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Leola Marsh Wildlife Area

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Leola Wildlife Area

Leola Marsh Wildlife Area is an 1,860-acre property located 15 miles southeast of Wisconsin Rapids. It can be accessed from county highways D and W. The wildlife area is predominately non-native cool season grassland that formerly was marsh that had been drained with the many drainage ditches dug in the first part of the 1900s.

Management objective

The wildlife area sits in the heart of the area first studied by the Hamerstroms on the prairie chicken. It is in the southern portion of Wisconsin's prairie chicken range. The property was purchased to protect the grassland habitat for the prairie chicken.

To maintain the open grassland landscape needed by prairie chickens and other grassland wildlife, management techniques like prescribed burns, pasturing and mowing are utilized.

Leola Marsh Master Plan (1982) [PDF]


The Leola Marsh Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities.

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

Download [PDF] a 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: Tuesday March 24 2020