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Knapp Creek Wildlife 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.

Knapp Creek Wildlife Area is a 2,003-acre property located in Richland County that is entirely privately-owned land open to the public for hunting and fishing and in some locations trapping. The property is a mosaic of agricultural fields, marshy creek bottoms and forested hillsides located 5 miles east of Boscobel on Highway 60.


The Knapp Creek Wildlife Area is a collection of private land parcels with permanent hunting and fishing access easements. Many of the properties also include the right to trap. Since these properties are owned by private individuals and many of them are working agricultural property, please be respectful of the landowners that work and live on this collection of properties by following the rules identified below:

  • Access on the properties is by foot travel only. Vehicular access onto the property is not allowed so do not drive into a private driveway or onto agricultural fields.
  • Parking is allowed along the roads in the right-of-way (which is 33' from the centerline of County and Township roads). Do not block access to any driveways, farm fields or pastures.
  • When parking, choose locations that do not prevent passing vehicles from seeing around curves or over hills.
  • Do not park in wet areas along the road right-of-way where your vehicle may leave ruts, damage the ground, or damage the road right-of-way itself.
  • Respect private property by not littering and leave no trace.
  • Discharging a firearm within 100 yards of an occupied residence without the landowners' permission is illegal. Remember, many of these properties have livestock on them so please avoid spooking them.
  • The only forms of recreation available at Knapp Creek Wildlife Area are hunting and fishing with trapping allowed on some of the properties. Please refer to the property map for areas where trapping is restricted.
  • Please refer to the property code of conduct [PDF].

The only forms of recreation available at Knapp Creek Wildlife Area are hunting, fishing and trapping. It is your responsibility to know where you are and what activities are allowed on that property. Please refer to the property map [PDF] and the code of conduct [PDF].

The following activities are not allowed at Knapp Creek Wildlife Area:

  • Birding
  • Hiking
  • Cross country skiing
  • Gathering wild edibles (fruits, nuts and mushrooms)

Plan your hunt in advance and although not required, check with the landowner so that everyone knows what to expect on the day of your hunt. It is your responsibility to know where you are and what activities are allowed on that property.


Download [PDF] a map of this property.

If you are interested in exploring this property further, you can access an interactive map.

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Last revised: Wednesday May 06 2020