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South Beaver Creek Wildlife Area

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South Beaver Creek Wildlife Area

South Beaver Creek Wildlife Area is a 1,000-acre property located west of Melrose in western, Jackson County. Access can be gained along County Highway D, Erickson Road, South Buckholz Road and Lee School Road. The property consists of upland hardwood forest with a large impoundment of water and some smaller scrapes. South Beaver Creek runs through the property.


First land parcel was purchased in 1959. Area had been ditched to provide farming opportunities prior to land acquisition. South Beaver Creek was the first official release site of turkeys in Jackson County.

Current management consists of land acquisition, sharecropping, put and take pheasant stocking, tree and shrub planting and timber management.

Interim Forest Management Plan (2014) [PDF]


The South Beaver Creek Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities.

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

Download [PDF] a map of this property.

If you are interested in exploring this property further, you can access an interactive map.

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Last revised: Tuesday March 24 2020