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Hanten Waterfowl Production Area


Area: 170 Acres

Hiking Difficulty: B

Hanten WPA was purchased by the US Fish and Wildlife Serviceinthe1970’s, after three generations of ownership by the Luehman family. A pioneer grave site stands on the hill north of main wetland, or as the locals call it, “Spiritual Hill,” indicating that this area has a rich history that dates far back into the 19th Century. In the 1940’s, a cow yard hugged the water’s edge. It was common to see cattle cooling off from the summer heat and ducks wading all in one area. The cow yard was vast and boasted some of the most beautiful flowers in the county.

Birds of Interest: Blue-Winged Teal, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Trumpeter Swan, Bobolink, Eastern Meadowlark, Eastern Kingbird and Orchard Oriole.

• Hanten WPA features a beautiful stand of White Oak on the north side in addition to a peppering of oak trees throughout the savanna, providing ample habitat for nesting songbirds and waterfowl

• You can find puddle ducks dabbling for food in the shallow portion of the south wetland, or Blue-winged Teal and Northern Shoveler in the smaller north wetland in the spring

• Since this WPA is surrounded by wetlands, waterfowl flying overhead is a common sight

Directions: From the village of Star Prairie, go 2.5 miles east on County Road H. Turn north onto County Road CC. The WPA is on the east side of the road.

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