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McKenzie Creek Wildlife Area

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McKenzie Creek Wildlife Area

McKenzie Creek Wildlife Area is a 5,497-acre property located in Polk County. It consists of rolling upland aspen, oak, and maple forest, lowland forest, trout stream, lakes, tamarack/black spruce bog and spruce plantation.

McKenzie Creek Wildlife Area is one-half mile south of Clam Falls on 60th or 68th Street, off Highway I. From Frederic, take Highway W east for 8 miles. The property is north and south of Highway W. From Luck, take Highway 48 east for 8 miles to Highway O. Head north on Highway O for two miles and the property is on the north side of Highway O. There are small gravel parking areas at various locations throughout the property.


McKenzie Creek Wildlife Area (MCWA) was established in 1945 because it was a major wintering area for deer, for watershed protection and for access to four trout streams. After 2,320 acres was acquired north of Highway W, the project boundary was expanded in 1958 to its current size. The area is popular with hunters, especially ruffed grouse and deer hunters. There are 4 lakes on the property; McKenzie, Margaret, Tula and Dinger. McKenzie Lake has the only developed boat landing, which is at the end of 280th Avenue. The other lakes are walk in only. Margaret Lake is a Wild Lake and can be reached by walking one-half mile south of Highway W on a narrow trail. McKenzie Creek, the namesake for the property and one of the reasons the project was established, is a class 1 trout stream that can be accessed at several locations throughout the property.

Today, trout stream management has been done on McKenzie Creek. An active forest management program is implemented to maintain quality habitat for ruffed grouse and deer. A well maintained trail system is mowed annually.

Interim Forest Management Plan (1981) [PDF]

McKenzie Creek Master Plan (1981) [PDF]


The McKenzie Creek Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities.

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

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Last revised: Tuesday March 24 2020