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Wauzeka BottomsState Natural Area

Wauzeka Bottoms is owned by the DNR and was designated a State Natural Area in 1989.


Wauzeka Bottoms State Natural Area, a 879-acre preserve, is in Crawford County near the Wisconsin River.

Activities Allowed

  • Hiking
  • Showshoeing
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Wildlife observation
  • Hunting
  • Trapping
  • Fishing
  • Scientific research (permit required)
  • Outdoor education
  • Wild edibles
  • Pets

Activities NOT Allowed

  • Camping and campfires
  • Collecting of animals (other than legally harvested species), non-edible fungi, rocks, minerals, fossils, archaeological artifacts, soil, downed wood, or any other natural material, alive or dead.
    Collecting for scientific research requires a permit issued by the DNR
  • Collecting of plants including seeds, roots or other non-edible parts of herbaceous plants such as wildflowers or grasses
  • Drones: Flying-related activities, including the use of drones, hang-gliders and model airplanes, are prohibited.
    Permission may be issued by the SNA Program for the use of drones for educational or research purposes.
  • Geocaching
  • Horseback riding
  • Rock climbing
  • Vehicles, including bicycles, ATVs, aircraft, and snowmobiles except on trails and roadways designated for their use
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Wauzeka Bottoms SNA

Part of the Lower Wisconsin Riverway, Wauzeka Bottoms contains an extensive stand of mature floodplain forest on the north side of the Wisconsin River.

You can access the SNA by canoe or boat from the boat landing in Wauzeka, or directly across the Wisconsin River from the Woodman boat landing, which is located two miles west of Woodman on State Trunk Highway 133.