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Deer Creek Wildlife Area


Deer Creek Wildlife Area is located in northeast Waupaca and northwest Outagamie counties in the townships of Deer Creek and Matteson. The wildlife area is approximately 1,500 acres in size.

The property is comprised of rolling uplands of fine sand, which surround a central peat bog. Open fields, swamp conifer, lowland shrub, bog, pine plantations and aspen/oak forests make up the habitat types of the land. The wildlife area drains to the Embarrass River, which is 2 miles to the west. The Wolf River lies to the east of the property.

Find Deer Creek Wildlife Area 5 miles west of Leeman off of Highway F. There are three parking areas providing access to the property. Two are located on County Highway I near Hanson Road and the other is found on the corner of Birch Road. There is an easement on the end of Spruce Road providing access to the property.

Management Objectives

The Deer Creek Wildlife Area is managed to provide opportunities for public hunting, trapping and other outdoor recreation while protecting the qualities of the unique native communities and associated species found on the property. Current management objectives include maintaining and protecting the open bog and black-spruce-tamarack forest through water level maintenance. The aspen and oak cover types are maintained were currently found and opportunities to regenerate both types are pursued through timber management. Where feasible, populations of invasive species are controlled or eliminated by cutting, pulling, burning, herbicide treatment and/or bio-control.

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


The Deer Creek Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities:

  • Birding;
  • Cross-country skiing (no designated trail);
  • Hiking (no designated trail);
  • Hunting;
  • Snowmobiling trail;
  • Trapping;
  • Wild edibles/gathering; and
  • Wildlife viewing.


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