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Big Swamp Wildlife Area

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Big Swamp Wildlife Area

Big Swamp Wildlife Area is a 796-acre property in Buffalo County. Find it 5 Miles west of Mondovi south of Highway 10. Currently access is only available from County Highway A on the south side of the property. The property consists of upland hardwoods and marsh.


Acquisition began on the property in 1956 with the goal of protecting winter pheasant cover for pheasants. The Big Swamp WMA has since grown to 796 acres in size. Management on the property is limited as much of the acreage consists of tamarack swamp and lowlands, although there is a mix of upland hardwoods on the property. The property is surrounded by private lands so it is important that users know and respect the property boundaries.

The Lower Chippewa River Properties master plan was completed in 2010 and guides the long term management of this property. Progress toward achieving the goals of the master plan are tracked through annual monitoring reports.


The Big Swamp Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities.

  • Birding
  • Cross country skiing (no designated trail)
  • Hiking (no designated trail)
  • Hunting - especially noted for rabbits, squirrels and deer
  • Trapping
  • Wild edibles/gathering
  • Wildlife viewing

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If you are interested in exploring this property further, you can access an interactive map.

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Last revised: Tuesday March 24 2020