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Loon Lake 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.

Loon Lake Wildlife Area

Loon Lake Wildlife Area is a 3,123-acre property located mostly in Barron County with a small portion in Polk County. It consists of rolling upland oak, maple and aspen forest, grass fields, waterfowl flowages, pothole lakes, lowland brush and the Apple River.

Find it four miles north of Turtle Lake or four miles south of Cumberland. From Turtle Lake, go north on Highway 63 for three miles to 16th Avenue. Turn west onto 16th Avenue and go one-half mile, then head north on 3/4 1st Street for one and one-half mile. From Cumberland, head south on Highway 63 for approximately four miles. Just south of Comstock, head west on 18 1/2 - 19 1/2 Avenue. Part of the property is within a half mile of Highway 63. The rest of the property is two and one-half miles west, south of 19 1/2 Avenue.


Loon Lake Wildlife Area was established in the 1960s for waterfowl and forest wildlife management. Ducks, geese, deer, ruffed grouse, woodcock, gray squirrels, black bear and furbearers are the main species of interest for hunting or wildlife viewing. A large concentration of sandhill cranes can be seen on cropfields on the west side of the property in the fall.

Over 100 acres of flowages have been developed along with small dug potholes for waterfowl management. Approximately 600 acres of grassland habitat developed for waterfowl and grassland birds is burned and mowed periodically to maintain habitat quality. An extensive trail system is maintained for walking hunter access and wildlife viewing.

Interim Forest Management Plan (2014) [PDF]


The Loon Lake Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities.

  • Birding
  • Cross country skiing (no designated trail)
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting - especially noted for waterfowl
  • Snowmobiling trail (on the west side only to connect with county trail system)
  • Trapping - especially noted for beaver, muskrats and otter
  • Wild edibles/gathering
  • Wildlife viewing

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Last revised: Wednesday May 06 2020