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Emerald Valley Wildlife Area

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Emerald Valley Wildlife Area is a 156-acre property located in east-central St. Croix County. The property was donated to the DNR from the Kinnickinnic Chapter of Pheasants Forever in 2005 to be managed as a state wildlife area. The property consists of restored grasslands (139 acres) and a small northern hardwoods woodlot (17 acres).

The property is located 9 miles northeast of Baldwin. Follow Highway 63 north out of Baldwin, then turn east on 160th Avenue for approximately 1.5 miles. The property is located on the north side of 160th Avenue, where a parking lot allows for easy access to the property.

Management

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. The forested portions of the property are managed to perpetuate northern hardwoods cover type to provide forested habitat for wildlife. 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.

Recreation

The Emerald Valley Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities:

  • Birding;
  • Cross-country skiing (no designated trail);
  • Falconry (by permit);
  • Hiking;
  • Hunting;
  • Snowshoeing;
  • Trapping;
  • Wild edible/gathering; and
  • Wildlife viewing.
Maps

Download [PDF] a map of this property.

Download [PDF] an aerial view of this property.

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