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Lyons 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.

Lyons Wildlife Area

Lyons Wildlife Area is a 135-acre property 2 miles north of Lake Geneva in Walworth County off Buckby Rd. It consists of grasslands with a mix of warm and cool season grasses, lowland brush and wetlands. White River runs along the southern end of the property. Hunting/viewing opportunities exist for small game and waterfowl.


The Federal Works Progress Administration constructed the Lyons 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.

Southeast Region Planning Group [PDF]

The Lyons Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities.

  • Birding
  • Canoeing
  • Cross country skiing (no designated trail)
  • Fishing
  • Hiking (no designated trail)
  • Hunting
  • 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: Wednesday May 06 2020