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Chimney Rock Wildlife Area


Chimney Rock Wildlife Area is a 634-acre property in Trempealeau County. Find it 9 miles north of Independence along County Highway Y, 2 miles west of State Highway 93. The property consists of hardwood forest, marsh, grassland, and some farmland.

Management Objectives

The first land was purchased in 1959 to protect the wetland habitat that exists on the property. Since the initial purchase, Chimney Rock Wildlife Area has grown to 634 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.

For more information on master planning for this and other wildlife areas around the state, visit the property planning page.


The Chimney Rock Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities:

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


Download [PDF] a map of this property.

If you are interested in exploring this property further, you can access an interactive map.

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