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Contact(s): Shelley Warwick, DNR property planner, 608-266-2698 or Paul Holtan, DNR Office of Communications, 608-267-7517
October 24, 2017

HAYWARD, Wis. - The public will have an opportunity at an upcoming town hall meeting to review and comment on a draft master plan for the Totogatic River Wildlife Area.

This meeting will be informal, with informational materials and maps available for viewing. The Totogatic Rover Wildlife Area master plan outlines authorized resource management and facility development options and will act as a blueprint for consistent, long term management of the area. The town hall meeting will be held from 4-7 p.m. Nov. 6 at Hayward High School commons area, 10320 N. Greenwood Lane, Hayward. Department of Natural Resources staff will be in attendance to discuss components of the proposed property management plan.

Existing boat launch upstream of the Wozny Road dam.
Existing boat launch upstream of the Wozny Road dam.
Photo Credit: DNR

Acquisition of the Totogatic Wildlife Area began in 1941 and was completed in 1951, comprising a total of 2,719 acres. This project was funded originally through the Pittman-Robertson Act as a waterfowl restoration area. A 600-foot dike and 70-foot dam were completed in 1953 that flooded approximately 1,000 acres with about 400 acres of open water. Boat landings were built on and near the property to provide public access. Active timber management provides a diverse forest with a focus on quality wildlife habitat. The property is used for canoeing, wildlife viewing, fishing and waterfowl hunting, among other activities.

The draft master plan includes the recommendation to eventually remove the Wozny Road dam primarily due to state funds not being available to replace or repair the structure.

For more information regarding the property and the draft master plan, visit, search keywords "master planning" and select "Totogatic Wildlife Area Master Plan."

A public comment period on the draft plan will run through Nov. 21, 2017.

Last Revised: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

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