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DNR Fisheries AreasWillow Creek Fishery Area (Waushara County)

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.

Willow CreekThe Willow Creek Fishery Area is composed of Willow Creek and three tributaries: Rattlesnake, Thornstead (Bruce), and Cedar Spring Creek. These streams are quality trout waters. The waters are generally crystal clear. There have been numerous stream bank improvement projects throughout the system enhancing the already excellent fishing opportunities. The ownership is 2,172 acres of fragmented parcels stretched along 10 miles of the stream's corridors.

The vegetative cover is rich with diversity with a large portion being lowland brush and swamp hardwoods 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.

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.


Willow Creek Fishery Area consists of several parcels that starts south of Wild Rose and end up north and east of Redgranite in Waushara County.


Recreational Opportunities

  • Hunting - deer, waterfowl, and small game
  • Trapping - muskrat, beaver, otter, and mink
  • Hiking
  • Snowmobiling trail (designated areas only)
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Fishing -brown and brook trout
  • Bird watching
  • Berry and Mushroom Picking
  • Canoeing
  • Snowshoeing


Willow Creek Fishery Area is managed to provide trout fishing opportunities, improve trout habitat, provide hunting and trapping opportunities, and to manage agricultural areas for wildlife habitat.

Willow Creek System Fishery Area master plan (1983) [PDF]


For questions and comments contact:

Wildlife Biologist
Department of Natural Resources
N2480 Hartman Creek Road
Waupaca WI 54981-9727 715-258-4778

Last revised: Wednesday May 06 2020