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Big Spring Creek (Branch)

DNR Fisheries Areas

Big Spring Creek
Big Spring Creek (Branch) is a class 1 and class 2 brown trout stream in Grant and Iowa Counties that includes some upland southern hardwoods. Big Spring Creek is a specifically named and codified as an Exceptional Resource Waters (ERW). The property also includes large elevated headwaters spring, i.e., "The Big Spring".


Big Spring Creek (Branch) lands start at the junction with the Blue River in Grant County (T 7N, R 1W, section 4) and proceeds upstream to headwater springs in Iowa County (T 7N, R 1E, section 18).


Angling opportunities

Shore trout fishing

Recreational Opportunities

The fishing easement areas are basically restricted to fishing and associated activities only; the fee title lands may be used as shown below:

  • Hunting - deer, turkey, small game, & waterfowl
  • Trapping
  • Hiking
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Fishing - trout fishing with special regdulations
  • Bird watching
  • Pets
  • Berry picking


Big Spring Creek (Branch) is managed to provide a high quality scenic trout fishing opportunities, make accessible and protect the scenic amenities associated with viewing the "Big Spring,", provide for hunting opportunities and other compatible upland outdoor recreational uses.


For questions and comments contact:

Fisheries Biologist
Department of Natural Resources
1500 N Johns Street
Dodgeville WI 53533


Harry and Laura Nohr Chapter of Trout Unlimited [exit DNR]
Iowa County Land Conservation Department [exit DNR]
Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) [exit DNR]