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Deer Creek 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.

Deer Creek Wildlife Area

Deer Creek Wildlife Area is located in northeast Waupaca and northwest Outagamie counties in the townships of Deer Creek and Matteson. The wildlife area is approximately 1,500 acres in size.

The property is comprised of rolling uplands of fine sand, which surrounds a central peat bog. Open fields, swamp conifer, lowland shrub, bog, pine plantations and aspen/oak forests make up the habitat types of the land. The wildlife area drains to the Embarrass River, which is two miles to the west. The Wolf River lies to the east of the property.

Find Deer Creek Wildlife Area five miles west of Leeman off of Highway F. There are three parking areas providing access to the property. Two are located on county Highway I near Hanson Road and the other is found on the corner of Birch Road. There is an easement on the end of Spruce Road providing access to the property.


The Deer Creek Wildlife Area is managed to provide opportunities for public hunting, trapping and other outdoor recreation while protecting the qualities of the unique native communities and associated species found on the property. Current management objectives include maintaining and protecting the open bog and black-spruce-tamarack forest through water level maintenance. The aspen and oak cover types are maintained where currently found and opportunities to regenerate both types are pursued through timber management. Where feasible, populations of invasive species are controlled or eliminated by cutting, pulling, burning, herbicide treatment and/or bio-control.

The Lower Wolf River Bottomlands Natural Resources Area master plan was completed in 2012 and guides the long term management of this property. Progress toward achieving the goals of the master plan are tracked through annual monitoring reports.


The Deer Creek Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities.

  • Birding
  • Cross country skiing (no designated trail)
  • Hiking (no designated trail)
  • Hunting
  • Snowmobiling trail
  • Trapping
  • Wild edibles/gathering
  • Wildlife viewing

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Last revised: Wednesday May 06 2020