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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.

Emmons CreekEmmons Creek Fishery Area is a coldwater trout stream and was the former home of the Emmons Creek Coldwater Research Station (removed in 2009). There are many springs in the area, especially near Fountain Lake, which is surrounded by State lands. There is a boat access site on Fountain Lake.

The Ice Age National Scenic Trail runs through Emmons Creek Fishery Area and Hartman Creek State Park is adjacent to the property.


Emmons Creek Fishery Area is located in Portage County. Take State Hwy 54 East to County Hwy D (left), then to Stratton Lake Road.


Angling opportunities

Wade fishing for brown trout.

Recreational Opportunities

  • Hunting
  • Trapping
  • Hiking
  • Snowmobiling trail
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Fishing - Trout
  • Bird watching
  • Biking
  • Pets
  • Swimming
  • Berry picking
  • Canoeing


Emmons Creek Fishery Area is managed for trout habitat, Karner blue butterfly habitat, and oak savanna restoration.

Interim forest management plan (1982) [PDF]


For questions and comments contact:

Property Manager
Department of Natural Resources
5301 Rib Mountain Drive
Wausau WI 54401

Last revised: Wednesday May 06 2020