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Jackson Marsh Wildlife Area


Jackson Marsh Wildlife Area is a 2,312-acre property located in eastern Washington County north of Highway 60. Find it from the intersection of Highway 45 and Highway 60 near the village of Jackson. Go east on Highway 60 for 3 miles, then north on County Highway G, which bisects the wildlife area. The property is comprised mostly of forested wetland surrounded by grasslands, croplands, scattered ponds and wetlands, feeder streams and small woodlots.



Jackson Marsh was approved as a state wildlife area in 1952 because of its value for wildlife and the hunting opportunities close to the Milwaukee area. Land acquisition has proceeded slowly since then, with 2,300 acres now under state ownership. The core of the property is the 1,571-acre Jackson Swamp Natural Area consisting of lowland hardwoods, cedar and tamarack. Around the perimeter of the woodland, two areas have been developed as dike flowage areas, and several additional potholes have been constructed. Upland fields, previously farmed, have been planted to trees and permanent grassland or are sharecropped to provide wildlife food and cover.

Management objective

Pheasants are stocked for hunting twice each week during the first part of the pheasant season and once per week later in the season. Pheasant hunting is prohibited after 2 p.m. beginning the third day of the season through Nov. 3 (except on weekends).

Refuges "Closed Area" boundaries are posted by yellow signs. No hunting or trapping is permitted in these areas. Walk-through is permitted on state land within a closed area provided all bows are unstrung or cased and all firearms are unloaded and cased. Do not enter private land without permission (including retrieving game).

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


The Jackson Marsh Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities:

  • Birding;
  • Cross-country skiing (no designated trail);
  • Dog training (class II);
  • Fishing;
  • Hiking (no designated trail);
  • Hunting;
    • Archery and firearm hunting are allowed on most of the property. The main huntable species are pheasants (2 p.m. closure rules apply), deer and turkeys, but waterfowl, mourning doves, raccoons, mink, muskrats, coyotes, woodcock, cottontails, squirrels and other small game can also be found.
    • Portable tree stands may be used provided they do not damage trees. They must be completely removed from the property at the close of hunting hours each day.
    • Private lands (posted with white signs) may be leased each year to provide additional public hunting and fishing opportunities. Other activities (including trapping, vehicle access, damaging trees and dog training) etc. are prohibited on Leased Public Hunting lands without the landowner's permission.
  • Wheel chair accessible blind [PDF];
  • Snowmobiles (only permitted on the designated snowmobile trail near Highway G);
  • Trapping;
  • Wild edibles/gathering; and
  • Wildlife viewing.

Note: Please do not block access to gates. Target shooting (including paint ball guns), overnight camping, overnight parking, off-road vehicle use, open fires, stocking or releasing any wild or domestic animals, ATVs, bikes and horses are prohibited.


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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