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Amberg 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.

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Amberg Wildlife Area is a 1,190-acre property located in north-central Marinette County, southwest of the community of Amberg. A vast majority of the property is young dense swamp conifer. Uplands consist mainly of aspen, scrub oak, jack pine and grassy openings.

Find Amberg Wildlife Area from Highway 141 in Amberg. Go west on county Highway V approximately five miles. A series of two rut roads and firebreaks provide access to the property.


The Amberg Wildlife Area lies within the center of an area that, since settlement days, has been classic wildlife habitat in northeastern Wisconsin; a complex of forests grown up from old slashings, burns, abandoned farms and prairies planted to pine. In 1948 the first of the land was purchased by the state with the intent of managing for deer yard habitat. By the late 1950s most of the land acquisition was complete and deer yard management efforts ceased as deer did not yard on the property.

The Amberg Wildlife Area is managed to provide opportunities for public hunting, fishing, trapping and other outdoor recreation while protecting the qualities of the unique native communities and associated species found on the property. The property is managed primarily for forest game species and associated habitat types. It is listed in Wisconsin's wildlife action plan as a Conservation Opportunity Area (COA) for state significant forested wetland blocks. Management is focused to perpetuate old northern wet-mesic forest grading to northern dry-mesic forest. Amberg is also listed as a site for managing pine/oak barrens of global significance [PDF]. A portion of the property is managed with prescribed fire, ground layer enhancement and timber management to maintain pine/oak barrens habitat.


The Amberg Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities.

  • Auto travel
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Cross country skiing (no designated trail)
  • Fishing
  • Hiking (no designated trail)
  • Hunting
  • Snowmobile trail
  • Trapping
  • Wild edibles/gathering
  • Wildlife viewing

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Last revised: Wednesday May 06 2020