Completed plans
establishing goals and objectives for DNR properties.
Plan reports
monitoring goals and objectives.
Feasibility studies
studying new properties.
Public lands
parks, forests, wildlife, fisheries, natural areas, trails, wild rivers and flowages.
Contact information
For information on the Northern Kettle Moraine wildlife, fishery and natural areas master plan, contact:
Ed Jepsen
Dale Katsma
Area Wildlife Supervisor

Property Master PlansNorthern Kettle Moraine region wildlife, fishery and natural areas

The Northern Kettle Moraine region master planning effort includes nine properties totaling about 16,400 acres. These properties lie predominately within Sheboygan, Washington, Fond du Lac and Ozaukee Counties, but portions lie in Dodge, Calumet and Manitowoc Counties. They provide diverse fish and game habitat in many high quality wetlands, grasslands, forests and warm/cold water streams, lakes, and rivers. state natural areas are located on these properties too.

Nichols Creek WA, spring pond

Nichols Creek Wildlife Area, spring pond

Master planning update

We have drafted a master plan and have opened a public comment period until Friday, October 10. We are interested in hearing your thoughts and comments on the master plan recommendations regarding habitat management, recreation opportunities and boundary adjustments.

Your comments will be considered and a response to comments will be provided sometime in late October. Changes will be made as appropriate and the plan forwarded to the Natural Resources Board for approval later in 2014 or early 2015.

We held two open houses during the comment period, one in Plymouth and another in West Bend. Watch the presentation and Q&A from the second open house.

Vision and goals

Vision and goals

Vision: The Northern Kettle Moraine region properties will be managed to provide quality, traditional recreational experiences in lightly developed settings for a large and growing population in SE Wisconsin. These natural communities will be managed for user enjoyment consistent with the purpose and ecological capacity of these properties. The ecological diversity and quality of the rivers, streams, marshes, bogs, grasslands and forests will be maintained, and enhanced as practicable, for future generations. The most effective and sustainable habitat and fish and wildlife management efforts include citizens, private landowners, educational institutions and resource management agencies working together.

  • Goal 1: Protect and enhance the natural communities through sound resource management to conserve biological diversity and associated wildlife, rare plants and animal species.
  • Goal 2: Provide recreational and educational opportunities that are compatible and complementary with the natural environment including hunting, fishing, trapping, wildlife viewing, canoeing, boating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and nature study.
  • Goal 3: Develop programs and facilities that will enhance the natural and cultural resources and promote the sustainable use and enjoyment of these properties.
  • Goal 4: Protect and enhance aquatic resources on these properties to maintain sustainable game fisheries with an emphasis on coldwater stream habitat to promote the natural reproduction of trout species.
  • Goal 5: Protect, manage and enhance habitat on these properties to maintain their importance as migratory stopover areas.
  • Goal 6: Protect and manage the natural communities and the natural features of Cedarburg Bog SNA that contribute to its status as a National Natural Landmark.

Planning documents

Planning documents

We've posted the draft Master Plan and maps. See the maps under the "maps" tab.

The draft master is also available for public review during public hours at the Plymouth office 1155 Pilgrim Road in Plymouth and at the Natural Resources Building (Facilities and Lands Program (6th Floor) at 101 S. Webster Street in Madison.

A copy of the draft master plan will also be provided to the following public libraries:

  • Campbellsport Public Library
  • Cedarburg Public Library
  • Kiel Public Library
  • Mayville Public Library
  • Plymouth Public Library
  • Port Washington - W.J. Niederkorn Library
  • Sheboygan - Mead Public Library
  • West Bend Community Memorial Library



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. Please send comments or questions to:

Ed Jepsen, Planner
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
PO Box 7921
Madison WI 53707-7921

Dale Katsma, Area Wildlife Supervisor
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
1155 Pilgrim Road
Plymouth WI 53073

Last revised: Thursday October 09 2014