Thunder Lake State Wildlife Area

2,700 acres of sedge meadow, barrens, bog lakes and tamarack forest. This area is large, wild and filled with interesting birds. Known as a hotspot for birds, one can find Hermit and Swainson’s Thrushes, and Northern Saw-whet Owls. Over 20 species of Warblers nest in the area and in the winter, flocks of grosbeaks, crossbills, Common Redpolls, and Pine Siskins can be seen.

Thunder Lake State Wildlife Area map

Directions: From Three Lakes travel north 1 mile on Hwy 32, turn west on Rice Lake Road – the property begins 0.5 mile from Hwy 32.

Gazetteer: Page 89, B-7 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 37, C-5 (10th edition).

Phone: 715/356-5211 (Wisconsin DNR).

Web site: WDNR Thunder Lake State Wildlife Area

Rarities: Northern Hawk Owl, Yellow Rail, Short-eared Owl, LeConte’s Sparrow.

Seasonality: Limited access in winter and early spring.

Nearest food & lodging: Three Lakes, 3 miles southeast.