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DNR Fisheries AreasWoods Flowage Fishery and 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.

Woods Flowage Fishery and Wildlife Area was established in 1953 and is a unique coldwater complex. The name flowage is actually a misnomer, as the so-called flowage is just a wide, low gradient portion of Drew Creek, which is fed by ten spring ponds and abundant groundwater. The streams and spring ponds provide native brook trout fishing opportunities.

Woods Flowage, McGee Lake, Hogelee Springs, Starks Spring, Nixon Spring, Hoglot Spring, and Karbergers Spring are the primary spring ponds located within the property. The area is very scenic with most of the shoreline being natural cedar and other lowland conifers.

Location/Directions

Woods Flowage Fishery and Wildlife Area is located south of State Hwy 64, approximately 2 miles East of Polar in Langlade County. T 31N, R 12E, sections 24 and 25 in the Town of Polar, and T 31N, R 13E, sections 28, 29, 30 and 31 in the Town of Evergreen.

Activities

Angling opportunities

The primary angling activity this property serves is fishing for trout.

Recreational Opportunities

  • Hunting - deer, bear, turkey & small game
  • Trapping
  • Hiking
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Fishing - trout
  • Bird watching
  • Biking
  • Pets
  • Berry picking
  • Canoeing

Objective

Woods Flowage Fishery and Wildlife Area is managed for trout habitat, stream bank protection, and wildlife habitat.

Contacts/Partners

For questions and comments contact:

Wildlife Biologist
Department of Natural Resources
223 E Steinfest Road
Antigo WI 54409
715-623-4190

Property Manager
Department of Natural Resources
223 E Steinfest Road
Antigo WI 54409
715-623-2096

Fisheries Biologist
Department of Natural Resources
223 E Steinfest Road
Antigo WI 54409
715-627-4317

Partners:

Antigo Chapter of Trout Unlimited

Last revised: Wednesday May 06 2020