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Borst Valley Wildlife Area

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Borst Valley Wildlife Area

Borst Valley Wildlife Area is a 1,343-acre property in Trempealeau County. Find it seven miles northwest of Independence at the intersection of CTH V and CTH VV. The property consists of upland hardwoods, marshland and grassland.


First land purchased in 1968 and officially established as a State Wildlife Management Area in 1979. Since the initial purchase the Borst Valley has grown to 1343 acres. The property has been actively managed through land acquisition, timber harvesting, tree and shrub plantings, grassland plantings, establishment of hunter walking trails and wetland development.

Interim Forest Management Plan (2014) [PDF]


The Borst Valley Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities.

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

Download [PDF] a map of this property.

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