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DNR Fisheries AreasRocky Run Fishery Area

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 Rocky Run Fishery Area consists of approximately 50 acres of wetland, 400 acres of upland and 285 acres of wooded habitat.

Rocky Run Creek is a long, low gradient stream which originates from Mud Lake in Lowville Township and flows into the Wisconsin River. The broad stream valley is generally bordered by steep valley slopes, which isolate it from surrounding land uses. The stream valley contains a diversity of land types, and plant and animal communities. Rocky Run Fishery Area includes the Rocky Run Oak Savanna State Natural Area.

An eight-mile section of Rocky Run Creek (downstream of Hwy 22 and upstream of the railroad crossing) is classified as trout water. Within this section, the upper six miles is designated as class 2 trout water and the lower two miles is designated as Class 3 trout water. While the dominant species is brown trout, stream surveys have reported many other native fish species such as brook trout, white sucker, blacknose dace, brook stickleback, central mudminnow, black bullhead, creek chub, bluntnose minnow, fantail darter and Johnny darter. The creek also supports stocked populations of rainbow trout. The DNR typically stocks Rocky Run Creek with wild-strain (feral) brown trout and Erwin strain rainbow trout.


Rocky Run Fishery Area is a 737-acre property located in Columbia County. From Rio, take County Hwy B west 6 miles to Dunning Road, then north 1/2 mile to access point. Or, from the intersection of State Highways 16 and 22 south of Wyocena, go south on 22 1.9 miles to the Rocky Run Fishery Area parking area west of the road.


Angling opportunities

Primary angling activities include fly fishing and angling via shore and wading.

Recreational Opportunities

  • Hunting - deer (DMU 70G), turkeys (Zone 3), rabbits, squirrel, waterfowl, furbearers
  • Trapping
  • Hiking
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Fishing - brown trout, brook trout, rainbow trout
  • Bird watching
  • Canoeing


Rocky Run Creek is primarily managed for trout.


For questions and comments contact:

Wildlife Biologist
Department of Natural Resources
W7303 County Highway CS
Poynette WI 53955

Fisheries Biologist
Department of Natural Resources
N7725 Highway 28
Horicon WI 53032

Management Partner:

The Southern Wisconsin Chapter of Trout Unlimited (SWTU) [exit DNR]

Last revised: Wednesday May 06 2020