Wildlife & Natural Areas
There are 9 State Wildlife Areas in the GHA encompassing more than 25,000 acres of high quality hunting, trapping and wildlife watching opportunities. These properties host an array of grassland, wetland and wooded habitats that are popular destinations for deer, turkey, pheasant, duck and small game hunting. They also offer exceptional bird-watching during the spring and fall migrations.
These areas will be expanded to protect and restore native habitat and offer public hunting, trapping and other rustic outdoor recreation options.
- Deansville WA
- Goose Lake WA
- Jefferson Marsh WA
- Koshkonong WA
- Lake Mills WA
- Lima Marsh WA
- Prince's Point WA
- Rome Pond WA
- Storr's Lakev WA
- Waterloo-Mud Lake WA
There are 18 State Natural Areas in the GHA which represent outstanding examples of Wisconsin's native landscape of natural communities, significant geological formations, and archeological sites. These are a valuable for research and educational use, the preservation of genetic and biological diversity, and for providing benchmarks for determining the impact of use on managed lands.
- Allen Creek Wetlands SNA (private)
- Ancient Aztalan Village SNA (within Aztalan State Park)
- Bean Lake SNA (within Lake Mills State Wildlife Area)
- Chub Lake Oak Savanna SNA (within Waterloo-Mud Lake State Wildlife Area)
- Chub/Mud Lake Riverine Marsh SNA (within Waterloo-Mud Lake State Wildlife Area)
- Deansville Fen SNA (within Deansville State Wildlife Area)
- Fair Meadows & Koshkonong Corners SNA (privately owned)
- Faville Prairie SNA (owned by the UW-Madison)
- Goose Lake Drumlins SNA (within Goose Lake State Wildlife Area)
- Jefferson Tamarack Swamp SNA (within Jefferson Marsh State Wildlife & Natural Area)
- Lima Bog SNA (within Lima Marsh-Storr's Lake State Wildlife Area)
- Mud Lake Fen and Wet Prairie SNA (within Lake Mills State Wildlife Area)
- Red Cedar Lake SNA
- Rose Lake SNA (within Dorothy Carnes County Park)
- Snapper Prairie SNA (owned by the Madison Audubon Society)
- Texas Island Woods SNA (within Rome Pond State Wildlife Area)
- Waterloo Prairie SNA (within Waterloo-Mud Lake State Wildlife Area)
- Waterloo Quartzite Outcrops SNA (within Waterloo-Mud Lake State Wildlife Area)
One new property, the Crawfish Prairie Habitat Area will provide critically needed habitat for grassland birds and other related species and two State Natural Areas will be expanded.