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Regulations
Know the regulations to make your fishing more enjoyable.
Places to fish
Wisconsin offers a variety of fishing opportunities. Give them a try!
Get started
Get the basic information you need to get on the water and try your luck.

Here are instructions to fix a tangled reel [PDF].

Contact information
Theresa Stabo
Aquatic resources educator
608-266-2272

Fishing Wisconsin Fishing equipment for loan - contacts

These are listings of tackle loaner site contacts in Wisconsin, arranged by county. To locate the site nearest you or where you plan to fish, scroll down the page to find a county that suits you.

Please return loaner equipment in the condition you would like it to be when you borrow it.

Available equipment

All tackle loaner sites have basic gear to get you started panfishing. The following table shows additional equipment available at some sites. Ask site contacts about specifics. Bait is not provided at any sites.

Key Locations with ...
FF fly fishing equipment
IF ice fishing jig poles
FP educational Fish Packs [PDF]
VM volunteers needed for gear maintenance

Tackle loaner sites by county

Brown County
DNR Northeast Regional Headquarters - FF, IF, FP
Steve Surendonk
2984 Shawano Ave
Green Bay WI 54307
920-662-5459

Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary - VM
Staff
1660 E. Shore Dr
Green Bay WI 54302
920-391-3691
Buffalo County
Merrick State Park - FF, IF
Christina Lake
S2965 State Road 35
Fountain City WI 54629
608-687-4936
Burnett County
Crex Meadows Wildlife Area Visitor Center
Kristina Pupak
102 E. Crex Avenue
Grantsburg WI 54840
715-463-2896
Calumet County
High Cliff State Park - FP, VM
Linda Guelig or
Sarah Chisholm
N7630 State Park Rd
Sherwood WI 54169
920-989-1106 (Linda)
920-989-1106 (Sarah)
Chippewa County
Brunet Island State Park - IF
Mike Rivers
23125 255th St
Cornell WI 54732
715-239-6888

Lake Wissota State Park
Dave Hladilek
18127 County Highway O
Chippewa Falls WI 54729
715-382-4574
Crawford County
DNR Field Station -
Patrick Short or
Keith Weaver
1502 E. Lessard St
Prairie du Chien WI 53821
608-326-8818 (Patrick)
608-326-0428 (Keith)
Please note that we share this building with Department of Corrections (DOC) Probation and Parole, thus the building is not open to the public. For security reasons, the DOC staff requests that people who have business with the DNR make appointments rather than stopping by unannounced.
Dane County
DNR Service Center - FF, IF, VM
Kim Kuber
3911 Fish Hatchery Rd
Madison WI 53711
608-275-3336

Madison Central Office, 4th Floor - FF, VM
No other equipment at this location.
Michael Schmit or
Theresa Stabo
101 South Webster St
Madison WI 53703
608-261-6431 (Mike)
608-266-2272 (Theresa)

Warner Park Community Recreation Center
Jacob Tisue
1625 Northport Drive
Madison WI 53704
608-245-3691
Door County
Peninsula State Park - VM
Kathleen Harris
9462 Shore Rd
Fish Creek WI 54212
920-854-5976

Potawatomi State Park - VM
Lois Hanson
3470 County Highway PD
Sturgeon Bay WI 54235
920-746-2890

Whitefish Dunes State Park - VM
Kristen Hanson
3275 Clark Lake Rd
Sturgeon Bay WI 54235
920-823-2400
Douglas County
Pattison State Park - FP, VM
Jacob Anderson
6294 S State Highway 35
Superior WI 54880
715-399-3111
Mobile: 218-591-4111
Eau Claire County
DNR West Central Regional Headquarters - FP, VM
Jason Meacham or
Matt Simonson or
Joseph Gerbyshak
1300 Clairemont Ave
Eau Claire WI 54702
715-839-3733 (Jason or Matt)
715-839-2877 (Joseph)
Florence County
DNR Service Center/UW-Extension Office - IF, VM
Greg Matzke or
Meg Dallapiazza
5631 Forestry Dr
Florence WI 54121
715-528-4400, ext. 122 (Greg at DNR)
715-528-5490, ext. 114 (Meg at Extension)
Fond du Lac County
Kettle Moraine State Forest, Northern Unit - FF, IF, FP, VM
Jackie Scarfenberg
N1765 County Road G
Campbellsport WI 53010
920-533-8322 (Ice Age Visitor Center)
Green County
Browntown-Cadiz Springs State Recreation Area - FP, IF, VM
John Arthur
N2241 Cadiz Springs Road
Monroe WI 53566
608-523-4427
Iowa County
Governor Dodge State Park - IF, VM
Kathy Gruentzel
4175 State Highway 23 N
Dodgeville WI 53533
608-935-2315
Jackson County
DNR Service Center - FF, IF, VM
Howie Schmidt
910 State Highway 54 East
Black River Falls WI 54615
715-284-1402
Juneau County
Buckhorn State Park - FF, IF, FP, VM
Heather Wolf
W8450 Buckhorn Park Ave
Necedah WI 54646
608-565-2789
Kenosha County
Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Fisheries Unit - FF, IF *
Luke Roffler
26313 Burlington Rd
Kansasville WI 53139
262-822-8164
*Also have fly-tying vices
La Crosse County
DNR Service Center - FP, VM
David Heath or
Troy Clemment
3550 Mormon Coulee Rd
La Crosse WI 54601
608-785-9993 (David)
608-785-9988 (Troy)

