Tichigan State Wildife Area

This 1,521-acre wildlife area is comprised of river, marsh, farmland and forest. It includes the northwestern shores of Tichigan Lake. Unusual wildlife includes Blanding’s turtles. Bird life includes Great Egrets, Least Bitterns, and terns. A large impounded area is flooded for wildlife in the fall, making it a great place to see Green and Blue-winged Teal, Wood ducks and mergansers. In the spring, the drawdown of the water leaves exposed mudflats that are used by many species of shorebirds, including Wilson’s Phalaropes and White-rumped Sandpipers.

Directions: From Waterford, take Hwy 20/83 west 0.5 mile to Buena Park Road, then north 1.5 miles to Ranke Rd, then west 1 mile to the property. Other access points are also available.

Tichigan State Wildlife Area map

Gazetteer: Page 30, B-4 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 95, B-5 (10th edition).

Phone: 262/884-2300 (Wisconsin DNR).

Web site: WDNR Tichigan State Wildlife Area

Signature species: Waterfowl, American Woodcock, and Sandhill Crane.

Rare species: Northern Mockingbird and Snowy Owl.

Seasonality: Open all year.

Parking: Parking lots.

Nearest food & lodging: Waterford.