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Rome Pond 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.

Rome Pond Wildlife Area

Rome Pond Wildlife Area is a property consisting of approximately 2500 acres of public land. Its central feature is a large open water cattail marsh surrounded by rolling hills covered with upland hardwoods like oak and hickory. Interspersed in the uplands are agricultural fields and areas restored to prairie or savanna.

The wildlife area is easily fond immediately east of the Village of Rome in Jefferson County on County Road F. Approximately one mile east of Rome is a park with a picnic area, pit toilet, boat launch, and easy access to the wildlife area.


Rome Pond Wildlife Area has long history of being managed for waterfowl use on the large deep water marsh maintained by the dam in the Village of Rome. In more recent years effort has been made to restore some of the oak savanna features on the adjacent uplands.

This wildlife area historically, and still today, provides excellent opportunities for waterfowl hunting, deer hunting, and wildlife watching. The pond provides not only habitat for waterfowl migrating through the area but also nesting areas for many wetland species like the Black Tern.

Habitat management objectives are to continue to protect and improve the wetland and upland areas through prescribed fire, planting native flora, and removal of invasive species. Dove hunting opportunities are available on 5 acres of sunflowers managed for doves. Hunting and wildlife watching opportunities will continue to be enhanced through the manipulation of associated agricultural practices.

The Glacial Heritage Area master plan was completed in 2011 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 Rome Pond Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities.

  • Birding
  • Canoeing
  • Cross country skiing (no designated trail)
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting - especially noted for waterfowl, pheasant, deer, turkey and small game
  • Snowmobiling trail
  • Trapping
  • Wild edibles/gathering
  • Wildlife viewing

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Last revised: Wednesday May 06 2020