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North Bend Bottoms 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.

North Bend Bottoms Wildlife Area

North Bend Bottoms Wildlife Area is a 1,500-acre property located outside the town of North Bend, in southwest Jackson County. Access points can be found along Highway VV. The property consists of floodplain forest, bottomland hardwoods, marshy oxbows and some upland fields. The Black River borders the property on the North.

This property is the jewel of the Black River, providing outstanding habitat for wetland dependent species. The Black River provides a critical corridor for a variety of animal, bird and plant species - making any trip down the Black a trip worth remembering.


First parcels of land were purchased in 1962. Since then additional acquisitions have been made by Wildlife and Fisheries programs, with the most recent purchases occurring in 2006.

Today, most management activities have been restricted to land acquisition. Most recently a couple parcels have been placed into a State Natural Area designation to provide them more protection and restoration opportunities with floodplain forest management.


The North Bend Bottoms Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities.

  • Birding
  • Boating (launches available along Highway VV)
  • Canoeing (launches available along Highway VV)
  • Cross country skiing (no designated trail)
  • Fishing (along the Black River)
  • Hiking (no designated trail)
  • Hunting - especially noted for waterfowl, deer, turkey and bear
  • 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