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Kinnickinnic River South Fork Fish and Wildlife Area


The Kinnickinnic River South Fork Fish and Wildlife Area is a 269-acre property in northern Pierce County. The first property purchase occurred in 1995, with additional acquisitions still ongoing as a part of the Kinnickinnic River Fisheries Area. The property consists of grassland and riverine floodplain habitat with the South Fork of the Kinnickinnic River, a world-class trout stream, bisecting the property.

The property is located 1 mile east of River Falls. Follow State Highway 29 east out of River Falls for 1 mile. The property is on the south side of State Highway 29, with parking areas available off Highway 29 and 900th Street.

Management Objectives

The property is managed to provide opportunities for public hunting, fishing, 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. 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.


The Kinnickinnic River South Fork Fish and Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities:

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


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