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Sweeney Pond Wildlife Area

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Sweeney Pond Wildlife Area is a 281-acre (40 owned, 241 easement) property in Barron County consisting of flowage and marsh.

Find it by going west of Barron on Highway 8 for four miles. Turn south on 11th Street and go one-half mile to 13 Avenue and head west three-quarters of a mile. The property is south of the road.


A dam was built to create the flowage in the 1960s. The town road is actually both dam and emergency spillway. Most of the water goes through a water control structure which goes under the road, except during very high water in the spring. The water level is lowered in early summer to promote the growth of wild rice. The area provides good waterfowl habitat and is occasionally used by trumpeter swans for nesting.


The Sweeney Pond Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities.

  • Birding
  • Cross country skiing (no designated trail)
  • Hiking
  • Hunting - especially noted for waterfowl
  • Trapping - especially noted for beaver, muskrats and otter
  • Wild edibles/gathering
  • Wildlife viewing

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Last revised: Tuesday March 24 2020