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Outagamie 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.

Outagamie Wildlife Area

Outagamie Wildlife Area is found in northwest Outagamie County in the townships of Maine and Bovina, four miles north of Shiocton. The state owns approximately 1,000 acres.

The property is comprised of bottomland hardwood forest, impounded marsh and aspen forest. The entire wildlife area is located in the Wolf River floodplain, limiting improvements. The Wolf River bisects the property allowing excellent access by boat.

Find Outagamie Wildlife Area four miles north of Shiocton. There are three parking areas found on the property. Two are located on County Highway M and the other is on Highway 187.


The Outagamie Wildlife Area is managed to provide opportunities for public hunting, fishing, trapping and other outdoor recreation while protecting the qualities of the unique native communities and associated species found on the property. Current management objectives in wetland areas include maintaining the bottomland hardwood and swamp hardwood type and maintaining or restoring sedge meadow and emergent marsh. The aspen cover type is maintained where currently found through timber management. Where feasible, populations of invasive species are controlled or eliminated by cutting, pulling, burning, herbicide treatment and/or bio-control.

The Lower Wolf River Bottomlands Natural Resources Area master plan was completed in 2012 and guides the long term management of this property. Progress toward achieving the goals of the master plan are tracked through annual monitoring reports.


The Outagamie Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities.

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

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Last revised: Wednesday May 06 2020