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St. Croix Islands Wildlife Area

St. Croix Islands Wildlife Area

The St. Croix Islands Wildlife Area is a 1082-acre property located in northwestern St. Croix County. Acquisition of the property started with the state purchasing acreage from St. Croix County in 1946. Additional acreage was purchased around the original land, including a 184 acre donation from The Nature Conservancy, to bring the total acreage to what it is today. This unique property includes numerous islands and wetland habitats of the St. Croix River, the confluence of the Apple River with the St. Croix River, the Apple River Canyon State Natural Area and the St. Croix River State Natural Area. The majority of the property is wooded bluffland along the St. Croix River, which has been designated as a National Scenic Riverway.

The property is located ~ 4.5 miles northwest of Somerset. Follow County Road I north out of Somerset for 2 miles and the property can be accessed off of 192 Ave or 208th Ave. Access to the St. Croix River is available through a carry-in boat access off of Rice Lake Road.


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 scenic riverway through passive timber management. Populations of invasive species are controlled or eliminated by cutting, pulling, burning, herbicide treatment and/or biocontrol.


The St. Croix 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

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Last revised: Tuesday June 27 2017