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Rice Beds Creek Wildlife Area

Rice Beds Wildlife Area

Rice Beds Creek Wildlife Area is a 3,181-acre property located in Polk County. It consists of rolling oak, aspen, and maple upland forest, lowland forest, stream and ponds. Find it 6 miles northwest of Turtle Lake. To reach the property, travel west of Turtle Lake 5 miles on Highway 8 to Range. Travel north on Highway D 4 miles to the intersection with Highway V. Property can be accessed by traveling one-half mile east on Highway V to a parking lot on the north side of the road. Highway D borders the property on the west and has a parking area. Another way to access the property is, from Turtle Lake, travel north on Highway T for 7 miles to Highway G. Travel west on Highway G for 2 miles. There are 5 parking areas along Highway G on the south side of the road.

Management

Rice Beds Creek Wildlife Area was established in 1951 to acquire and protect deer wintering habitat. Later, the project was expanded for multiple use benefits such as upland game, waterfowl and furbearers. The area is popular with deer and grouse hunters because of favorable habitat created by forest management.

Today, there is an active multiple use forest management program designed to benefit all wildlife but especially deer and ruffed grouse. A well maintained trail system is accessible from the main parking lot on Highway G. Access is by foot traffic only.

Interim Forest Management Plan (1985) [PDF]

Rice Beds Master Plan (1982) [PDF]

Recreation

The Rice Beds Creek Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities.

  • Birding
  • Cross country skiing (no designated trail)
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • 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.

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Last revised: Monday February 20 2017