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Goose Lake Wildlife Area

Goose Lake Wildlife Area is a 134-acre property in Scott Township in the east-central part of Burnett County, approximately 3 miles northeast of Highways A and H on Kessler Road. It lies on the north side of Goose Lake, a 62-acre landlocked seepage lake containing three state-owned islands. The uplands consist of aspen, jack pine and an 11-acre warm-season grass field.

Management Objectives

This property was conveyed to the DNR in 1959 by a U.S. government agency and was designated for public use. Presently, the 11-acre field is burned approximately every five years to maintain the warm-season grass and prairie forb plant community for grassland birds and other wildlife. Timber sales have taken place periodically on the uplands for wildlife habitat management and the harvest of forest products.


The Goose Lake Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities:

  • Birding;
  • Canoeing;
  • Cross-country skiing (no designated trail);
  • Fishing;
  • Hiking (no designated trail);
  • Hunting (pheasant 12 p.m. closure rule applies);
  • Snowshoeing;
  • Trapping;
  • Wild edibles/gathering; and
  • Wildlife viewing.


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