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Scuppernong River Habitat 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.

Scuppernong River Habitat Area is a 2013-acre property (1725 acres owned, 288 leased) in Waukesha County. The property consists of wetlands, wet prairie, mesic prairie, and hardwood forest. Scuppernong creek flows through property.

The property is located within the Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit 1 mile northwest of Eagle in Waukesha County. Access is off of STH 59, STH 67, CTH N, and CTH ZZ.


Scuppernong is the largest wet prairie east the Mississippi River. Kettle Moraine Low Prairie State Natural Area and Scuppernong Prairie State Natural Area are located within its boundaries. Many rare plants, birds, and invertebrates are located here. In the last 15 years controlled burns and brush cutting have opened up the landscape and many sedge meadow and wet prairie species have reasserted themselves. The landscape seen here by early settlers is slowly returning. Hunting/viewing opportunities include pheasants, deer, small game, turkey, furbearers and sandhill cranes.


The Scuppernong River Habitat Area offers many recreational opportunities.

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

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

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Last revised: Wednesday May 06 2020