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Kinnickinic River Headwaters Fish and Wildlife Area

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Kinnickinic river Headwaters Fish and Wildlife Area

The Kinnickinnic River Headwaters Fish and Wildlife Area is a 289-acre property located in southern St. Croix County. The first purchase for the property occurred in 1962, with additional acquisitions still ongoing as a part of the Kinnickinic River Fisheries Area. Acquisitions were made possible through generous donations from the Kinnickinic River Land Trust and the Kinnickinic Chapter of Pheasants Forever. The property consists of grassland and riverine floodplain habitat with the headwaters of the Kinnickinic River, a world class trout stream, bisecting the property. 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 2 miles east of Roberts. From Exit 10 on I94, take Highway 65 north for ¼ mile, then travel east on 70th Ave for 3 miles. Turn south on 150th St. for ¼ mile. The property is on the west side of 150th St. with parking lots located on 150th St. and 60th Ave.


The property is managed to provide opportunities for public hunting, fishing, trapping, wildlife observation and other nature-based outdoor recreation. Management objectives 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 Kinnickinic river Headwaters Fish and Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities.

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

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Last revised: Tuesday March 24 2020