Popple Creek/Wilson Flowage & Riley Lake Wildlife Area

Popple Creek Trail leads wildlife watchers along a 266-acre glacial ridge to an expansive vista of Wilson Flowage where waterfowl and wetland wildlife abound. At Riley Lake you can see Sharp-tailed Grouse in courtship displays in early spring. This area is also home to upland game birds, songbirds, deer, bear and other wildlife. Schedule the use of blinds to observe the birds by contacting the Forest Service.


These are two sites separated by about three miles; both lie in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest about 12 miles east of Fifield. Popple Creek/Wilson Flowage: From Fifield drive east 12 miles on Hwy. 70, turn south for 6 miles on Riley Lake Road (FR 137), then 1/4 mile west on Gates Lake Road (FR 137). Or from Phillips go northeast on County Road H about 10 miles then north on Popple Creek Road about 4 miles.

Free Admission

  • Yes


  • On Water
  • Pets Welcome/Inquire

Natural Attractions Type

  • Parks, Forests, Trails
  • Scenic Vistas

Fishing style

  • Fly
  • Inland Lake / River

Fish Type

  • Largemouth Bass
  • Musky
  • Northern Pike
  • Panfish

Hunting Type

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