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Colburn Wildlife Area

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Colburn Wildlife Area

Colburn Wildlife Area is a 4,965 acre property located in north-central Adams county not far from the Waushara County border. It is about 13 miles northeast of Friendship and 22 miles southeast of Wisconsin Rapids. Access points are off county highway C, highway G and Chicago Avenue. The property consists of mainly lowland brush and sedge marsh with areas of aspen and oak forest scattered throughout. Carter Creek passes through the middle of the property.

Management objective

The majority of the wildlife area was purchased in 1947 for its value to forest wildlife. Management on the property has been geared to maintaining the forested oak areas and providing different age classes of Aspen.

Interim Forest Management Plan (2014) [PDF]


The Colburn Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities.

  • Birding
  • Cross country skiing (no designated trail)
  • Hiking (no designated trail)
  • Hunting
  • 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