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DNR Fisheries AreasRowan 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.

The Rowan Creek Fishery Area consists of wetlands, shrub vegetation, bottomland and upland forests. The primary water resource is Rowan Creek, which drains a 60 square mile area as it flows through a valley bordered by steep hillsides to Lake Wisconsin, where it joins the Wisconsin River and the Mississippi River System. The upper four miles of Rowan Creek is designated class 1 trout water and the lower eight miles is designated as class 2 trout water.

While the dominant species is brown trout, stream surveys have reported many other native fish such as brook trout, mottled sculpin, white sucker, American brook lamprey (a native, non-parasitic lamprey) brook stickleback, central mudminnow, black bullhead, and fathead minnow. Rowan creek is typically stocked with brown trout and rainbow trout.


Rowan Creek Fishery Area is a 651-acre property located 1 mile east of Poynette on US Hwy 51 and 2 miles west of Poynette on County Hwy CS in Columbia County.


Angling opportunities

Primary angling activities include fly fishing and angling via shore and wading.

Recreational Opportunities

  • Hunting - Deer (DMU 70B), squirrels, grouse, waterfowl, furbearers, turkey (zone 3). Archery ONLY in west half of Sec. 34, no hunting in east half of Sec. 34
  • Trapping
  • Hiking
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Fishing - brown trout, brook trout, rainbow troutt
  • Bird watching
  • Canoeing


Rowan Creek is primarily managed for trout.


For questions and comments contact:

Wildlife Biologist
Department of Natural Resources
W7303 County Highway CS
Poynette WI 53955

Fisheries Biologist
Department of Natural Resources
N7725 Highway 28
Horicon WI 53032

Last revised: Wednesday May 06 2020