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DNR Fisheries AreasLittle Wolf River Fishery Area


Little Wolf River in winter
Little Wolf River in Winter
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The Little Wolf River Fishery Area is located in the Forest Transition Ecological Landscape of northeastern Portage and northwestern Waupaca Counties. Major landcover types include 382 acres aspen, 237 acres white cedar, 195 acres hemlock, 308 acres northern hardwoods, 104 acres red pine, 145 acres swamp conifer, 319 acres of swamp hardwoods, 353 acres of grass and herbaceous vegetation, and 129 acres of lowland brush, alder, and willow.

The Little Wolf River Fishery Area includes the Little Wolf River as well as parcels of state lands on Bradley, Comet, Flume, Jackson, and Spaulding Creeks. These lands were purchased to preserve and enhance these streams, the fishery in them, the wildlife habitat on the surrounding uplands, and the natural scenic beauty of the area.

The entire watershed contains numerous Exceptional Resource Waters (ERW) and Outstanding Resource Waters (ORW). The Upper Little Wolf State Natural Area is located in section 2 of the Town of Alban in Portage County. It covers 33 acres and was designated a natural area in 2008. It features the upper part of the Little Wolf River, a clear, hard water trout stream flowing through a northern mesic hardwood forest. The Bradley Creek Swamp Conifer State Natural Area covers 21 acres in section 13 of the Town of Alban in Portage County. It was designated in 2008 as a state natural area and highlights Bradley Creek a clear, hard water trout stream flowing through a stand of balsam fir, white pine and hemlock with a diverse understory. The Flume Creek Cedars State Natural Area is found in section 36 of the Town of Alban and was established as a natural area in 2008. It covers 138 acres of dense white cedar and balsam fir swamp. Flume Creek, a clear trout stream flows through the area. The Little Wolf River State Natural Area is a 161 acre natural area located in section 20 of the Town of Harrison in Waupaca County. The area contains an unaltered stretch of the Little Wolf River in an unfragmented block of northern wet-mesic forest. The natural area was donated to the State of Wisconsin in 2002 by Jerry and Jill Martin. The Jackson Creek Woods State Natural Area is located in section 4 of Harrison Township in Waupaca County. It covers 123 acres and was designated in 2008. It contains northern wet-mesic and northern mesic forest along the banks of Jackson Creek.

Location/Directions

Scattered parcels of the Little Wolf River Fishery Area can be found throughout the Town of Alban in northeast Portage County and the Towns of Harrison and Wyoming in northwest Waupaca County.

Activities

Recreational Opportunities

  • Hunting - white tailed deer, bear, ruffed grouse, woodcock, turkey, waterfowl, squirrel, rabbit, fox, coyote
  • Trapping
  • Hiking
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Fishing
  • Bird watching
  • Pets
  • Berry picking
  • Canoeing

Objective

The Little Wolf River Fishery Area is managed to preserve and enhance these streams, the fishery in them, the wildlife habitat on the surrounding uplands, and the natural scenic beauty of the area.

Interim forest management plan (1985) [PDF]

Photos

  • Little Wolf River Little Wolf River in Wyoming Township
  • Little Wolf River in Winter Little Wolf River in Winter

Contacts/Partners

For questions and comments contact:

Wildlife Biologist
Department of Natural Resources
N2480 Hartman Creek Road
Waupaca WI 54981-9727 715-258-4778

Partners:

The Friends of the Little Wolf Headwaters [exit DNR]
N5967 Murray Rd
Ogdensburg WI 54962
920-244-7456

Last revised: Monday February 20 2017