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Kimberly Clark Wildlife Area

Kimberly Clark Wildlife Area is a 8,700 acre property located 12 miles west of Phillips in Price County. The property consists of bracken fern grasslands, upland aspen/fir, northern hardwoods and tamarack/black spruce bog.

Find it by taking Hwy W from Phillips to Price Lakes Rd.

Management

This wildlife area dates to 1945 with the purchase of 1,600 acres of land as part of the deer yard program. It was known as the Price Creek deer yard. In 1963 the DNR obtained a gift of 5,240 acres near the deer yard from the Kimberly-Clark Corporation. This is when the property became known as the Kimberly Clark Wildlife Area. Since then supplemental purchases have increased the size to 8,700 acres.

This wildlife area has 3 nesting pairs of osprey and an active eagle nest. Over the past 10 years, osprey chicks from this area have been sent to Iowa to help bolster their osprey population. A small remnant sharptail grouse population lives on the property and surrounding lands. In the early 90s, this wildlife area had the second highest population of sharptail grouse in the state.

Today this property is primarily managed for sharptail grouse, deer, turkey and bear. Prescribed burning is used to maintain about 4,000 acres of early successional habitat for sharptail grouse. Deer, wolves, coyotes, badgers, foxes, sandhill cranes and numerous other species use these open areas regularly. Over 17 miles of firebreaks have been created and several small flowages are maintained for waterfowl and wild rice production. The remaining acreage is managed for wood fiber production.

Recreation

The Kimberly Clark Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities.

  • Auto travel (from November 1st until breakup)
  • Birding
  • Canoeing
  • Cross country skiing (no designated trail)
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Snowshoeing (no designated trail)
  • 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