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Highway 144 Wildlife Area

Highway 144 Wildlife Area is a 33-acre parcel that is located on Highway 144 approximately 1.2 miles south of Highway 33 in the West Bend Township (T.11N R.19E. Sec 20). The property is adjacent to Gilbert Lake and is mostly wetlands with 11 acres of agricultural fields.

The property was purchased in 1995 to protect and enhance the warm water fish spawning and nursing habitat in Gilbert Lake.

Since being purchased, the property has been managed to produce cover that can be used by wildlife in order to provide hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities.

Management Objectives

Current management practices focus on monitoring the invasive species on the property in order to prevent their spread. Herbicide treatment is used to control the targeted species.

Future management is directed toward creating permanent cover on the entire property to enhance and protect its value to fish and wildlife.

There is no parking lot to this parcel. Parking along town, county and state road right-of-ways is regulated by local municipalities, state and county highway departments (consult those authorities for any parking restrictions).

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


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


If you are interested in exploring this property further, you can find it on this interactive map.

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