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Pierce County Islands Wildlife Area

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Pierce County Islands Wildlife Area

The Pierce County Islands Wildlife Area is a 958-acre property located on the Mississippi River in Pierce County. Acquisition of the property started with the Pierce County donating land to the state in 1968. Additional acreage was purchased around the original land, including a 20-acre donation from The William Murray family, to bring the total acreage to what it is today. This unique property includes numerous islands and wetland habitats of the Mississippi River, and includes a no-entry waterfowl refuge in T24N R17W Section 8.

The property is located on the Mississippi River outside of Bay City. Access to the islands in restricted to boat traffic, with a boat landing available in Bay City.


The property is managed to provide opportunities for public hunting, trapping, wildlife observation and other nature-based outdoor recreation. Management objectives aim to maintain the floodplain forests associated with the islands. Populations of invasive species are controlled or eliminated by cutting, pulling, burning, herbicide treatment and/or biocontrol.


The Pierce County Islands Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities.

  • Birding
  • Cross country skiing (no designated trail)
  • Falconry (by permit)
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Snowshoeing
  • Trapping
  • Wild edible/gathering
  • Wildlife Viewing

Download [PDF] a map of this property.

Download [PDF] an aerial view of this property.

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Last revised: Tuesday March 24 2020