water marsh, oak islands, grasslands.
Contact: Lake Mills DNR.
 
 
Lake Koshkonong Marsh Wildlife Area-Size: 884 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 2 miles southwest of Fort Atkinson on Hwy. 26 to Old 26, then 1 mile on Old 26 to Koshkonong Mounds Road, then west 1/2 mile.
Principal Wildlife: Waterfowl, deer, turkeys, pheasants, grassland songbirds and sandhill cranes.
Other Recreation: Snowmobile trail, skiing, 2 boat landings near property boundaries.
Habitat: Open water marsh, lake, scattered woods, grassland.
Contact: Lake Mills DNR.
 
 
Prince's Point Wildlife Area-Size: 1,527 acres, (1,507 owned, 20 leased).
Location: Take Hwy. 59 north from Whitewater to Hwy. D, continue north on Hwy. D 3 miles. 5 parking lots.
Principal Wildlife: Pheasants, waterfowl, deer, furbearers, grassland birds.
Other Recreation: Fishing, hiking, birdwatching, wildflowers.
Habitat: Open water marsh, scattered woodlots, bottomland hardwoods, grasslands.
Contact: Lake Mills DNR.
 
 
Kenosha
 
Bong State Recreation Area-Size: 4,515 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 7 miles southeast of Burlington on Hwy. 142, or 8 miles west of I-94 on Hwy. 142.
Principal Wildlife: Pheasants, waterfowl, furbearers, rabbits, squirrels, grassland birds: bobolinks, eastern meadowlarks, savanna sparrows, grassland sparrows; great blue herons, green-backed herons, great egrets, blanding's turtles.
Other Recreation: Dog training\trial grounds, hiking\cross-country ski trails, hang- gliding, ATV and dirt bike trails, snowmobiling, hot air ballooning, horseback riding trails, swimming, boating, camping.
Habitat: Farmland, potholes, forest, grassland, marsh.
Contact: Bong State Recreation Area.
 
 
New Munster Wildlife Area-Size: 1,199 acres, (1,048 owned, 210 leased).
Location: mile south of New Munster on Hwy. 50 and 1 mile northeast of Twin Lakes on Hwy. KD.
Principal Wildlife: Pheasants, woodcock, furbearers, rabbits, squirrels, waterfowl, deer, sandhill cranes.
Other Recreation: Hiking, birdwatching.
Habitat: Marsh, forest, farmland, flowage.
Contact: Sturtevant Service Center.
 
Racine
 
 
Tichigan Wildlife Area-Size: 1,521 acres, (1,221 owned, 300 leased).
Location: 3 miles northwest of Waterford on Marsh Road. Access off of Marsh Road, Bridge Drive and North Lake Drive Boat launch off of Bridge Drive.
Principal Wildlife: Waterfowl, pheasants, rabbits, furbearers, deer, woodcock, squirrels, sandhill cranes, blanding's turtles, common terns and great egrets.
Other Recreation: Canoeing, boating, birdwatching and fishing.
Habitat: River, marsh, farmland, forest.
Contact: Sturtevant Service Center.
 
 
Honey Creek Wildlife Area-Size: 1,083 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 3 separate parcels: parcel 1) 2 miles north of Burlington on Maple Road; parcel 2) 1 mile southwest of Rochester on Hwy. W; and parcel 3) 3 miles west of Rochester on Hwy. FF and Oak Knoll Road.
Principal Wildlife: Pheasants, rabbits, furbearers, waterfowl, squirrels, deer, woodcock, sandhill cranes, blanding's turtles, common terns, great egrets.
Other Recreation: Canoeing on Long Lake, hiking, birdwatching.
Habitat: Marsh, upland, grass, forest, lowland brush.
Contact: Sturtevant Service Center.
 
 
Karcher Marsh State Natural Area-Size: 283 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 5 miles south of Burlington on Hwy. 83; access on Karcher Road.
Principal Wildlife: Pheasants, rabbits, woodcock, waterfowl, deer.
Other Recreation: Hiking, birdwatching.
Habitat: Marsh, forest, lowland forest, prairie.
Contact: Sturtevant Service Center.
 
