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Allenton Marsh Wildlife 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.

Allenton Marsh Wildlife Area

Allenton Marsh Wildlife Area is a 1,160-acre property located in Washington County. Find it forty minutes north of Milwaukee and west of Highway 41. The property is comprised mostly of wooded bottomland surrounded by grassland and crop fields, two 10-acre impoundments, several dozen smaller ponds and other wetlands, fence lines, feeder streams and small woodlots.


Property history

Allenton Marsh was the site of a glacial lake which, through the process of succession, turned into a wooded bottomland producing the area as it exists today. An abundant water supply from the many springs and creeks made this a good habitat area. With the advance of agriculture into the region, the marsh was subjected to timber cutting and cattle grazing. With the development of new agricultural methods, dairy and beef cattle grazing became important, altering the marsh's vegetation complex. Rising costs in fencing material and labor caused a decline in interest in these lands by farmers and eventually provided an opportunity for public ownership and preservation of the area. In 1953, Mr. Walter Brinkman, one of the key landowners on Allenton Creek, offered his property for sale to the state.

Management objective

Pheasants are stocked for hunting twice each week during the first part of the pheasant season and once per week later in the season. Pheasant hunting is prohibited after 2 p.m. beginning the 3rd day of the season through Nov. 3 (except on weekends). Upland fields are managed as nest cover or as cropland to provide wildlife food and cover. These areas, along with numerous man-made potholes, should provide good dove hunting opportunities. Wooded and wetland areas are managed to provide habitat for deer, turkeys, waterfowl and other game and non-game species.

Northern Kettle Moraine Region Wildlife, Fish and Natural Areas Master Plan and Environmental Analysis [PDF]
DNR PUB LF068 2016


The Allenton Marsh Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities.

  • Birding
  • Cross country skiing (no designated trail)
  • Fishing
  • Hiking (no designated trail)
  • Hunting - Archery and firearm hunting are open on the marsh. The main huntable species are pheasants (2 p.m. closure rules apply), deer, turkey and waterfowl, but raccoons, coyotes, woodcock, cottontails, squirrels and other small game can also be found. "Closed Area" boundaries are posted with yellow signs. Hunting and trapping are prohibited in these areas. Walk-through is permitted on state land in a Closed Area provided all bows are unstrung or cased and all firearms are unloaded and cased. Private land (posted with white signs) may be leased each year to provide additional public hunting and fishing opportunities. Other activities such as trapping, vehicle access, damaging trees and dog training are prohibited on leased lands without the landowner's permission. Portable stands may be used but must be completely removed from the property at the close of hunting hours each day.
  • Wheel chair accessible blind [PDF]
  • Trapping
  • Wild edibles/gathering
  • Wildlife viewing

Note: Please do not block access to gates. Target shooting including paint ball guns are not allowed. Stocking or releasing any wild or domestic animals is prohibited. ATVs, Bikes, horses, overnight camping, parking or open fires are not permitted.


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Last revised: Wednesday May 06 2020