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Dell 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.

Dell Creek Wildlife Area

Dell Creek Wildlife Area is a 2,557-acre property located in Sauk County. Find it 7 miles northeast of Reedsburg and 7.5 miles west of Wisconsin Dells on Highway H. Scattered properties along Dell Creek. The property is comprised mostly of grasslands, forest, trout streams, farmland and savanna.


A department management project began on Dell Creek in the early 1950s as a fishery restoration initiative to address soil erosion, siltation and other fishery habitat quality problems. The Bureau of Wildlife Management assumed management responsibility for the property when purchasing larger blocks of land became necessary to protect the stream. Subsequently, in 1971, the Dell Creek property was designated as a wildlife area with both fisheries and wildlife management objectives. The Dell Creek Wildlife Area boundary stretches along about 10 miles of Dell Creek, Sauk County's longest trout stream.

The Mirror Lake State Park and Dell Creek State Wildlife Area master plan was completed in 2003 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 Dell Creek Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities.

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

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Last revised: Wednesday May 06 2020