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South Beaver Creek Wildlife Area


South Beaver Creek Wildlife Area is a 1,000-acre property located west of Melrose in western Jackson County. The property consists of upland hardwood forest with a large impoundment of water and some smaller scrapes. South Beaver Creek runs through the property.

Access can be gained along County Highway D, Erickson Road, South Buckholz Road and Lee School Road.

Management Objectives

The first land parcel for South Beaver Creek Wildlife Area was purchased in 1959. The land had previously been ditched to provide farming opportunities. South Beaver Creek was the first official release site of turkeys in Jackson County.

Current management consists of land acquisition, sharecropping, put-and-take pheasant stocking, tree and shrub planting and timber management.

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


The South Beaver Creek Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities:

  • Birding;
  • Cross-country skiing (no designated trail);
  • Fishing;
  • Hiking (no designated trail);
  • Hunting (especially noted for waterfowl, deer, turkey, pheasant and bear);
  • Trapping;
  • Wild edibles/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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