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Evansville Wildlife Area and Allen Creek Streambank Protection 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.

Evansville Wildlife Area is located south and east of the City of Evansville in Rock County. It currently contains 707-acres of state owned, 100 acres of easements and 40 acres of leased lands. The DNR also owns 223 acres of streambank protection land along Allen Creek immediately west of the wildlife area and west of State highway 213.

A significant amount of leased private lands, over 8,500 acres, is available for public hunting south and east of the Evansville Wildlife Area. These leased lands are part of a six decade effort to provide hunting opportunities in northwest Rock County. For additional details on these lands refer to the Footville Public Hunting Grounds.

The property contains 704 acres of state owned marsh immediately south of the city of Evansville, 240 acres of state owned stream bank protection land and 4600 acres of private land leased for public hunting in Union, Porter, Magnolia and Center townships. The state marsh is native wet prairie, canary grass, giant ragweed and sedges surrounded by 160 acres of planted native grass and 230 acres of cropland planted to corn, soybeans, sunflower and hay. There is over 1.5 miles of trout stream and numerous drainage ditches on the area. Maintenance on the wildlife area has been adopted by the Rock River Valley Chapter of Pheasants Forever.


The Evansville Wildlife Area was established in 1960 and is home to many grassland birds including pheasants, bobwhites, upland sandpipers, harriers and dickcissels. Prescribed burning and farming are the two most common management practices on the area. Pheasants and doves are the two most common species hunted there.

Sugar River Planning Group Master Plan and Environmental Assessment And Footville Public Hunting Grounds Feasibility Study [PDF]
DNR PUB-LF-083 2016


The Evansville Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities.

  • Birding
  • Cross country skiing (no designated trail)
  • Fishing
  • Hiking (no designated trail)
  • Hunting - especially noted for pheasants
  • Trapping
  • Wild edibles/gathering
  • Wildlife viewing

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Last revised: Wednesday May 06 2020