Riley Lake Wildlife Area

Located in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, this area is prime dancing ground for Sharp-tail grouse and is also home to upland game birds, songbirds, deer, bear and other wildlife. Contact the forest service to reserve a blind to view sharptail grouse. There is a boat ramp for 184-acre Riley Lake which has good fish populations of largemouth bass, panfish and northern pike.


From Hwy. 13 in Fifield, travel east on Hwy. 70 11.5 miles, go south on Forest Road 505/Hemlock Road 6 miles, then west on Forest Road 536 a 1/2 mile to Riley Lake.

Free Admission

  • Yes


  • On Water

Hunting Type

  • Deer
  • Duck
  • Goose
  • Turkey
  • Small Game
  • Black bear
  • Ruffed Grouse

Natural Attractions Type

  • Parks, Forests, Trails

Fishing style

  • Fly
  • Inland Lake / River

Fish Type

  • Largemouth Bass
  • Musky
  • Northern Pike
  • Panfish