Hmong Mutual Assistance Association - VM
Pelli Lee
1815 Ward Ave
La Crosse WI 54601
608-799-2599
Best times to pick up gear are Thursdays and Fridays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
LaFayette County
Yellowstone State Park - FP, IF, VM
John Arthur
8495 Lake Rd
Blanchardville WI 53516
608-523-4427
Langlade County
DNR Service Center - FF, VM
Dave Seibel or
Taylor Curran or
Becca Milligan
223 E. Steinfest Rd
Antigo WI 54409
715-623-4190, ext.3112 (Dave)
715-623-4190, ext.3116 (Taylor)
715-623-4190, ext.3117 (Becca)
Lincoln County
Council Grounds State Park - FF, IF
Dawn Bishop
N1895 Council Grounds Dr
Merrill WI 54452
715-536-8773
Manitowoc County
Point Beach State Forest
Guy Willman or
Erin Dembski or
Jamey Koles
9400 County Highway O
Two Rivers WI 54241
920-794-7480
Marathon County
DNR Service Center
Tom Meronek
5301 Rib Mountain Dr
Wausau WI 54401
715-359-7582
Marinette County
DNR Service Center - FF, FP
Cory Wienandt
101 N. Ogden Rd
Peshtigo WI 54157
715-582-5007
Milwaukee County
Koscuiszko Community Center - VM
Brian Stewart
2201 S. 7th Street
Milwaukee WI 53215
414-645-8440

Urban Ecology Center-Menomonee River Valley - VM
Mike Larson
3700 W. Pierce St
Milwaukee WI 53215
414-964-8505, ext. 126

Urban Ecology Center-Riverside Park - FF, VM
Mike Larson
1500 East Park
Milwaukee WI 53211
414-964-8505, ext. 126

Urban Ecology Center-Washington Park - IF, VM
Mike Larson
1859 N. 40th St
Milwaukee WI 53208
414-964-8505, ext. 126
Oneida County
DNR Service Center - IF, FP
John Kubisiak
107 Sutliff Ave
Rhinelander WI 54501
715-365-8919
Ozaukee County
Harrington Beach State Park - VM
Ken Severn or
Available Staff
531 Highway D
Belgium WI 53004
262-285-3015
Polk County
Interstate State Park - FF, VM
Matthew Densow
State Highway 35
St. Croix Falls WI 54024
715-483-3747 or
Mobile: 715-431-0724
Price County
DNR Service Center - FP
Jeff Scheirer
875 South 4th Ave
Park Falls WI 54552
715-762-1354
Rock County
Rock County Parks - IF,
Dave Hoffman
3715 Newville Rd
Janesville WI 53545
608-757-5473
St. Croix County
DNR Service Center - FP, IF
Barbara Scott
890 Spruce St
Baldwin WI 54002
715-684-2914 ext. 124
Willow River State Park - IF
Aaron Mason
1034 County Hwy A
Hudson WI 54016
715-386-5931
Sauk County
Devil's Lake State Park - IF, VM
Sue Johansen
S5975 Park Rd
Baraboo WI 53913
608-356-8301 ext. 140
Mirror Lake State Park - IF, VM
Becky Green
E10320 Fern Dell Rd
Baraboo WI 53913
608-254-2333
Sawyer County
DNR Service Center - FF, IF
Russ Warwick or
Scott Braden
10220 North State Highway 27 South
Hayward WI 54843
715-634-7428 ext.3508
Sheboygan County
DNR Service Center - FP, VM
Tanya Meives
1155 Pilgrim Rd
Plymouth WI 53073
920-892-8550 ext. 3113
Tanya is often in the field and checks in most Mondays for messages; appointments are recommended to arrange equipment pick-up .

Kohler-Andrae State Park - VM
Carolyn Morgen
1020 Beach Park Ln
Sheboygan WI 53081
920-451-4082
Trempealeau County
Perrot State Park - IF, VM
Lois Larson
W 26247 Sullivan Rd
Trempealeau WI 54661
608-534-6409
Vernon County
Wildcat Mountain State Park - VM
Robert Ramsey
E13660 State Highway 33
Ontario WI 54651
608-337-4775
Vilas County
Northern Highland American Legion State Forest - VM
Kimberly Krawczyk
4125 Highway M
Boulder Junction WI 54512
715-542-2075
Washburn County
DNR Service Center - FP
Kent Bass
Highway 70 W
810 W. Maple St
Spooner WI 54801
715-635-4079
Washington County
Kettle Moraine State Forest-Pike Lake Unit - VM
Robert Wessberg
3544 Kettle Moraine Rd
Hartford WI 53027
262-670-3400
Waukesha County
DNR Fisheries Operations Headquarters - VM
Kyle Olson
S91W39091 State Highway 59
Eagle WI 53119
262-594-6219
Kettle Moraine State Forest - Southern Unit - VM
Amanda Kutka or
Lisa McCabe
S91W39091 State Highway 59
Eagle WI 53119
262-594-6200
Note: In summer, the gear is available daily at the Ottawa Lake Campground. Pick up a paper map at the entrance station; follow it and the brown park signs to the campground.
Waupaca County
Hartman Creek State Park - VM
Sue McElrone
N2480 Hartman Creek Rd
Waupaca WI 54981
715-258-2372
Waushara County
DNR Service Center - FF, IF
Scott Bunde or
Dave Bartz
427 E. Tower Ave
Wautoma WI 54982
920-787-5683 (Scott)
920-787-3016 (Dave)
Winnebago County
DNR Service Center - FF, FP, - VM
Adam Nickel
635 E. County Rd Y, Suite 700
Oshkosh WI 54901
920-424-3059
Wood County
DNR Service Center
Jennifer Bergman
473 Griffith Ave
Wisconsin Rapids WI 54494
715-421-7852
last revised: Tuesday March 28 2017