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Borst Valley Wildlife Area



Borst Valley Wildlife Area is a 1,343-acre property in Trempealeau County. Find it 7 miles northwest of Independence at the intersection of County Highway V and County Highway VV. The property consists of upland hardwoods, marshland and grassland.

Management Objectives

The first land was purchased in 1968, and it was officially established as a state wildlife area in 1979. Since the initial purchase, the Borst Valley has grown to 1,343 acres. The property has been actively managed through land acquisition, timber harvesting, tree and shrub plantings, grassland plantings, establishment of hunter walking trails and wetland development.


The Borst Valley Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities:

  • Birding;
  • Cross-country skiing (no designated trail);
  • Fishing (trout);
  • Hiking (no designated trail);
  • Hunting (especially noted for rabbits, squirrels, deer, turkey, ruffed grouse and stocked pheasants);
  • Trapping;
  • Wild edibles/gathering; and
  • Wildlife viewing.


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