Sandhill State Wildlife Area

Sandhill Crane standing in water / marsh; Sandhill Wildlife Area WI


  • Free Admission
    • Yes
  • Cross-Country Skiing/Snowshoeing Trail Type
    • Flat
    • Hilly
    • Open
    • Wooded
  • Natural Attractions Type
    • Parks, Forests, Trails
    • Wildlife Refuge & Reserves
  • Trail Length (miles)
    • 14
  • Toilets
    • Yes

Sandhill State Wildlife Area

1715 County Road X - Babcock, WI 54413
Information: 715-884-2437
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Over 9,000 acres, Sandhill State Wildlife Area was named for a series of gently rolling sandy ridges crisscrossing the property. Sandhill Wildlife Area lies within the bed of ancient Glacial Lake Wisconsin - an expansive region of flat, marshy land interspersed with forests covering parts of seven counties in central Wisconsin. Managed to sustain wildlife and natural communities, the property features low, sandy uplands of oak, aspen and jack pine forests, large marshes and many flowages.

A small herd of American bison, white-tailed deer, ruffed grouse, Canada geese, ducks, loons, bald eagles, sandhill cranes, shorebirds, songbirds, hawks, owls and furbearers find a great home here at Sandhill. Threatened or endangered species that call Sandhill Wildlife home include frosted elfin, Karner blue butterflies, Blanding's turtles, redheaded woodpeckers, whooping cranes, dotted blazing star, and dwarf milkweed.

Enjoy the Trumpeter Trail, a 14-mile one-way auto tour that provides opportunities for viewing and photos. You will find the land is a remote, quiet wildlife oasis amidst a bustling world dominated by people.

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