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Grassy Lake Wildlife Area

Grassy Lake Wildlife Area is a 380-acre property located in Barron County. Find it by going east of Cumberland on Highway B for 3.25 miles. Turn north on 10th Street and go 1 mile. The property is northeast. The property can also be accessed from 11th Street on the east side. There is a gated trail on each end of the property.

The property consists of rolling oak, aspen, maple forest and small lakes.


The property was established in the 1980s to protect the many small, connected "chain lakes," as well as to provide recreational hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities.

Today, Grassy Lake has periodic timber sales to improve forest habitat for game and non-game species. The Ruffed Grouse Society improved the trail system to provide better access for forest management and hunting.

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


The Grassy Lake Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities:

  • Birding;
  • Cross-country skiing (no designated trail);
  • Hiking;
  • Hunting (especially noted for waterfowl, deer, black bear, ruffed grouse, squirrel and rabbits);
  • 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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