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Manion Wildlife Area


Manion Wildlife Area is a 158-acre property in northwestern Pierce County. The property was donated to the DNR in 2010 by the Kinnickinnic River Land Trust, in cooperation with the Kinnickinnic Chapter of Pheasants Forever, to be managed as a state wildlife area. The property consists of restored grasslands, an oak savanna and central hardwoods habitat.

Manion Wildlife Area is located 3 miles west of River Falls on the south side of County Highway FF, where a parking lot allows for easy access to the property.


The property is managed to provide opportunities for public hunting, trapping, wildlife observation and other nature-based outdoor recreation. Management objectives aim to maintain an open grassland/oak savanna community through prescribed fire, mechanical and chemical control of woody species, and limited haying and grazing. The forested portions of the property are managed to perpetuate central hardwoods to provide forested habitats for wildlife. Populations of invasive species are controlled by cutting, pulling, burning, herbicide treatment and/or bio-control.


The Manion Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities:

  • Birding;
  • Cross-country skiing (no designated trail);
  • Falconry (by permit);
  • Hiking;
  • Hunting;
  • Snowshoeing;
  • Trapping;
  • Wild edible/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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This wildlife area has been adopted by the UW River Falls - Resource Management Club.