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Dike 17 Wildlife Area

COVID-19 Update

On Friday, May 1 and at the direction of Gov. Evers, the department reopened state parks, forests and sites within the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway with special conditions. Four State Natural Areas remain closed: Parfrey's Glen, Pewits Nest, Gibraltar Rock and Dells of the Wisconsin River. All Wildlife Areas and Fisheries Areas are open. For more information, please visit the DNR's COVID-19 information webpage for the full list of conditions, including hours of operation, admission fees and more.

Dike 17 Wildlife Area

Dike 17 Wildlife Area is a 3,100-acre property located within the Black River State Forest, it can be accessed by taking Highway 54 east and turning south either on Wildcat Road and then east on Battlepoint, or by turning south on North Settlement Road. The property consists of brush and grassland intermixed with flowages.


The dikes were originally constructed in the 1940's by the game division under the Resettlement Administration using WPA (Works Project Administration) labor. This included setting up a small sawmill on the area where they assembled and produced oak sheet piling for the core of every earth dike out there. The flowages are periodically drawn down to promote growth of forage for waterfowl, and the uplands are burned to maintain them in an open or brushy landscape to benefit nesting waterfowl, sharp-tailed grouse and Karner Blue Butterflies.


The Dike 17 Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities.

  • Birding
  • Cross country skiing (no designated trail)
  • Fishing
  • Hiking (no designated trail)
  • Hunting - Note: refuge closed from Sept. 1 - Dec. 31 with the exception of the gun deer season
  • Trapping
  • Wild edibles/gathering
  • Wildlife viewing

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Last revised: Wednesday May 06 2020