Namekagon Barrens State Wildlife Area

One of the largest pine barrens in the state (5,200 acres) with some prairie and savanna, a few pockets of wetlands and a small lake. Among the scattered pines are long stretches of prairie. The property is known for Sharp-tailed Grouse, Upland Sandpipers, American Kestrels, Eastern Bluebirds and Bald Eagles.

Directions: The Namekagon Barrens lie in two lobes. To get to the southern unit, drive north 5 miles from Danbury on Hwy 35, then east 4.5 miles on Spring Brook Tr. To get to the northern lobe unit from the southern unit, head north 2 miles on Namekagon Tr., then 1 mile east on St. Croix Tr. You can park at a small lookout site or off side of the roads. This property is leased from Burnett County.

Gazetteer: Page 92, D-3 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 24, F-23 (10th edition).

Amenities: Lookout post.

Phone: 715/635-2101 (Spooner WDNR).

Web site: WDNR Namekagon Barrens State Wildlife Area

Signature Species: Sharp-tailed grouse.

Rarities: Upland Sandpipers and Brewer’s Blackbird.

Seasonality: Spring, summer and fall, with fewer viewing opportunities in winter.

Nearest food & lodging: Danbury, 10 miles southwest.