Casey Lake Wildlife Area

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Area: 265 Acres

Hiking Difficulty: B, C

This property, known as the headwaters of the Kinnickinnic River, was acquired by the Wisconsin Department of Natural resources in two transactions. The first purchase of 210 acres occurred in 1974, and the second in 2009 added another 155 acres. On the east side of Casey Lake WMA, an earthen dike was installed to create a four acre shallow wetland that provides ample habitat for a variety of species.

 

Birds of Interest by Season:

Winter:

Snow Bunting, Snowy Owl, Gray-crowned Rosy Finch, Great Gray Owl

 

Spring:

Neotropical migrant songbirds

Summer:

Grassland Species: Bobolink, Sedge Wren, Eastern Meadowlark, Savannah Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Henslow’s Sparrow, Northern Harrier, Short-eared Owl

Forest Species: Red-Shouldered Hawk, Hairy Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Mourning Warbler, Ovenbird, Wood Duck, Wild Turkey

 

• Casey Lake is a shallow, winter-kill lake that provides ample habitat for wetland plants and wildlife, including shore birds, Blanding turtles, and singing frogs

• While it does not provide for sport fishing, Casey Lake is open to hunting, hiking, bird watching, and cross-country skiing

• Half a mile to the west of Casey Lake on private land, an active Great Blue Heron rookery can be spotted in the treetops. While visiting the Heron families, please keep your distance and view the rookery from the road.

• An active geocache is also located on the premises

Directions: From Baldwin, at the intersection of Hwy 63 and Hwy 12 (north) go north on Hwy 635 miles to 130th Ave.Turn west on 130th Ave and go 1.75 miles. Parking lot is on south side of road.

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