Sportsman Lake State Wildlife Area

Clark County owns this 1,200-acre wildlife area dominated by open marsh and grassy uplands. It’s a good place to learn your waterfowl and add some new species to your checklist. During spring and fall migrations it attracts a variety of waterfowl and wetland birds including Black Terns, Blackcrowned Night Herons, and Lesser Yellowlegs. Canvasback, Bufflehead, Northern Pintails and Ruddy Ducks can be seen here. The watershed also contains nesting Bald Eagles and a small flock of Prairie Chickens, so be sure to drive along the roads that circle the property. Wild Turkeys are seen year-round, while White-fronted and Snow Geese use the property in spring and fall.

Directions: From Owen, drive north 1.5 miles on Cty D, then west on Pine Road.

Sportsman Lake Wildlife Area map

Gazetteer: Page 62, A-4 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 56, A-3 (10th edition).

Phone: 715/ 743-5140 (Clark County Parks).

Signature species: Tundra Swan and American Woodcock.

Rare species: Least and American Bittern, Sora Rail and American Black Duck.

Parking: Parking lots.

Nearest food & lodging: Owen or Withee.