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Duck Egg County Forest

At 707 acres, Duck Egg County Forest is managed for timber. But it’s also a flood control project on the North Fork of the Bad Axe River. The Duck Egg Flood Control Dam is large; its spillways and pools attract waterfowl and herons. Hiking trails take you up steep valleys to a hilltop overlook of the spillways. The wooded hillsides are filled with warblers in the spring and fall and the wooded countryside provides a colorful display in the fall.

Duck Egg County Forest map

Directions: From Hwy 27 in Viroqua, travel north 3 miles to Cty Y. Take Y west (left) for 7.5 miles to Irish Ridge Road and follow to marked entrance.

Gazetteer: Page 40, D-3 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 74, E-4 (10th edition).

Phone: 608/637-5480 (Vernon County Land and Water Conservation Department).

Web site: Vernon County Parks and Forests

Signature Species: Cooper’s Hawk, Bald Eagles and Eastern Bluebirds.

Seasonality: Open all year.

Parking: Parking lot provided.

Nearest food & lodging: Viroqua, 10 miles southeast.