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Chimney Rock Wildlife Area

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Chimney Rock Wildlife Area

Chimney Rock Wildlife Area is a 634-acre property in Trempealeau County. Find it 9 miles north of Independence along CTH Y, 2 miles west of State Highway 93. The property consists of hardwood forest, marsh, grassland, and some farmland.


The first land was purchased in 1959 to protect the wetland habitat that exists on the property. Since the initial purchase the Chimney Rock Wildlife Management Area has grown to 634 acres in size. 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 Chimney Rock Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities.

  • Birding
  • Cross country skiing (no designated trail)
  • Hiking (no designated trail)
  • Hunting - especially noted for rabbits, squirrels, deer, turkey and ruffed grouse
  • 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