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DNR Fisheries AreasUpper Neenah Fishery 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.

The Neenah Creek is a class 1 trout water (self-sustaining trout population, no stocking required) and is designated as an Exceptional Resource Waters (ERW). An ERW is designated for its valuable fisheries resources and wildlife habitat. It provides an exceptional recreational opportunity, however these waters have some impact from humans in the form of known point source discharges that must maintain specific standards.

The land cover is primarily low lying hardwoods (oak) and swamp hardwoods. The area surrounding the fishery property is comprised of mainly agricultural use with the major crop being corn.

The Upper Neenah Fishery Area was first created in 1962 and is comprised of multiple parcels of non-contiguous land totalling over 372 acres. Land purchases continue within the project boundaries to protect the creek and the fishery and provide public access and fishing opportunities. Several in-stream habitat improvement projects have been completed within the fishery area.


Upper Neenah Fishery Area is in southeast Adams County in the Towns of New Chester (T 16N, R 7E) and Jackson (T 15N, R 7E).


Angling opportunities

Anglers can expect to shore fish in some places or wade in the stream throughout the fishery area. Some fly fishing opportunities are available especially in the areas where habitat improvements were made. Brown trout are the dominant species with a few brook trout to be had.

Recreational opportunities

  • Hunting - grouse, woodcock, turkey and deer
  • Trapping
  • Hiking
  • Pets
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Fishing
  • Bird watching


The Upper Neenah Fishery Area is managed for fish habitat for brown trout that includes streambank habitat and stabilization.


For questions and comments contact:

Fisheries Biologist
Department of Natural Resources
473 Griffith Avenue
Wisconsin Rapids WI 54494

Last revised: Wednesday May 06 2020