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Kinnickinic River Fisheries Area – Potton Tract

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.

Kinnickinic River Fisheries Area – Potton Tract

The KRFA-Potton Tract is a 138-acre property located in southern St. Croix County. The property was purchased in 1995 as a part of the Kinnickinic River Fisheries Area. The property consists exclusively of grassland habitat with the Kinnickinic River, a world class trout stream, bisecting the property. The property is managed as part of the Western Prairie Habitat Restoration Area, a landscape scale wetland and grassland restoration project.

The property is located 7 miles northeast of River Falls. Follow Highway 65 north out of River Falls for 3.5 miles, then turn east on County Road J for 1.5 miles. The property is located on the north side of County Road J. Parking lots are available off of County Road J as well as Cemetery Road.


The property is managed to provide opportunities for public hunting, fishing, trapping, wildlife observation and other nature-based outdoor recreation. Management objectives aim to maintain an open grassland community through prescribed fire, mechanical and chemical control of woody species and limited haying and grazing. Populations of invasive species are controlled or eliminated by cutting, pulling, burning, herbicide treatment and/or biocontrol.


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Last revised: Wednesday May 06 2020