Kinnickinnic River Headwaters Fish and Wildlife Area
The Kinnickinnic River Headwaters Fish and Wildlife Area is a 289-acre property located in southern St. Croix County. The first purchase for the property occurred in 1962, with additional acquisitions still ongoing as a part of the Kinnickinnic River Fisheries Area. Acquisitions were made possible through generous donations from the Kinnickinnic River Land Trust and the Kinnickinnic Chapter of Pheasants Forever. The property consists of grassland and riverine floodplain habitat with the headwaters of the Kinnickinnic River, a world class trout stream, bisecting the property. The property is managed as part of the Western Prairie Habitat Restoration Area, a landscape scale wetland and grassland restoration project.
The property is located 2 miles east of Roberts. From Exit 10 on I-94, take Highway 65 north for 1/4 mile, then travel east on 70th Avenue for 3 miles. Turn south on 150th Street for 1/4 mile. The property is on the west side of 150th Street, with parking lots located on 150th Street and 60th Avenue.
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 Headwaters Fish and Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities:
- Cross-country skiing (no designated trail);
- Falconry (by permit);
- Wild edible/gathering; and
- Wildlife viewing.
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