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COVID-19 Update

On Friday, May 1 and at the direction of Gov. Evers, the department reopened state parks, forests and sites within the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway with special conditions. Four State Natural Areas remain closed: Parfrey's Glen, Pewits Nest, Gibraltar Rock and Dells of the Wisconsin River. All Wildlife Areas and Fisheries Areas are open. For more information, please visit the DNR's COVID-19 information webpage for the full list of conditions, including hours of operation, admission fees and more.

The Big Roche A Cri Creek is a class 1 trout stream, upstream of County Hwy W in Adams County to it's headwaters in Waushara County. This same 6.4 mile section of stream is classed as an Outstanding Resource Water (ORW). The land cover is primarily low lying hardwoods (oak) and jack pine with sandy soils. The area surrounding the fishery property is mainly in agricultural use with potatoes and corn being the predominant crops.


Big Roche A Cri Fishery Area in in northeast Adams County in the Town of Leola on Archer Drive (T 20N, R 7E, sections 25, 26 and 27) and northwest Waushara County


Angling opportunities

Anglers can expect to shore fish in some places or wade fish the entire stream section. Brook trout are the predominant trout species in the creek within the fishery area with a few brown trout. Some fly fishing opportunities are available especially in the areas where habitat improvements were made.

Recreational opportunities

  • Hunting - grouse, woodcock, turkey and deer
  • Trapping
  • Hiking
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Fishing
  • Bird watching
  • Pets


Big Roche A Cri Fishery Area is managed for trout habitat and upland best forest management practices.

Interim forest management plan (1980) [PDF]


For questions and comments contact:

Fisheries Biologist
Department of Natural Resources
473 Griffith Avenue
Wisconsin Rapids WI 54494

Last revised: Wednesday May 06 2020