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West Taylor 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.

West Taylor Wildlife Area

West Taylor Wildlife Area is a 177-acre property located southwest of Taylor, in western Jackson County. Access points can be found along Rabbit Run Road and Hamilton Road. Take Highway 95 to River Road (which turns into Rabbit Run).


Property history

Only two purchases have been made on this property. The first purchase being made in the early 1960's with the acquisition of 98 acres. The second purchase was more recent, occurring in 2000, with the addition of 80 acres, almost doubling the size of the property.

Management objective

This property is located within the heavier soils of Jackson County and was primarily farmed or grazed historically. However, 40 acres of marsh land did provide good wintering habitat for pheasants, which was the main reason for the primary purchase. Recently, pine plantations and fencing have allowed for a return to a forested landscape of oaks and pines with some open fields.

Sound forestry management is used to harvest timber when in the best interest of the timber resource providing a healthy forest.


The West Taylor Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities.

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

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If you are interested in exploring this property further, you can access an interactive map.

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Last revised: Wednesday May 06 2020