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Underwood Wildlife Area

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Underwood Wildlife Area

Underwood Wildlife Area is a 1,602-acre property located in northeast Iron County. It was purchased by the Conservation Department in the 1940s and 1950s to protect the area as a deer yard. Cedar and hemlock browse cutting for deer in the winters changed the area to be more dominated by hardwoods, reducing its suitability as a deer yard.

Located in northeast Iron County. Take Highway 51, nine miles north of Mercer to Highway G. Then go four miles east to Bass Lake Road. On Bass Lake Road go north about two and a half miles.


Current timber harvest is used to maintain aspen stands and an uneven aged northern hardwood forest. Grass openings were created in the 1980s and are maintained today. DNR Wildlife and DNR Forestry programs use this area to experiment with cedar, hemlock and oak regeneration.

Interim Forest Management Plan (2013) [PDF]


The Underwood Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities.

  • Auto travel - The road into area may not be plowed in the winter.
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Cross country skiing (no designated trail)
  • Hiking (no designated trail)
  • Hunting
  • 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