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DNR Fisheries AreasPeterson and Sannes Creek 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.

Peterson and Sannes Creek fishery area lies in the forest transition ecological landscape of eastcentral Portage County and westcentral Waupaca County. Major landscape cover types include farmland, lowland brush/alder, aspen, northern hardwoods, oak, swamp hardwoods and tamarack.

Peterson Creek originates as the outflow from Rollofson Lake in Waupaca County. It flows briefly through Portage County before flowing back into Waupaca County. Many spring seeps add to the cold water flow of the stream in this area. Sannes Creek originates in Portage County. The outflow from Skunk Lake, Grenlie Lake, Marl Lake and other small tributaries and spring seeps add to its flow before it joins Peterson Creek in Waupaca County. Peterson Creek flows into the south branch of the Little Wolf River in Waupaca County. Peterson Creek is dammed at one spot just upstream from county highway V where it forms the Peterson Mill Pond.

A portion of Sannes Creek flows through Skunk and Foster lakes state natural area. Outlets from Skunk Lake and Grenlie Lake in this state natural area help supply water to Sannes Creek.


Peterson and Sannes Creek Fishery Area is located in scattered parcels in Portage and Waupaca counties. T 23N, R 10E, section 12, and T 23N, R 11E, sections 7, 20, 21, 31, & 32.


Recreational Opportunities

  • Hunting - deer, waterfowl, rabbits, fox, coyote, squirrels
  • Trapping
  • Hiking
  • Snowshoeing
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Fishing
  • Bird watching
  • Pets
  • Berry picking


The main goal of the Peterson and Sannes Creek Fishery Area is to provide trout fishing opportunities to the public while preserving trout spawning habitat and protecting and enhancing water quality in this watershed. Wooded areas are managed to produce a sustainable yield of wood fiber products.


For questions and comments contact:

Wildlife Biologist
Department of Natural Resources
N2480 Hartman Creek Road
Waupaca WI 54981

Last revised: Wednesday May 06 2020