Crex Meadows Wildlife Area

Waterfowl at Crex Meadows Wildlife Area

Waterfowl at Crex Meadows Wildlife Area

This state-owned, 30,000-acre complex of marsh, woodlands and prairies is located in Burnett County north of Grantsburg. Crex Meadows features colonies of nesting herons, breeding eagles and osprey, sharp-tailed grouse and trumpeter swans, Karner blue butterflies and Blanding's turtles as well as large concentrations of sandhill cranes, waterfowl and eagles in the fall. The Crex Meadows Visitor Center offers a number of educational events/workshops throughout the year including photo club, snowshoeing, birding, camps, little wildlifers, and more.

Hours of Operation

Open daily, year-round.


Directions: The Crex Meadows Visitors Center is located at the corner of county roads D and F just north of Grantsburg. The property spreads north and east, covering 30,000 acres. A paved parking lot is located at the visitors center, with grass parking areas scattered throughout the property.


  • Pets Welcome/Inquire
  • Disabled Access
  • Camping


  • Yes

Hunting Type

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


  • Yes

Cross-Country Skiing/Snowshoeing Trail Type

  • Flat
  • Open

Natural Attractions Type

  • Wildlife Refuge & Reserves

History/Heritage Type

  • Wisconsin History