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Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area

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Woodboro Lakes 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.

Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area is located about ten miles west of Rhinelander in the Town of Woodboro. It consists of about 3,000 acres with a variety of upland forests with six small lakes. The forests are mostly aspen and white birch with areas of red oak, red maple and white pine.

The lakes are small, shallow and contain no game fish. An extensive logging road network runs through the property but access is limited to high clearance and four-wheel drive vehicles (no ATVs are allowed).

The Roe Lake - Stag Lake Unit occurs about three miles south of the main Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area. This 500-acre area contains about half the frontage on Roe and Stag Lakes. The habitat is mostly aspen forest with some pine and hardwoods throughout. Hunting and trapping are allowed. The property is accessible from the north on US Highway 8. You can also walk to the property from Spring Creek Road about 0.4 miles south of the property. Due to limited road access, most of the property is accessible by foot travel only. No ATVs are allowed.

Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area

The property was purchased from a paper company in 1999 as part of the "Great Addition." The main feature is the group of undeveloped, small lakes with scattered areas of old pine and oak forest.

Today, the area is managed with commercial timber sales to provide a wide variety of forest habitats. The whole property is open for hunting and trapping.

The Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area master plan was completed in 2015 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 Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities.


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Camping is allowed between September 1 and December 31. See camping guidelines [PDF]

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Last revised: Wednesday May 06 2020