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Washington Creek Wildlife Area

Washington Creek Wildlife Area is a 515-acre property (including approx. 230 acres of flowage and associated wetland) located in southcentral Rusk County, approximately 9 miles south of Bruce, Wisconsin. From Rusk Co Highway D near the Rusk/Chippewa Co. line, take County E north 2 and one-half miles. From the north on Highway 8 near Bruce, take County Highway E south approx. 9 miles. Habitat consists of shallow impoundment with associated matrix of cattail, sedge and floating bog. Surrounding uplands of mixed aspen and oak. Recent improvements are redirecting uplands adjacent to the flowage as an oak-savannah type to benefit nesting waterfowl.


Established in 1955, the area was developed for and is managed as a waterfowl production area. A low head dam was constructed in 1957.

Interim Forest Management Plan (1985) [PDF]


The Washington Creek Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities.

  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Canoeing
  • Cross country skiing (no designated trail)
  • Hiking (no designated trail)
  • Hunting
  • Snowmobiling - marked trail
  • 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: Monday February 20 2017