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Johnson Wildlife Area

Johnson Wildlife Area

The Johnson Wildlife Area is a 213-acre property located in northern St. Croix County on the Polk County line. The property is split into two parcels located within ½ mile of each other, an 84-acre grassland/wetland complex and a 129-acre grassland/oak savanna complex. The land was purchased in 2001 as a part of the Western Prairie Habitat Restoration Area and consists primarily of grassland (262 acres) and wetland habitat (18 acres). A small remnant oak savanna is located on the eastern property giving a good representation of the habitat that was historically located in the area. The property is managed as part of the Western Prairie Habitat Restoration Area, a landscape scale wetland and grassland restoration project.

The property is located approximately 5 miles east of Star Prairie. Follow County Highway H east out of Star Prairie for 5 miles, then turn north on 185th St. for ½ mile. The western 84 acres is located on the west side of 185th St. To access the eastern 129 acres, proceed east on 235th Ave for approximately 1/2 mile. A parking lot is located off of 235th Ave.


The property is managed to provide opportunities for public hunting, trapping, wildlife observation and other nature-based outdoor recreation. A large-scale grassland restoration effort went underway in 2016 to convert a former pine plantation back to native prairie grasses. After the completion of the restoration, management objectives will aim to maintain an open grassland community through prescribed fire, mechanical and chemical control of woody species and limited haying and grazing. Populations of invasive species are controlled or eliminated by cutting, pulling, burning, herbicide treatment and/or biocontrol.


The Johnson Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities.

  • Birding
  • Cross country skiing (no designated trail)
  • Falconry (by permit)
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Snowshoeing
  • Trapping
  • Wild edible/gathering
  • Wildlife Viewing

Download [PDF] a map of the Johnson East property.

Download [PDF] an aerial view of the Johnson East property.

Download [PDF] a map of the Johnson West property.

Download [PDF] an aerial view of the Johnson West property.

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Last revised: Wednesday January 24 2018