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Radley Creek
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Radley Creek Fishery Area is in the Central Sand Hills ecological landscape of southwestern Waupaca and southeastern Portage counties. Habitat types present include open grass fields, pine plantations, remnant oak savanna, red and white pine plantations, oak woods, and marsh. Upland grass and other herbaceous vegetation cover 312 acres. Alder and willow brush cover an additional 84 acres.

The north branch (Murray Creek) and south branch (Pearl Creek) of the Radley begin in Portage County. These two main branches along with other smaller feeder streams join together to form Radley Creek in Waupaca County. The varied habitat on the fishery area provides homes for a wide range of both game and non-game species. Management of upland sites ranges from habitat improvement to benefit grassland nesting birds to habitat for the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly. A snowmobile trail crosses the property near the intersection of Suhs and West Roads. A portion of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail runs through the fishery area in Portage County south of 2nd Avenue.

The Mud Lake - Radley Creek Savanna State Natural Area covers 100 acres of the Radley Creek Fishery Area. Mud Lake is a shallow, hard water lake in a wilderness setting - having no access or human-made developments.


Radley Creek Fishery Area is located on State Hwy 22, six miles south of the intersection with US Hwy 10.


Recreational Opportunities

  • Hunting - white tailed deer, rabbits, squirrel, waterfowl, turkey, fox, coyote, raccoon
  • Trapping
  • Hiking
  • Snowmobiling trail
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Fishing
  • Bird watching
  • Pets
  • Berry picking
  • Dog training - leash laws apply during the spring and summer months


The Radley Creek Fishery Area is managed to provide trout fishing opportunities, protect spawning areas, enhance water quality, protect a wide variety of habitat types important to both game and non-game species, sustain forested areas, and provide a variety of outdoor based recreational and educational opportunities.

Radley Creek Fishery Area master plan (1985) [PDF]


  • Radley Creek
  • Radley Creek
  • Radley Creek
  • Radley Creek


For questions and comments contact:

Wildlife Biologist
Department of Natural Resources
N2480 Hartman Creek Road
Waupaca WI 54981-9727 715-258-4778

Last revised: Tuesday March 24 2020