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Keizer Lake Wildlife Area

Keizer Lake Wildlife Area is a 1,352 acre property located in central Burnett County, in the southwest corner of Jackson Township. Hwy T boarders the west side and Hwy A borders the south and part of the east side. Parking areas can be found on the south, north and west sides of the property.

The property has a wide variety of habitat types, including aspen, northern hardwood, white pine, jack pine, wetlands and many old fields. There are six named and several unnamed lakes within the boundary and six miles of trails present.

Management

Keizer Lake Wildlife Area's origin dates back to 1947 when the first purchase was made. The current total acreage was purchased by 1953. These purchases were made due to the quality habitat and heavy hunter use the property experienced even at that time. This is a popular deer, bear, ruffed-grouse and waterfowl hunting area. Fishing is limited to the deeper Big, North and Banach lakes. Eagle and osprey have a long history of nesting on the property.

Today, management consists of timber harvests on the uplands for wildlife habitat benefits and wood products, and the old fields are mainly managed through prescribed burns to maintain warm season grasses and forbs for plant and wildlife diversity. Most trails are gated or bermed to provide quality hunting and hiking experiences.

Recreation

The Keizer Lake Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities.

  • Birding
  • Canoeing
  • Cross country skiing (no designated trail)
  • Fishing
  • Hiking (no designated trail)
  • Hunting
  • Snowmobiling trail (on marked trail only)
  • Trapping
  • Wild edibles/gathering
  • Wildlife viewing

Maps

Download [PDF] a map of this property.

If you are interested in exploring this property further, you can access an interactive map.

Last revised: Monday September 23 2013