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Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area

Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area is located about 10 miles west of Rhinelander in the Town of Woodboro. It consists of about 3,000 acres with a variety of upland forests with six small lakes. The forests are mostly aspen and white birch with areas of red oak, red maple and white pine.

The lakes are small, shallow and contain no game fish. An extensive logging road network runs through the property, but access is limited to high clearance and four-wheel drive vehicles. ATVs are only allowed on the designated ATV trail.

The Roe Lake-Stag Lake Unit occurs about 3 miles south of the main Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area. This 500-acre area contains about half the frontage on Roe and Stag Lakes. The habitat is mostly aspen forest with some pine and hardwoods throughout. Hunting and trapping are allowed. The property is accessible from the north on US Highway 8. You can also walk to the property from Spring Creek Road about a half-mile south of the property. Due to limited road access, most of the property is accessible by foot travel only. No ATVs are allowed.

Management Objectives

The property was purchased from a paper company in 1999 as part of the "Great Addition." The main feature is the group of undeveloped, small lakes with scattered areas of old pine and oak forest.

Today, the area is managed with commercial timber sales to provide a wide variety of forest habitats. The whole property is open for hunting and trapping.


The Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities:

  • Auto travel (high clearance and four-wheel drive vehicles, no ATVs);
  • Birding;
  • Camping is allowed between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31 [PDF];
  • Canoeing;
  • Cross-country skiing (no designated trail);
  • Hiking (no designated trail);
  • Hunting;
  • Snowmobiling trail;
  • Trapping;
  • Wild edibles/gathering; and
  • Wildlife viewing.


Download maps of this property:

Camping is allowed between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31. See camping guidelines [PDF]

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

Adopt a Fish or Wildlife Area


This wildlife area has been adopted by the Ruffed Grouse Society.