St. Croix Wetland Management District

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St. Croix Wetland Management District

Wisconsin

(715) 246-7784

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Overview

The St. Croix Wetland Management District is one of two wetland districts managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Wisconsin. The District was established in 1974 and includes Barron, Burnett, Dunn, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, St. Croix and Washburn Counties. It manages 41 Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs) totaling 7,700 acres and is also responsible for the management of 15 easements that protect wildlife habitat on private land. The District emphasizes waterfowl production and ensures the preservation of habitat for migratory birds, threatened and endangered native species and resident wildlife. The landscape of the St. Croix Wetland Management District transitions from the bluffs of the Mississippi River to prairie potholes to northern forest. The prairie pothole portion of the District is dotted with thousands of small wetlands, created by glaciers. Prior to settlement, this area was a paradise for waterfowl, bobolinks, meadowlarks, upland sandpipers and other prairie wildlife. When the first European settlers arrived in west central Wisconsin, in what is now St. Croix and Polk Counties, they found over 200,000 acres of tallgrass prairie, wetlands and oak savanna. This complex of prairie, wetlands and oak savanna was very productive, both for wildlife and for farming. While WPAs are managed primarily for ducks and geese, they also provide habitat for a variety of other wildlife species including non-game grassland birds, shorebirds, wading birds and resident wildlife.

Map of St. Croix Wetland Management District

Latitude, Longitude: 45.117388, -92.608824

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Activities

  • Boating

    Use of motor vehicles and motorized watercraft, except by permit, or in designated parking areas and public roads is NOT permitted.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is permitted on Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs) in compliance with state laws. Be sure to read up on Wisconsin state fishing regulations and obtain a license before your trip.

  • Hiking

    Hiking is permitted and trails are open year-round.

  • Hunting

    Hunting and trapping are permitted except where posted "Closed". Both activities are subject to all applicable state and federal laws. Small game hunters using shotguns are required to use and possess only approved non-toxic shot during the hunting season. Firearms may only be used during hunting seasons.

    The use of nails, wire, screws, or bolts to attach a stand to a tree or hunting from a tree into which a metal object has been driven to support a hunter are NOT permitted. Portable or temporary hunting blinds or stands must be removed at the end of each day's hunt.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Wildlife observation, study and photography are permitted. Wildlife common to the district include waterfowl, shorebirds, grassland and forest songbirds, deer, otter, mink, muskrat, and wild turkey.

  • Winter Sports

    Cross country skiing is permitted and trails are open during winter months.

Directions

Driving

The district office is located midway between New Richmond and Somerset, Wisconsin, 0.5 mile south of Highway 64 on 95th Street. A white "U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service" arrow in the road ditch on Highway 64 points to 95th Street. At the entry road, you will be greeted by a St. Croix Wetland Management District sign.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(715) 246-7784

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