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Cylon Marsh Wildlife Area

Cylon Marsh Wildlife Area is a 507-acre property located in St. Croix County. Approximately 228 acres are owned by the WDNR with an additional 279 acres protected for public use under perpetual easements. The property consists of sedge meadow with pockets of open water (~168 ac.), grassland (~25 ac.), and lowland and upland hardwood (~30 ac.).

The Cylon Marsh Wildlife Area was begun in 1968. Originally the Management plan was to place an impoundment which would have maintained 168 acres of permanent water for waterfowl. However, after a feasibility study showed that this could not be done without flooding upland crops, the management for the property transitioned into the next best option. The WDNR instead had one half mile of level ditching done as well as 34 potholes dug out throughout the marsh which provided open water for nesting ducks and furbearers.

Find it from State Highway 46 (Deer Park), go East on County Road H for two and half miles, then head north on 235th street for one half mile, lastly head east again on 235th Ave. which is a dead end road to parking area.


The property is managed to provide opportunities for public hunting, trapping, wildlife observation, and other nature-based outdoor recreation. Other management accomplished on the property consisted of aspen clear cut for regeneration. Without additional acreage being purchased most management consists of periodic maintenance of the current habitat types.


The Cylon Marsh Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities.

  • Birding
  • Cross country skiing (no designated trail)
  • Falconry (by permit)
  • Hiking
  • Hunting - especially noted for whitetail deer, black bear, wild turkey, upland birds, waterfowl and small game
  • Snowshoeing
  • Trapping
  • Wild edibles/gathering
  • Wildlife viewing

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Last revised: Monday February 20 2017