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Fishing equipment for loan - contacts

Fishing Wisconsin

These are tackle loaner locations and contact listings in Wisconsin, arranged by county. To locate the site nearest you or where you plan to fish, scroll down the page to find a county that suits you.

Please return the loaner equipment in the condition you would like it to be when you borrow it.

Available equipment

All tackle loaner sites have the essential gear to get you started panfishing. The following table shows additional equipment available at some locations. Ask site contacts about specifics. Bait is not provided at any sites.

Key Locations with Specific Equipment
FF fly fishing equipment
IF ice fishing jig poles
FP educational Fish Packs [PDF]
VM volunteers needed for gear maintenance

Tackle loaner sites by county

Ashland County
Copper Fall State Park - IF
James Enigl
36764 Copper Falls Road
Mellen, WI 54546
Brown County
DNR Northeast Regional Headquarters - FF, IF, FP
Kayla Sasse
2984 Shawano Ave
Green Bay WI 54307
Buffalo County
Merrick State Park - FF, IF
Justin Wershofen
S2965 State Road 35
Fountain City, WI 54629
Burnett County
Crex Meadows Wildlife Area Visitor Center
Lauren Finch
102 E. Crex Avenue
Grantsburg WI 54840
Calumet County
High Cliff State Park - FP, VM
Nathan Jacques
N7630 State Park Rd
Sherwood WI 54169
Chippewa County
Brunet Island State Park - IF
Zach Thon
23125 255th St
Cornell WI 54732
Lake Wissota State Park
Nathan Fries
18127 County Highway O
Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
Dane County
DNR – Fitchburg Service Center
Kim Chroninger
3911 Fish Hatchery Rd
Fitchburg, WI 53711
DNR - Darwin Road Facility - Not open to the public
Cal Sinclair
Note: Only fly rods at this site. No other loaner gear is available here.
Contact Cal Sinclair for the address when you call to arrange to pick up the gear. 

Warner Park Community Recreation Center
Carie Abarca
1625 Northport Drive
Madison WI 53704

Door County
Peninsula State Park - VM
Jennifer Birkholz 
9462 Shore Rd
Fish Creek WI 54212
920-868-1941 (Jennifer)

Potawatomi State Park - VM
Morgan Pelnar
3470 County Highway PD
Sturgeon Bay WI 54235
Mobile: 920-365-6327

