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Yellowstone 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.

Yellowstone Wildlife Area is a 4,000-acre property located in Lafayette County. the property consists mostly of rolling upland grass and agricultural fields, with scattered woods and old oak savannah. Find it on County Road F between Darlington and Blanchardville. From Argyle take County Road. G.


Half of the property was purchased in the 1950s. The remaining was the first Stewarship purchase in 1989. Today the property is managed for oak savannah restoration. The property offers excellent hunting opportunities for small game, pheasants, turkey and deer, especially for those willing to walk. Waterfowl hunting is available but limited.

Interim Forest Management Plan (2014) [PDF]


The Yellowstone Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities.

  • Birding
  • Cross country skiing (no designated trail)
  • Fishing - catch and release trout on Steiner Brook
  • Hiking (no designated trail)
  • Horse trails - 30 miles of trails [PDF] (Horse trails are open May 1- Oct 31. During this time, trails may be closed for 24 hrs after a rain event.)
  • Hunting - especially noted pheasants
  • Snowmobile trail
  • Swimming (at own risk, no lifeguard)
  • 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: Wednesday May 06 2020