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Fishing equipment for loan - contacts

Fishing Wisconsin

These are tackle loaner site 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 basic gear to get you started panfishing. The following table shows additional equipment available at some sites. Ask site contacts about specifics. Bait is not provided at any sites.

Key Locations with ...
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
James Enigl
36764 Copper Falls Road
Mellen, WI 54546
Brown County
DNR Northeast Regional Headquarters - FF, IF, FP
Steve Surendonk
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
Greg Burns
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
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

Potawatomi State Park - VM
Park Staff
3470 County Highway PD
Sturgeon Bay WI 54235

Whitefish Dunes State Park - VM
Park Staff
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
5631 Forestry Dr
Florence WI 54121
715-528-4400, ext. 5
Fond du Lac County
Kettle Moraine State Forest, Northern Unit - FF, IF, FP, VM
Joe Mares
N1765 County Road G
Campbellsport WI 53010
262-626-2116 (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 Horn)
608-725-5555 (Rick DeWitte)
Due to staffing shortages at Wyalusing, fishing gear is not available for drop-in visitor use at this time. 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.
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 or
Abby Czyscon
W8450 Buckhorn Park Ave
Necedah WI 54646
La Crosse County
Hmong Mutual Assistance Association - VM
Ka Ying Vang
1815 Ward Ave
La Crosse WI 54601
Best times to pick up gear are Monday - Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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)
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
UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences
Laura Schmidt
600 E Greenfield Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53204

Koscuiszko Community Center - VM
Brian Stewart
2201 S. 7th Street
Milwaukee WI 53215

Urban Ecology Center-Menomonee River Valley - VM
Terry Evans
3700 W. Pierce St
Milwaukee WI 53215

Urban Ecology Center-Riverside Park - FF, VM
Terry Evans
1500 East Park
Milwaukee WI 53211

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 or
Bill Bursaw
State Highway 35
St. Croix Falls WI 54024
715-483-3747 (Matthew)
Mobile: 715-431-0724
715-483-3747 (Bill)
Mobile: 715-410-4295
Price County
DNR Service Center - FP
Jeff Scheirer
875 South 4th Ave
Park Falls WI 54552
Rock County
Rock County Parks - IF
Amy Friend
3715 Newville Rd
Janesville WI 53545
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
Lois Larson
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
Washburn County
DNR Service Center - FP
Kent Bass
Highway 70 W
810 W. Maple St
Spooner WI 54801
Waukesha County
Kettle Moraine State Forest - Southern Unit - VM
Amanda Kutka or
Rebecca Peiffer
S91W39091 State Highway 59
Eagle WI 53119
Note: In summer, the gear is available daily at the Ottawa Lake Campground. Pick up a paper map at the entrance station; 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