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Lake Mills 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.

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Lake Mills Wildlife Area is comprised of a diverse variety of habitat types currently covering approximately 3300 acres. The habitat types include open water marsh, large areas of wet prairie, lowland hardwoods with tamarack and some oak savanna uplands. The Bean Lake State Natural Area is located within the Lake Mills Wildlife Area.

This wildlife area is divided into two separate units. The eastern unit is located immediately southwest of the City of Lake Mills. The western unit is about 2 miles further west. To find a parking area to use as a starting point, travel to the southwest of Lake Mills on Highway A, go north on Highway S approximately 1mile and turn west on Alley Road. Continue west 1 mile to the parking lot on the north side of Alley Road.


Historically, the eastern unit made up the entire Lake Mills Wildlife Area. This area is primarily comprised of wetlands including parts of three lakes, extensive shrub/carr and tamarack bog and some uplands with oak savanna and other hardwoods.

The western unit is known as the London (Zeloski) Marsh. This area is a result of a large wetland restoration effort and involves almost 2000 acres. This unit is comprised of large impoundments providing the opportunity to manage water levels for migrating and nesting waterfowl, shorebirds and other wetland species of both flora and fauna. Large portions of wet to mesic prairie communities have also been reestablished here. The area is filled with access lanes for management purposes which also provide excellent opportunities for walking, wildlife watching and hunting.

The Glacial Drumlin Trail lies adjacent to the eastern unit all along the north boundary and bisects the western unit of the wildlife area. This trail provides bicycle access for a very scenic spring, summer, or fall ride. The trail then doubles as a snow mobile trail in the winter.

The habitats throughout the entire wildlife area will be maintained and improved using a number of techniques including prescribed fire, brush removal, planting native species and removal of invasive species. Sunflower and corn fields managed for doves provide additional hunting opportunities.

The Glacial Heritage Area master plan was completed in 2011 and guides the long term management of this property. Progress toward achieving the goals of the master plan are tracked through annual monitoring reports.


The Lake Mills Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities.

  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Canoeing
  • Cross country skiing (no designated trail)
  • Fishing
  • Hiking (no designated trail)
  • Hunting - especially noted for waterfowl, pheasant, deer, turkey and small game
  • Snowmobiling trail
  • Trapping
  • Wild edibles/gathering
  • Wildlife viewing

Special waterfowl regulations

In the Zeloski Unit of the Lake Mills Wildlife Area hunting hours for all migratory birds will close daily at 1:00 p.m., beginning on Sept 1 and continuing through the 16th day after the opening weekend of the duck season, except that normal statewide hunting hours apply on the opening weekend of the duck season.


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Last revised: Wednesday May 06 2020