Whitefish Dunes State Park - VM
Sarah Stepanik
3275 Clark Lake Rd
Sturgeon Bay WI 54235
Douglas County
DNR Service Center - FF, VM
Paul Piszczek
1701 N 4th St
Superior WI 54880
Eau Claire County
DNR West Central Regional Headquarters - FP, VM
Matt Simonson or
Joseph Gerbyshak
1300 Clairemont Ave
Eau Claire WI 54702
715-839-3733 (Matt)
715-461-0191 (Joseph)
Florence County
DNR Service Center/UW-Extension Office - IF, VM
Greg Matzke or
Tierany Rugg
5631 Forestry Dr
Florence WI 54121
715-528-4400, ext. 122 (Greg)
715-528-4480, ext. 5 (Tierany)
Fond du Lac County
Kettle Moraine State Forest, Northern Unit - FF, IF, FP, VM
Kenneth Costa
N1765 County Road G
Campbellsport WI 53010
920-533-8322 (Ice Age Visitor Center)
Grant County
Wyalusing State Park
Chuck Horn or
Rick DeWitte
13081 State Park Lane
Bagley WI 53801-9737
608-822-5145 (Chuck)
608-725-5555 (Rick)
Due to staffing shortages at Wyalusing, fishing gear is unavailable for drop-in visitor use. Group leaders or teachers wanting to use the equipment for organized outings must make prior arrangements with our partners, the Grant County Outdoor Sports Alliance (GCOSA).
We are grateful to the GCOSA for their help.
Iowa County
Governor Dodge State Park - VM
Matt Seguin
4175 HWY 23 N
Dodgeville WI 53533
Jackson County
DNR Service Center - FF, IF, VM
Howie Schmidt
910 State Highway 54 East
Black River Falls, WI 54615
Juneau County
Buckhorn State Park - FF, IF, FP, VM
Heather Wolf
W8450 Buckhorn Park Ave
Necedah WI 54646
Kenosha County
Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Fisheries Unit - FF, IF *
Emily Jacobson or
James Luecht
26313 Burlington Rd
Kansasville WI 53139
*Also have fly-tying vices
La Crosse County
DNR Service Center - FP, VM
Evan Sniadajewski
3550 Mormon Coulee Rd
La Crosse WI 54601
Langlade County
DNR Service Center - FF, VM
Dave Seibel or
Taylor Curran
223 E. Steinfest Rd
Antigo WI 54409
715-623-4190, ext.3112 (Dave)
715-623-4190, ext.3116 (Taylor)
Lincoln County
Council Grounds State Park - FF, IF
Sarah Gilbert
N1895 Council Grounds Dr
Merrill WI 54452
Mobile: 715-351-9035
Manitowoc County
Point Beach State Forest
Erin Dembski
9400 County Highway O
Two Rivers WI 54241
Marathon County
DNR Service Center
Timothy Parks
5301 Rib Mountain Dr
Wausau WI 54401
Marinette County
DNR Service Center - FF, FP
Cory Wienandt
101 N. Ogden Rd
Peshtigo WI 54157
Milwaukee County
Urban Ecology Center-Washington Park - IF, VM Terry Evans
1859 N. 40th St
Milwaukee WI 53208
Oneida County
DNR Service Center - IF, FP
Chad Leanna
107 Sutliff Ave
Rhinelander WI 54501
DNR Service Center - Musky Gear Specialty
Tim Tobias
8770 County Hwy J
Woodruff, WI 54568
715-356-5211, ext. 231
Ozaukee County
Harrington Beach State Park - VM
Andi Schultz or
Available Staff
531 Highway D
Belgium WI 53004
Polk County
Interstate State Park - FF, FP, VM
Matthew Densow 
State Highway 35
St. Croix Falls WI 54024
715-483-3747 (Matthew)
Mobile: 715-431-0724
Price County
DNR Service Center - FP
Kendal Patrie
875 South 4th Ave
Park Falls, WI 54552
St. Croix County
DNR Service Center - FP, IF
Kasey Yallaly
890 Spruce St
Baldwin WI 54002
Willow River State Park - IF
Aaron Mason
1034 County Hwy A
Hudson WI 54016
Sauk County
Devil's Lake State Park - IF, VM
Sue Johansen-Mayoleth
S5975 Park Rd
Baraboo WI 53913
608-356-8301 ext. 140
Mirror Lake State Park - IF, VM
Becky Green
E10320 Fern Dell Rd
Baraboo WI 53913
Sawyer County
DNR Service Center - FF, IF
Scott Braden
10220 North State Highway 27 South
Hayward WI 54843
715-634-7428 ext.3508
Sheboygan County
Kohler-Andrae State Park - VM
Sara Crook
1020 Beach Park Ln
Sheboygan WI 53081
Trempealeau County
Perrot State Park - IF, VM
Justin Wershofen
W 26247 Sullivan Rd
Trempealeau WI 54661
Vernon County
Wildcat Mountain State Park - VM
Andy Haffele
Christina Lake
E13660 State Highway 33
Ontario WI 54651
Vilas County
Northern Highland American Legion State Forest - VM
Crystal Lake Visitor Center
Chanice Pitzke
3237 Crystal Lake Road
Boulder Junction, WI 54512
Walworth County
Big Foot Beach State Park
Sarah Wolski
1452 S Wells Street
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
Washburn County
DNR Service Center - FP
Kent Bass
Highway 70 W
810 W. Maple St
Spooner WI 54801
Washington County
Kettle Moraine State Forest-Pike Lake Unit - VM
Justin Blindert
3544 Kettle Moraine Rd
Hartford WI 53027
Waukesha County
Kettle Moraine State Forest - Southern Unit - VM
Olivia Boeck or
Amanda Kutka
S91W39091 State Highway 59
Eagle WI 53119
262-470-7540 (Olivia)
262-594-6200 (Amanda)
Note: In summer, gear is available daily at the Ottawa Lake Campground. Please pick up a paper map at the entrance station and follow it and the brown park signs to the campground.
Waupaca County
Hartman Creek State Park - VM
Jarrod Kehring
N2480 Hartman Creek Rd
Waupaca WI 54981
Waushara County
DNR Service Center - FF, IF
Scott Bunde
427 E. Tower Ave
Wautoma WI 54982
Winnebago County
DNR Service Center - FF, FP, - VM
Jason Kohls
635 E. County Rd Y, Suite 700
Oshkosh WI 54901
Wood County
DNR Service Center
Jennifer Bergman
473 Griffith Ave
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494