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Storrs Lake 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.

Storrs Lake Wildlife Area

Storrs Lake Wildlife Area was begun in 1949 for the purpose of providing public hunting, primarily for waterfowl and pheasant and other compatible recreation.

In 1832, Storrs Lake was recorded as an overnight campsite for Brigadier General Henry Atkinson and 4,500 soldiers in pursuit of Chief Black Hawk and his Sac Indian community. Among Atkinson's soldiers were his chief of staff, Lt. Albert Sidney Johnston, later a famous Confederate General in the U.S. Civil War, and a 23-year old mounted scout on 30-day enlistment by the name of Abraham Lincoln.

The Storrs Lake Wildlife Areas has a mix of grasslands, wetlands and woodlots, providing habitat for a wide variety of wildlife. Bower's Lake and Storrs Lake are partially within the property boundary. Storrs Lake has a good fishery and a boat access site provides good access for anglers pursuing panfish, largemouth bass and northern pike. The property is currently used extensively for pheasant hunting. Waterfowl hunting occurs on the open wetlands and on Storrs and Bower's Lake. Deer, turkey, dove and squirrel hunting occur on the uplands. The property is also heavily used for hiking and wildlife watching due to its proximity to Janesville, its scenic diversity of habitat types and good access. A segment of the National Ice Age Park and Trail crosses the property.

Storrs Lake Wildlife Area is 753 acres (771 acre goal) located 1 mile east of Milton on E. Storrs Lake Road to main parking lot, boat landing and Ice Age Trail head.


General management objectives for the property include:

  • Manage wetlands on lands classified as habitat management areas to maximize wildlife benefits; particularly, habitat for waterfowl nesting, brood rearing, and migratory stopover and grassland birds and shorebirds.
  • Maintain and enhance the quality and extent of wetlands, with particular emphasis placed on wet and wet-mesic prairie, sedge meadow, and emergent marsh.
  • Provide the largest practicable blocks of grassland and forest habitats.
  • Protect and enhance populations of threatened and endangered species and species of greatest conservation need.

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 Storrs Lake Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities.

  • Biking - E. Storrs Lake Road
  • Birding
  • Canoeing - Small boat ramp on Storrs Lake at end of E. Storrs Lake Road
  • Cross country skiing (no designated trail)
  • Fishing - Storrs Lake for northern pike, bass, bluegills and bullheads
  • Hiking - Ice Age Trail runs through property
  • Hunting - especially noted for waterfowl, deer and stocked pheasant
  • Trapping
  • Wild edibles/gathering
  • Wildlife viewing

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Last revised: Wednesday May 06 2020