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Hoosier Creek Habitat 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.

Hoosier Creek Wildlife Area

The Hoosier Creek Habitat Area is a 226-acre property in southwest Racine County, south of Browns Lake. The property can be accessed on a gravel drive on the south side of Durand Avenue (highway 11). The gravel drive is at fire lane markers 30711 / 30715 / 30717, by the Brown’s Lake Sanitary District. The property has a small 2 car stall lot at the end of the gravel road.

The Hoosier Creek habitat area consists of a large wet meadow, several shallow, open water areas, planted prairies, small wood lots and brushy fields. The Hoosier Creek flows through the west side of the property.

The property was created in 2007. Prior to the state purchasing the parcel, the muck soil farm was farmed for cash crops. In cooperation with the USDA-NRCS, wetlands were restored by means of berm construction, breaking of drainage tiles and plugging of ditches. One small flowage and 7 scrapes were created through this process and prairies were planted in the upland areas.


The shallow marsh is managed to maintain fifty percent open water. The semi-marsh environment is ideal for waterfowl production and provides excellent hunting opportunity. Management activities to promote grassland are conducted on surrounding uplands.

The property is stocked with pheasants once a week early in the season and every other week later in the season.

The habitat throughout the entire wildlife area will be maintained and enhanced using a number of techniques including prescribed fire, brush removal, planting of native species, removal of invasive species and herbicide application. Water level manipulation is used in conjunction with the aforementioned management tools. Be sure to pre-scout your hunting as flowages may be drawn down in the fall.

The Burlington High School borders the southwest corner of the property and there is a 1700-foot no firearm discharge buffer in that area. The Burlington to Kansasville portion of the White River state bike trail is located along the southern boundary of the property. Hunting is not allowed within 50 feet of the centerline of the bike trail.

  • Birding
  • Hiking (no designated trail)
  • Hunting- especially noted for pheasant, deer, waterfowl and turkey
  • Trapping
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Designated snowmobile trail

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Last revised: Wednesday May 06 2020