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Peshtigo Brook 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.

Peshtigo Brook Wildlife Area is a 2,373-acre property located in Oconto County. This area has extensive sedge meadows interspersed with dry oak, pine, and aspen forests.

The Peshtigo Brook Wildlife Area is north of Suring. Take Hawthorn Rd from Pipeline Road to a parking area on the southwest corner of the property.


State ownership of the property began in 1953 and the original management was directed toward sharp-tailed grouse. With changes in land cover, management has shifted to forest wildlife. Large marshes within the area support wetland wildlife but the water supply for the area is dependent on rainfall and the marshes are often dry.

Today, timber sales on the area improve habitat for wildlife dependent on early-successional forest types. Prescribed burns to control brush in the sedge meadows are conducted periodically. The road system within the wildlife area is maintained for management activities but is not open to vehicular traffic for much of the year. Some of the sedge meadows and a small stand of hardwoods are designated as Natural Areas because of the quality of the habitat.

Interim Forest Management Plan (1981) [PDF]


The Peshtigo Brook Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities.

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

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Last revised: Wednesday May 06 2020