Willow River State Wildlife Area and Three Lakes National Waterfowl Production Area
Prairie potholes are small, shallow lakes that are somewhat rare in Wisconsin. Surrounded by open grassland, they are irresistible to marshland songbirds and waterfowl of all types. The Willow River SWA and Three Lakes are a collection of small lakes that attract Ruddy Ducks, Blue-wing, Northern Shoveler and Canada Geese in good numbers. Herons and egrets and gulls use the area along with Pied-billed Grebes. In the grasslands surrounding the potholes, you’ll find Sedge Wrens, Dickcissels, Bobolinks, Western Meadowlarks, and Common Yellow-throated Warblers, as well as Grasshopper Sparrows, Northern Harriers and Short-eared Owls.
Directions: Take Cty A north from Willow River State Park one mile to Burkhardt Rd. east to Cty E. Then follow E east for one mile. The lakes will be south of the road.
Gazetteer: Page 70, D-3 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 40, F-3 (10th edition).
Signature Species: Yellow-headed Blackbirds and Black Terns.
Seasonality: Open all year.
Parking: Parking lots provided.
Nearest food & lodging: Hudson, about 6 miles southwest.