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Lewiston Marsh Public Hunting Grounds

Lewiston Marsh Public Hunting Grounds

Lewiston Marsh Public Hunting Grounds is a 153-acre property located in Columbia County. Find it approximately 3 miles west of Portage on Highway O. Access by parking in the lot on Highway O and walk in on the trail in the marked right-of-way. The property consists of approximately 93 acres of wetland and 60 wooded acres.


The habitat management of this property aims to promote pre-settlement plant communities and improve the quality of wildlife habitat. This property is primarily passively managed, although prescribed burns and other disturbance measures may be utilized to keep the shub-carr proponent of the marsh in check. Aspen will be managed in a young state to benefit woodcock and grouse.

The Natural Resources Board approved a new master plan in December 2012 for this property as well as 19 other state fish and wildlife properties and associated state natural areas. These properties are mostly within Columbia County, but portions lie within Dane, Marquette and Sauk counties.

Columbia County Planning Group Master Plan [PDF]
DNR PUB-LF-066 2013

The Lewiston Marsh Public Hunting Grounds offers many recreational opportunities.

  • Hunting (zone 3 for turkey)
  • Trapping
  • Hiking (no designated trail)
  • Birding
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Cross-country skiing

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: Monday February 20 2017