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Outdoor recreation at the Powell Marsh Wildlife Area


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  • Cross-country Skiing
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  • Snowshoeing
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This wildlife area north of Lac du Flambeau is a popular destination for birdwatchers, hikers, winter sports enthusiasts, and hunters.

Scenic look at Powell Marsh Vilas County

About 10 miles north of Lac du Flambeau, visitors will discover a 4,300-acre wilderness ripe for exploration: The Powell Marsh Wildlife Area.

The wildlife area—operated and maintained by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources—consists of varied terrain, including wetlands, forests, and open-water flowages. It’s a popular destination for birdwatchers, hikers, winter sports enthusiasts and hunters.

Recreational opportunities include:

  • Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing: While there are no designated trails in the wildlife area, the property is open to skiers and snowshoers
  • Hiking: A scenic overlook is located at the north end of the marsh
  • Birdwatching: More than 200 species have been spotted at the wildlife area to date
  • Fishing: Limited fishing is available at Sherman Lake and Dead Pike Lake, which are both part of the property
  • Hunting: Powell Marsh is open to waterfowl and deer hunting in season; note that the area has an 850-acre no-entry wildlife refuge from September 1 to October 31

The Powell Trails, which offer loops of 1.8 to 5.1 miles for skiers, snowshoers, and hikers, are adjacent to the wildlife area’s western border inside the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest.

To get to the Powell Marsh Wildlife Area from Lac du Flambeau, take Highway 47 north to Powell Road; there are four designated parking areas on the site. Learn more and see a map of the property here.

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