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Rush River Wildlife Area

The Rush River Wildlife Area is a 121-acre property located in southern St. Croix County. The property was purchased in 2004 as a part of the Western Prairie Habitat Restoration Area and consists exclusively of grassland habitat. The property also protects 1.2 miles of Rush River shoreline, as the river bisects the property. The property is managed as part of the Western Prairie Habitat Restoration Area, a landscape scale wetland and grassland restoration project.

The property is located approximately 4 miles southwest of Baldwin. Follow Highway 63 south out of Baldwin for 2 miles, then turn west on 30th Ave. for 2 miles, then turn south on 190th St. for approximately 1/2 mile. The property is located on the east side of 150th St. A walk-in access easement is located on the northwest corner of the property off of 190th St. for public use.


The property is managed to provide opportunities for public hunting, trapping, wildlife observation and other nature-based outdoor recreation. Management objectives aim to maintain an open grassland community through prescribed fire, mechanical and chemical control of woody species and limited haying and grazing. Populations of invasive species are controlled or eliminated by cutting, pulling, burning, herbicide treatment and/or biocontrol.


The Rush River 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

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Last revised: Wednesday January 24 2018