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Mecan SpringsThe Mecan River Fishery Area contains some of the finest trout streams in central Wisconsin. Most of the water is class 1 brown and rainbow trout streams which receive heavy public fishing use. The waters are generally crystal-clear and support excellent natural trout reproduction through 31.1 miles of the total 48.7 miles of stream length. Chaffee and Wedde Creeks and the Mecan River are three of only a few streams in the entire state that have naturally reproducing rainbow trout populations.

All of the properties within the Mecan River Fishery Area are located in southwest Waushara County and northwest Marquette County. The headwaters of all 4 streams originate in Waushara County and flow south or southeast. Wedde Creek is a tributary to Chaffee Creek, while Chaffee and Little Pine Creeks are direct tributaries to the Mecan River. The Mecan River System is a major tributary of the Fox River watershed in the Lake Michigan drainage.

The vegetative cover of the uplands is rich with diversity from lowland brush and woodlands to upland forests and grasslands. Additionally, many old agricultural fields have been abandoned and are reverting to natural vegetation; others have planted into pine plantations, converted into native prairies, or continued to be farmed in share-crop agreements. This unique mix of woods, water and fields provides prime habitat for a variety of game and non-game species as well offering a pleasant satisfaction to all who visit this natural and beautiful area.

Portions of the Wisconsin Ice Age Trail traverse through the fishery area with the occasional loop providing a structured and safe trail, allowing the casual hiker enjoy what the area has to offer. Recreational opportunities are a year round occurrence and seemingly endless, from fishing and hunting to canoeing and snowshoeing. There exists numerous parking areas scattered about the entire stretch of the property providing ample access points.

There are 36 parking lots located along the Mecan River System. Most of these are small areas designed to accommodate 10 cars or less.


The Mecan River Fishery Area is located in central Wisconsin about 35 miles southeast of Stevens Point.


Angling opportunities

brown and rainbow trout

Recreational Opportunities

  • Hunting - deer, turkey & small game
  • Trapping
  • Hiking
  • Snowmobiling trail (designated areas only)
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Bird watching
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Fishing - brown and rainbow trout
  • Berry and Mushroom Picking
  • Canoeing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Conservation Education


The Mecan River Fishery Area is managed to preserve and enhance the Mecan River in Marquette and Waushara Counties for trout fishing and other recreational and educational activities that are consistent with maintaining an aesthetically pleasing area.

Mecan River Fishery Area master plan (1985) [PDF]


  • canoeing Mecan River canoeing Mecan River
  • Mecan Springs Mecan Springs. Photo by Benjamin Mott
  • Mecan Springs Mecan Springs. Photo by Benjamin Mott


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Last revised: Tuesday March 24 2020