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Buffalo River Fishery Area contains over 1,600 fragmented acres in Jackson and Trempealeau Counties. All properties in Trempealeau County are on a class 2 trout stream. The North Fork Buffalo River in Jackson County is a class 1 trout stream. The remainder of the properties contain emergent wet meadow wetland, lowland shrub wetland and forested wetland, springs/seeps, and cultural sites. All forks contain Exceptional Resource Waters (ERW) and are considered "Areas of Special Natural Resource Interest" (ASNRI).


Jackson County; Cleveland and Garfield Townships; T 24N, R 5W, sections 6, 7, 17, 19, 30; T 24N, R 6W, sections 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 19, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 33.

Trempealeau County; Sumner and Unity Townships; T 24N, R 7W, sections 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 11, 13, 14, 24; T 24N, R 8W, sections 12, 13, 14, 15.


Angling opportunities

Shore and wading for trout.

Recreational opportunities

  • Hunting - bear, deer, small game, turkey
  • Trapping
  • Hiking
  • Snowmobiling trail
  • ATV trail
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Fishing - brook and brown trout
  • Bird watching
  • Biking
  • Berry picking
  • Canoeing


Buffalo River Fishery Area is managed for trout fishing and habitat (instream restoration work), hunting and trapping.

Interim forest management plan (2016) [PDF]


For questions and comments contact:

Fisheries Biologist
Department of Natural Resources
910 Hwy 54 East
Black River Falls, WI 54615

Last revised: Tuesday March 24 2020