Bierbrauer Wildlife Area
Bierbrauer Wildlife Area is a 65-acre property located in northern St. Croix County. The property was purchased in 1974 to protect the large shallow lake wetland (46 acres) found on the property. The property is surrounded by restored prairie and oak savanna habitat, providing excellent recreational opportunities for hunting, fishing, trapping and wildlife watching. The property is embedded in a 274-acre U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Waterfowl Production Area that provides excellent grassland habitat for upland game. The property is managed as part of the Western Prairie Habitat Restoration Area, a landscape scale wetland and grassland restoration project.
The property is located 5 miles north of New Richmond and 2 miles east of Star Prairie. Follow Highway 65 north out of New Richmond, then take County Highway H east 2.5 miles, then north half a mile on County Highway CC. The property is on the west side of CC. A large parking lot is available on 235th Street, located on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Waterfowl Protection Area.
The property is managed to provide opportunities for public hunting, trapping, wildlife observation and other nature-based outdoor recreation. Management objectives aim to maintain an open grassland community through prescribed fire, mechanical and chemical control of woody species and limited haying and grazing. Populations of invasive species are controlled or eliminated by cutting, pulling, burning, herbicide treatment and/or bio-control.
Bierbrauer Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities:
- Cross-country skiing (no designated trail);
- Falconry (by permit);
- Wild edible/gathering; and
- Wildlife viewing.
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