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Tiffany Wildlife Area

Tiffany Wildlife Area is a 13,000-acre property in Buffalo County. Tiffany Wildlife Area has a diversity and abundance of wildlife habitat on more than 13,000 acres. The area contains one of the state's largest, contiguous bottomland hardwood forests. Beaver dams on sloughs and old river meanders create a maze of ponds and wetlands. Timber harvests help maintain aspen and oak in a diverse pattern of size and age classes. This variety in woodland composition and structure provides food and shelter for a wide variety of wildlife including deer, ruffed grouse and beaver. Dead trees with dens are left to provide wildlife homes. Oaks with superior potential for producing acorns are preserved to provide high energy wildlife food.

Find it 45 minutes south of Eau Claire and 90 minutes north of La Crosse. It is located along the Chippewa River between Nelson and Durand, west of State Highway 25 and mostly north of State Highway 35. About 1/6 of the property lies west of the Chippewa River in Pepin County. The rest lies east of the Chippewa River in Buffalo County.

Management Objectives

DNR staff periodically mow and use controlled burning to maintain meadow and grassland habitat at Tiffany Wildlife Area for waterfowl nesting cover and a number of other upland birds. Burning also maintains native prairie and savannah plants that existed before white settlement.


The Tiffany Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities:

  • Birding;
  • Camping;
  • Canoeing/rafting;
  • Cross-country skiing (no designated trail);
  • Hiking (no designated trail);
  • Hunting (especially noted for deer, ruffed grouse, turkey, squirrel and waterfowl);
  • Trapping (a beaver/otter closed area exists — check map for details);
  • Wild edibles/gathering; and
  • Wildlife viewing.
Camping Permits
Camping is available at Tiffany Wildlife Area by permit only. Campsites are primitive with no developed sites available. Camping with water and electricity is also available nearby at the Holden Park Campground [Exit DNR].

To camp at Tiffany Wildlife Area, download, complete and mail or email a copy of the Tiffany State Wildlife Area Special Camp Registration Form [PDF]. Retain the original with you at your campsite, posted on the dash of each vehicle in your party.

Mail the form to:

Wisconsin DNR
PO Box 88
Alma, WI 54610

or send the form as an email to Mark Rasmussen.


Download maps of this property — northern map [PDF] and southern map [PDF]

If you are interested in exploring this property further, you can access an interactive map.

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