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DNR Fisheries AreasBear Creek Fishery Area

Bear CreekBear Creek Fishery Area includes a class 1 trout stream, massive wetlands area, and very little uplands. The wetlands in this area are quite possibly the largest wetland complex associated with a cold water stream in southewest Wisconsin.


Bear Creek Fishery Area starts at the State Hwy 130 Bridge in Richland County (T 9N, R 2E, section 23), and proceeds upstream to headwater springs in Sauk County (T 11N, R 3E, section 29).


Angling opportunities

Shore trout fishing

Recreational Opportunities

The fishing easement areas are basically restricted to fishing and associated activities only; the fee title lands may be used as shown below:

  • Hunting - deer, turkey, small game, & waterfowl
  • Trapping
  • Hiking
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Cross country skiing (not groomed)
  • Fishing - trout fishing with special regulations
  • Bird watching
  • Pets
  • Berry picking


Bear Creek Fishery Area Protect is managed to protect the important heavily used class 1 trout fishery, maintain and improve the cold water environment, provide public access, provide for hunting opportunities, and accommodate other compatible outdoor recreational use.


For questions and comments contact:

Fisheries Biologist
Department of Natural Resources
1500 N Johns Street
Dodgeville WI 53533

Last revised: Monday February 20 2017