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Karcher Wildlife Area

Karcher Wildlife Area

Karcher Wildlife Area is 282-acre property in Southwest Racine County. The property is located 3 ½ miles south of the City of Burlington and 1 mile west of Highway 83 on Karcher Road (HWY JB). Habitat on the property consists of wet meadow, shrub-carr, lowland forest, calcareous fen, oak woodland, central hardwood, native prairie, and agricultural fields. Water features on the property include several ponds, a spring area, and a cold water stream, Karcher Creek. The property can be accessed through a parking area off of Karcher Road (Highway JB).

The property includes an imbedded 31-acre state natural area, the Karcher Springs SNA. Community types in the state natural area include a wooded esker and a complex of springs, calcareous fen, and stream.


Property habitat is managed and maintained using a number of techniques including prescribed fire, brush removal, removal of invasive species, and herbicide application.

Interim Forest Management Plan (2014) [PDF]

Southeast Region Planning Group [PDF]

The Karcher Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities.

  • Birding
  • Hiking (no designated trail)
  • Hunting - small game; especially noted for deer and turkey
  • Trapping
  • Wildlife viewing

Download [PDF] a map of this property.

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Last revised: Thursday January 23 2020