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Phil Rynish

Northwest Sands Regional Master Plan

The Northwest Sands ecological landscape includes state forests, natural areas, fishery areas and wildlife areas. The ecological landscape intersects portions of Bayfield, Douglas, Washburn and Burnett counties and a very small portion of Polk County. Department properties in this landscape offer public access to and protect headwaters and sensitive areas surrounding the region’s trout streams, barrens habitat, and large forests. Hunting, fishing, hiking, cross-country skiing and other recreational opportunities are abundant in the region.


Photo of male Sharp-tailed-grouse

Regional Master Plan

The Northwest Sands Regional Master Plan was approved by the Natural Resources Board in February 2019. The full document, appendix and maps are in the folders below. All properties included in this planning region are listed in Appendix A. The map below shows many of the larger, more popular DNR properties in the Northwest Sands. To view all properties in the region, use the Property Planning Viewer.

Northwest Sands Regional Master Plan


All Northwest Sands Regional Master Plan map data can be accessed via the Property Planning Viewer.

Additional PDF maps are available as referenced in the plan:

Last revised: Wednesday March 04 2020