Richard J. Hemp State Fishery Area
This 1,375-acre site is one of the best warbler habitats in Wisconsin. Of the 30 species seen on the property, a total of eighteen have been documented as breeders. The combination of forested, river and wetland habitats makes this a special place. This site is considered semi-wilderness and is a great property to visit. The maple forests and river areas produce an exceptional spring wildflower display. Skunk cabbage bloom first (late winter) followed by marsh marigolds, may apples and trillium. The spring frog chorus can be deafening, as huge numbers of spring peepers, chorus, green and gray-tree frogs sing from spring through summer.
Directions: Located 3 miles north of Nelsonville. Access the property from Cty ZZ and Cty Z. From 3536 Cty ZZ, follow the gravel road just north of the mailbox .75 mile to the parking lot of the Northern Unit; trails run west and north. Or, travel Grayson Rd. to River Rd. and turn north 1 mile to a parking lot.
Gazetteer: Page 65, D-6 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 58, F-4 (10th edition).
Phone: 715/421-7800 (Wisconsin Rapids WDNR).
Web site: WDNR Richard J. Hemp State Fishery Area
Signature species: Blue-winged, Golden-winged Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Willow Flycatcher, Alder Flycatcher and Eastern Kingbird.
Rare species: Karner Blue
Butterfly, Golden Eagle, Common
Raven and Louisiana Waterthrush.
Parking: Parking areas.
Nearest food & lodging: Amherst Junction or Stevens Point.