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The Richard A Hemp Fishery Area is a 1,372 acre property in Portage County. The property consists of trout stream corridor, lowland forest (swamp conifer and bottomland hardwoods), and mixed hardwood forest.


Richard A Hemp Fishery Area starts at Rolling Hills Road (County Hwy Q) north of Nelsonville and continues north to County Hwy Z. Numerous access sites are available.


Angling opportunities

Wade fishing for brown and brook trout.

Recreational Opportunities

  • Hunting
  • Trapping
  • Hiking
  • Snowmobiling trail
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Fishing - brown and brook trout
  • Bird watching
  • Swimming
  • Berry picking
  • Canoeing


Richard A Hemp Fishery Area is managed for in-stream fish and riparian buffer habitat.

Interim forest management plan (1977) [PDF]


For questions and comments contact:

Property Manager
Department of Natural Resources
5301 Rib Mountain Drive
Wausau WI 54401
(715) 359-7582

Last revised: Tuesday March 24 2020