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Contact information
For information on the Totogatic Wildlife Area, contact:
Shelley Warwick,
planner
608-266-2698

Property Master PlansTotogatic River Wildlife Area

The Totogatic River Wildlife Area is a 2,719-acre property located in northwest Sawyer County and northeast Washburn County. The Totogatic River Wildlife Area was purchased as a waterfowl restoration area. The Wozny Road dam was built in the 1950s and has been historically managed for wildlife recreational activities and for wildlife habitat. A master plan is currently being prepared for this property.

kayaker on Totogatic Flowage

Kayaker on Totogatic Flowage.

Since 2014, the Totogatic Flowage has been drawn down approximately one foot to alleviate pressure on the Wozny Road dam, which is currently in deteriorating condition. The current height of this spillway is approximately 4.5 feet. Additional drawdowns will be considered as needed for safety and ecological purposes.

Planning Updates

A draft master plan is available for public review and comment from October 23 through November 21, 2017. A copy of the master plan can be found below under the “planning documents” tab. Comments can be submitted online through November 21 through the online survey form.

An open house style public meeting on the draft master plan will be held Monday, November 6 from 4-7 p.m. at the Hayward High School commons area. Staff from wildlife, fisheries, forestry and planning will be available to answer questions at the open house.



Planning documents

Master plan

Other documents

Maps

Draft master plan maps November 2017 [PDF]

Vision and goals

Vision statement

The Totogatic wildlife area will provide high-quality habitats for diverse wildlife and fish species and high-quality outdoor, nature-based recreational opportunities in lightly developed settings for current and future users. These opportunities will be provided within a matrix of wetland and upland communities, including emergent marshes, rivers and streams, and and upland hardwood forests. Natural communities will be managed sustainably for ecological benefit and user enjoyment in a manner consistent with their statutory designations and ecological capabilities. Management of these properties will be directed at maintaining the ecological integrity of the diverse ecosystems.

Goal statement

We will accomplish this vision by working toward 5 major goals:

  1. Provide recreational opportunities for hunting, fishing, trapping, paddling, bird watching, wildlife viewing, nature study or enjoyment, and other compatible nature-based outdoor pursuits, including motorized and non-motorized recreation.
  2. Promote quality habitat for game and non-game species.
  3. Maintain and enhance connectivity between terrestrial and aquatic communities and habitats.
  4. Ensure quality angling opportunities exist on the property.
  5. Maintain and enhance, where possible, wild rice habitat on the property.
Contact

Your comments are important so please consider coming to meetings, mailing in comments or calling us. We welcome your feedback on the property management goals and master planning issues throughout the process.

For questions or to send written and email comments:

Shelley Warwick, planner
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
101 S Webster St.
Madison WI 53703
608-266-2698

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Last revised: Wednesday October 25 2017