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Colburn Wildlife Area


Colburn Wildlife Area is a 4,965 acre property located in north-central Adams County near the Waushara County border. It is about 13 miles northeast of Friendship and 22 miles southeast of Wisconsin Rapids. Access points are off County Highways C and G and Chicago Avenue. The property consists of mainly lowland brush and sedge marsh with areas of aspen and oak forest scattered throughout. Carter Creek passes through the middle of the property.

Management Objectives

The majority of the wildlife area was purchased in 1947 for its value to forest wildlife. Management on the property has been geared to maintaining the forested oak areas and providing different age classes of aspen.

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


The Colburn Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities:

  • Birding;
  • Cross-country skiing (no designated trail);
  • Hiking (no designated trail);
  • Hunting;
  • 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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