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Lyons Wildlife Area

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 August 14 2019