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Prairie River Fishery Area
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Prairie River Fishery Area contains 1840 acres in Langlade and Lincoln Counties. The Prairie River is a cold water resource having slightly acidic, clear water, and parts of it are classified as Exceptional Resource Waters (ERW). The fish population includes brook trout, brown trout, white sucker, northern pike, bass, and forage fish. The majority of property adjacent to the Prairie River is wooded and wild with the remaining land low density residential, agricultural, and wetlands.


Prairie River Fishery Area is along County Hwy G and J southest of Tomahawk in Langlade and Lincoln Counties.


Angling opportunities

The primary angling activity this property serves is wading and shore fishing for trout.

Recreational Opportunities

  • Hunting - deer, bear, turkey and small game
  • Trapping
  • Hiking
  • Snowmobiling trail
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Fishing
  • Bird watching
  • Pets
  • Auto travel
  • Berry picking
  • Canoeing


Prairie River Fishery Area is managed for trout and wildlife habitat.

Interim forest management plan (2014) [PDF]


For questions and comments contact:

Property Manager
Department of Natural Resources
223 E Steinfest Road
Antigo WI 54409

Fisheries Biologist
Department of Natural Resources
223 E Steinfest Road
Antigo WI 54409


Lincoln County Lakes & Rivers Association
Wisconsin River Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited [exit DNR]
Friends of the Prairie River [exit DNR]

Last revised: Tuesday March 24 2020