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Sauk Prairie State Recreation Area was once designated as an army ammunition plant Location that manufactured nitrocellulose-based propellants during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. It was the largest munitions factory in the world during World War II. The plant was declared excess to the Army's needs and has since been transferred to the state and other owners for recreation, conservation and research.

Hiking Horseback riding Hunting Trapping Snowshoeing Cross-country Skiing

Contact information
For information, contact:
Sauk Prairie State Recreation Area
S5975 Park Rd.
Baraboo, WI 53913

Wisconsin State Park System Sauk Prairie State Recreation Area

Overlook of Sauk Prairie Recreation Area.

DNR Photo


The Sauk Prairie State Recreation Area, located in southeastern Sauk County, consists of a portion of the decommissioned Badger Army Ammunition Plant.

Visitors may hunt, trap, hike, bird watch, pick mushrooms and berries, study nature, take photographs and other traditional outdoor activities. You may also drive, bike or ride horses on the roads within the complex that are open. Roads are in variable condition; some have many ruts and potholes.

The property is still undergoing demolition and clean-up work. Please be aware of closed areas and potential hazards from construction debris and demolished structures.

The recreation area is open year-round from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset. Roads are not plowed during winter.


Sauk Prairie State Recreation Area is in south-central Wisconsin just south of Devil's Lake State Park. The entrance to the recreation area is directly off of US Highway 12 about 8 miles south of Baraboo and 9 miles north of Sauk City.

Park fees

  • Vehicle admission stickers are not required.
  • Hunting licenses apply.


Park map

Park planning

Last revised: Wednesday January 17 2018