 
Rock
 
 
Turtle Creek Wildlife Area-Size: 1,035 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 2 miles west of Delavan along Turtle Creek in 4 segments. Access at seven road crossings or parking areas; three additional parking areas in Rock County.
Principal Wildlife: Waterfowl, pheasants, rabbits, ducks, geese, Hungarian partridges and deer.
Other Recreation: Birdwatching (principally Canada geese), hiking, fishing and canoeing.
Habitat: Stream, marsh, forest, lowland brush.
Contact: Kettle Moraine State Forest- Southern Unit
Storr's Lake Wildlife Area-Size: 935 acres, (783 owned, 152 leased).
Location: 1 mile east of Milton on Storr's Lake Road.
Principal Wildlife: Pheasants, ducks, squirrels, rabbits, furbearers, deer.
Other Recreation: Fishing, boating, cross-country skiing, birdwatching. 1 boat landing.
Habitat: Scattered woodlots, marsh, grasslands, lake, cropland.
Contact: Janesville DNR.
 
 
Lima Marsh Wildlife Area-Size: 3,338 acres, (1,868 owned, 1,470 leased).
Location: 1/2 mile west of Lima Center on Willow Dr.
Principal Wildlife: Pheasants, rabbits, turkeys, squirrel, deer, waterfowl, furbearers, sandhill cranes.
Other Recreation: Cross country skiing, hiking, fishing.
Habitat: Grassland, scattered woodlots, tamarack bog, cattail marsh, cropland.
Contact: Janesville DNR.
 
 
Evansville Wildlife Area-Size: 6,567 acres, (564 owned, 6,003 leased).
Location: 1 mile south of Evansville on Hwy. 213. 12 parking lots.
Principal Wildlife: Pheasants, rabbits, deer, squirrels, quail, songbirds, sandhill cranes.
Other Recreation: Trout fishing, birdwatching.
Habitat: Marsh, woodlots, stream, cropland, grassland.
Contact: Janesville DNR.
 
 
Footville Leased Public Hunting Ground-Size: 6,169 acres, all leased.
Location: 1/2 mile southwest of Footville on Hwy. 11.
Principal Wildlife: Pheasants, rabbits, quail, squirrels, deer, furbearers.
Other Recreation: None.
Habitat: Marsh, woodland, cropland, grassland.
Contact: Janesville DNR.
 
 
Avon Bottoms Wildlife Area-Size: 1,735 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 10 miles west on Hwy. 81 from Beloit, then west on Beloit-Newark Road 3 miles.
Principal Wildlife: Pheasants, rabbits, squirrels, deer, furbearers, waterfowl, turkeys, cranes.
Other Recreation: Birdwatching, canoeing, fishing. 1 boat landing.
Habitat: Bottomland hardwoods, scattered oak woodlots, grassland, river, marsh.
Contact: Janesville DNR.
 
 
Washington
 
 
Theresa Marsh Wildlife Area-Size: 5,499 acres, (5,263 owned, 236 leased).
Location: 30 miles north of Milwaukee on U.S. Hwy 41. Access on Hwys. D and 28. Refuges closed Sept. 1 - Dec. 31.
Principal Wildlife: Ducks, geese, deer, pheasants, rabbits, squirrels, great egrets, raptors, shorebirds, common terns.
Other Recreation: Wildlife viewing (especially along Hwy. 28 and marsh overlooks on Mowhawk Rd.), fishing, trapping, snowmobiling (only on designated trails) and hiking.
Habitat: Marsh, flowage, stream, lowland forest.
Contact: Pike Lake State Park.
 
Allenton Marsh Wildlife Area-Size: 1,299 acres, (1,159 owned, 139 leased).
Location: Allenton Marsh is located 20 miles northwest of Milwaukee on Hwy. 41, 2 miles south of Allenton. Access off Hwy. K on Wildlife Road.
Principal Wildlife: Pheasants, rabbits, ducks, deer.
Other Recreation: Trout fishing, hiking, trapping, wildlife viewing.
Habitat: Farmland, marsh, stream, lowland forest.
Contact: Pike Lake State Park.
 
 
Jackson Marsh Wildlife Area-Size: 2,570 acres, (2,125 owned, 445 leased).
Location: 2 miles northeast of Jackson; access on Hwy. G, Maple Road and Church Road.
Principal Wildlife: Pheasants, deer, rabbits, squirrels, wood ducks.
Other Recreation: Wildlife viewing, nature appreciation, canoeing.
Habitat: Marsh, lowland coniferous.
Contact: Pike Lake State Park.
 
