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Flat Creek Wildlife Area

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Flat Creek Wildlife Area

Flat Creek Wildlife Area is a 373-acre property located on the center boarder of Washburn and Sawyer Counties, in Bass Lake Township of both counties. The habitat is comprised of aspen, swamp conifer, tamarack, northern hardwoods, balsam fir and of course Flat Creek itself with numerous beaver ponds. The only access point is at the end of Flat Creek Road about four miles southwest of Hayward and west of Highway 27.


The purchase of land for the Flat Creek Wildlife Area began in 1948 with the last purchase in 1953. The average price paid per acre at that time was $3 to $5.

Presently, management activity consists of numerous timber sales for wood fiber and wildlife habitat management.

Interim Forest Management Plan [PDF]


The Flat Creek Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities.

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