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Hay Creek-Hoffman Lake Wildlife Area

COVID-19 Update

In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, please visit our COVID-19 information webpage for the most up to date information on property access, building closures, camping cancellations, event cancellations and more.

Shooting Range Closed

In light of COVID-19, the Hay Creek-Hoffman Lake shooting range is closed for the duration of the public health emergency. We apologize for any inconvenience this evolving situation has caused you.

Hay Creek-Hoffman Lake Wildlife Area

Overlook of Hay Creek Flowage

Hay Creek-Hoffman Lake Wildlife Area is a 13,800-acre property located 8 miles northeast of Park Falls in Ashland and Iron Counties. The property is heavily timbered with aspen, northern hardwoods and lowland conifer.

Find this wildlife area by traveling east of Park Falls on state highway 182 for 6 miles. Take Blockhouse Lake Road north to reach Hay Creek-Hoffman Lake Wildlife Area.

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This project was initiated as part of the "deer yard" acquisition program. In 1946 a large block of land was purchased from the Wisconsin Realty Corporation. The majority of the remaining purchases occurred since the early 60's. Present ownership is nearly 14,000 acres with an overall project goal of 16,317 acres.

Management Objective

Today, this property is primarily managed for whitetail deer, ruffed grouse, woodcock and bears. Commercial timber harvest is the main habitat management tool and follows a harvest prescription designed to meet project goals while being silviculturally sound.

This area also has a vast network of gated hunter walking trails and wildlife openings. In addition to hunting and trapping activities, great berry picking, off trail snowshoeing, birding and wildlife watching opportunities exist.

Interim Forest Management Plan (2014) [PDF]


The Hay Creek-Hoffman Lake Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities.

  • Auto travel
  • Birding
  • Canoeing
  • Cross country skiing (no designated trail)
  • Fishing
  • Hiking (gated hunter walking trails)
  • Hunting
  • Snowshoeing (no designated trail)
  • Target range (Public range offering 50 and 100 yard targets. Whitetails Unlimited [exit DNR] has an annual youth event at the range.)
  • Trapping
  • Wild edibles/gathering
  • Wildlife viewing

Download [PDF] a general map of this property.

Download [PDF] a detailed road and trail map of this property.

If you are interested in exploring this property further, you can access an interactive map.

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Last revised: Wednesday March 25 2020