Loew Lake Unit - Kettle Moraine State Forest
-Size: 1,170 acres, all state-owned.
Contact: Pike Lake State Park for permitted use.
 
Waukesha
 
 
Scuppernong Wildlife Area-Size: 1,725 acres, (1,437 owned, 288 leased).
Location: 1 mile northwest of Eagle on Hwy. 67. Access also on Hwy. 59 (1 mile west of Eagle) and on Hwys. N and ZZ.
Principal Wildlife: Pheasants, rabbits, ducks, furbearers, deer, woodcock, sandhill cranes, turkeys.
Other Recreation: Hiking, birdwatching.
Habitat: Marsh, potholes, stream, lowland forest.
Contact: Kettle Moraine State Forest - Southern Unit.
 
 
Vernon Wildlife Area-Size: 4,596 acres, (4,111 owned, 485 leased).
Location: 1/2 mile northeast of Mukwonago. Access off Hwy. 83, Frog Alley Road, Hwy. I, Benson Avenue and Hwy. NN, boat launch off Frog Alley Road.
Principal Wildlife: Pheasants, waterfowl, furbearers, deer, rabbits, woodcock, sandhill cranes.
Other Recreation: Hiking, birdwatching, canoeing, fishing.
Habitat: Marsh, flowages, river, lowland forest.
Contact: Kettle Moraine State Forest - Southern Unit.
 
 
Walworth
 
 
Clover Valley Wildlife Area-Size: 1,432 acres, (531 owned, 901 leased).
Location: 3 miles south of Whitewater on Hwy. 89 and Island Road.
Principal Wildlife: Pheasants, waterfowl, deer, rabbits, woodcock, squirrels, sandhill cranes.
Other Recreation: Birdwatching, hiking.
Habitat: Marsh, forest.
Contact: Kettle Moraine State Forest - Southern Unit.
 
 
Troy Wildlife Area-Size: 1,686 acres, (758 owned, 928 leased).
Location: 3 miles north of Elkhorn. Access on Hwy. A and Hodges and Peck Station roads.
Principal Wildlife: Pheasants, rabbits, squirrels, ducks, deer, furbearers, woodcock.
Other Recreation: Hiking, birdwatching.
Habitat: Marsh, forest, lowland brush, farmland.
Contact: Kettle Moraine State Forest - Southern Unit.
 
 
Beulah Station Wildlife Area-Size: 251 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 3 miles east of East Troy on Hill Valley Road.
Principal Wildlife: Deer and waterfowl.
Other Recreation: Birdwatching and hiking.
Habitat: Marsh, farmland, forest.
Contact: Kettle Moraine State Forest - Southern Unit.
 
 
Turtle Creek Wildlife Area-Size: 1,035 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 2 miles west of Delavan along Turtle Creek in 4 segments. Access at seven road crossings or parking areas; three additional parking areas in Rock County.
Principal Wildlife: Waterfowl, pheasants, rabbits, ducks, geese, Hungarian partridges and deer.
Other Recreation: Birdwatching (principally Canada geese), hiking, fishing and canoeing.
Habitat: Stream, marsh, forest, lowland brush.
Contact: Kettle Moraine State Forest- Southern Unit
 
 
Lyons Wildlife Area-Size: 135 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 2 miles northeast of Lake Geneva on Buckby Road.
Principal Wildlife: Pheasants, rabbits, waterfowl.
Other Recreation: Hiking, birdwatching, canoeing. Habitat: Stream, marsh, forest, farmland, grassland.
Habitat: Stream, marsh, forest, lowland brush.
Contact: Kettle Moraine State Forest- Southern Unit
 
 
Bloomfield Wildlife Area-Size: 1,095 acres, all state-owned.
Location: 2 miles southeast of Lake Geneva on Hwy. 12, 3 separate parcels; access off Bloomfield and Litchfield roads.
Principal Wildlife: Pheasants, rabbits, deer, woodcock, waterfowl.
Other Recreation: Wildlife watching, hiking.
Habitat: Marsh, lowland forest.
Contact: Kettle Moraine State Forest - Southern Unit.