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Hacker Drive Wildlife Area

Hacker Drive Wildlife Area is a 29-acre parcel that is entirely wetland. The property is located in West Bend Township (T.11N R.19E. Sec 20). From West Bend travel west on Highway 33, turn south on CR Z, then west on Hacker Drive The property holds one of only ten bogs in Washington County. It is a good-quality sphagnum bog bordered by sedge meadow, shallow marsh and shrub-carr.

The property was purchased in 1995 to protect and enhance the warm water fish spawning and nursing habitat in Gilbert Lake.

Since being purchased the property has been managed to produce cover that can be utilized by wildlife, in order to provide hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities.


Current management practices focus on monitoring the invasive species on the property in order to prevent their spread. Herbicide treatment is used to control the targeted species.

Local hydrologic changes are monitored to determine changes in drainage patterns that could disrupt the bogs functions.

Future management is directed toward protecting current Habitat.


The Hacker Drive Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities.

  • Birding
  • Hiking (no designated trail)
  • Fishing
  • Cross country skiing (no designated trail)
  • Trapping
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Wild edibles/ gathering
  • Hunting

If you are interested in exploring this property further, you can find it on this interactive map.

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Last revised: Thursday January 23 2020