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Whitman Dam Wildlife Area

Whitman Wildlife Area

Whitman Dam Wildlife Area is a 2253-acre property in Buffalo County. Find it three miles southeast of Cochrane across main river channel from Merrick State Park. Access available from Merrick State Park or at the end of Whitman Dam Road west of Kamrowski road. The property consists of floodplain forest and marshland.


The Whitman Dam Wildlife Area was established in 1965 through a donation of 1257 acres of land made to the State of Wisconsin by John Latsch in 1919. Mr. Latsch donated the land to be used by citizens of Wisconsin for outdoor recreational activities. In 1936 the US Corps of Engineers installed Lock and Dam #5 which tied into the north end of the Whitman Dam Wildlife Area. Since the construction of the dam three culverts have been installed that allow water to flow through the wildlife area. Management on the property is limited to boundary posting and fish and wildlife population surveys.

Whitman Dam Wildlife Area Master Plan[PDF]


The Whitman Dam Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities.

  • Birding
  • Cross country skiing (no designated trail)
  • Hiking (no designated trail)
  • Hunting - especially noted for rabbits, squirrels, deer, turkey and ruffed grouse
  • Trapping
  • Wild edibles/gathering
  • Wildlife viewing

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Last revised: Monday February 20 2017