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Silvernail 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.

Silvernail Wildlife Area is a 1,040-acre property located in the extreme north central part of Rusk County, the property lies approximately six miles east of Wisconsin State Highway 27 at the Rusk/Sawyer County line. Primitive access (no roads) is possible from the north via Sawyer County Forest at the Thornapple Grade (S.34). From the south, access is possible through Plum Creek MFL lands via Flambeau Rd. in section 13.-T.36N.-R.5W. Tha habitat consists primarily of northern hardwood and hardwood/hemlock forest. The property is bisected by a tributary of the Thornapple River in the extreme northwest and Spring Creek at its midsection.


The project is managed for forest game and non-game wildlife.


The Silvernail Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities.

  • Birding
  • Cross country skiing (no designated trail)
  • Hiking
  • Hunting - especially noted for deer, bear, ruffed grouse, squirrels, rabbits and raccoon
  • Snowmobiling - marked trail
  • Trapping
  • Wild edibles/gathering
  • Wildlife viewing

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Last revised: Wednesday May 06 2020