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Little Rice Wildlife Area

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Little Rice Wildlife Area

Little Rice Wildlife Area is a 1,900-acre property located about 4 miles west of the city of Crandon in Forest County. The property consists of a 1,200-acre flowage on the Wolf River as well as adjacent wetlands and upland forest. There is a large bed of wild rice on the flowage that attracts migrating waterfowl. Floating bog and floating tamarack islands occur on parts of the flowage. A wide variety of wetland wildlife inhabit the property. The large flowage is known locally for panfish and northern pike fishing opportunities. The flowage supports a large population of muskrats and beaver. Two pairs of bald eagles, an osprey pair and a small Great blue heron rookery occur on the property. There are two drive-in boat landings and one walk-in canoe landing on the flowage. The landings are managed cooperatively with the Town of Crandon.


The Federal Works Progress Administration constructed the Little Rice Dam in 1935 and transferred it to the Town of Crandon for a recreation area. By 1952 the Town transferred the property to the State of Wisconsin for a wildlife management area.

Today the DNR manages the dam and the 1,200 acre-flowage for a variety of public benefits including: hunting, fishing, trapping and outdoor recreation.

Interim Forest Management Plan (1985) [PDF]


The Little Rice Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities.

  • Birding
  • Canoeing
  • Cross country skiing (no designated trail)
  • Fishing
  • Hiking (no designated trail)
  • Hunting
  • Swimming
  • Trapping
  • Wild edibles/gathering
  • Wildlife viewing

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: Tuesday March 24 2020