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Wolf River Bottoms Wildlife Area - Herb Behnke Unit

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.

Wolf River Bottoms Wildlife Area- Herb Behnke Unit

Wolf River Bottoms Wildlife Area - Herb Behnke Unit is found in northwest Outagamie County in the townships of Deer Creek and Maine and is approximately 2,500 acres in size.

The wildlife area is made up of sandy, forested ridges, multiple impoundments, spruce plantation, swamp hardwood, wetland and grassland habitat. Of the 2,500 acres of property 1,800 acres are impounded, 200 acres in upland timber, 100 acres in grassland and the remaining in wetland habitat. Two-thirds of the property is within the Wolf River fringe floodplain limiting improvements that can be made.

Find Wolf River Bottoms Wildlife Area - Herb Behnke Unit five miles north of Shiocton on Highway M. There are three parking areas for the area. Two are located on the West side of county Highway M and the other is at the end of Balsam Road. Additional walk-in access can be reached on the north end of the property using Carpenter Road.


The Herb Behnke Unit of the Wolf River Bottoms Wildlife Area is managed to provide opportunities for public hunting, trapping and other outdoor recreation while protecting the qualities of the unique native communities and associated species found on the property. Impoundments are managed to replicate natural disturbances in emergent marsh systems and to provide an interspersion of vegetation and open water. Shrub-carr habitat is maintained through mowing and prescribed fire in areas that do not have high potential for sedge meadow management. Where feasible, populations of invasive species are controlled or eliminated by cutting, pulling, burning, herbicide treatment and/or bio-control.

The Lower Wolf River Bottomlands Natural Resources Area master plan was completed in 2012 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 Wolf River Bottoms Wildlife Area - Herb Behnke Unit offers many recreational opportunities.

  • Birding
  • Cross country skiing (no designated trail)
  • Hiking (no designated trail)
  • Hunting
  • Trapping
  • Wild edibles/gathering
  • Wildlife viewing

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Last revised: Wednesday May 06 2020