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Blue River

DNR Fisheries Areas

Blue River is a class 2 trout stream in Grant and Iowa Counties near the Snow Bottoms Natural Area. The Blue River is a specifically named and codified as an Exceptional Resource Waters (ERW).


The Blue River lands start at the junction with Castle Rock Creek (aka Fennimore Fork of Blue River) in Grant County (T 8N, R 1W, section 29) and proceed upstream to headwater springs in Iowa County (T 6N, R 1E, section 22).


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 regulations
  • Bird watching
  • Pets
  • Berry picking


The Blue River Fishery Area is managed to provide a high quality scenic trout fishing opportunities, protect adjacent uplands for scenic amenities associated with fishing, hunting, and other compatible upland outdoor recreational uses, and protect the Snow Bottom Natural Area.


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]