Hunting, Fishing & Wildlife


The Washburn County Forest has abundant numbers of deer, bear, fisher, bobcat, coyotes, grouse and other game species. The road and access plan provides areas for those needing motorized travel to access hunting areas, and areas to hike into for a true backcountry experience


Numerous fishing opportunities exist on the County Forest for a wide variety of fishing experiences. The small lakes in the Birchwood area offer good fishing for bass and Panfish. The larger lakes in the northwestern part of the County provide excellent walleye, northern, and musky fishing. The Namekagon and Totogatic River are also excellent areas for Bass, Walleye and other game fish. Some lakes are also stocked with trout in certain areas.

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The County Forest is home to abundant numbers of nearly all game species common to Wisconsin. The exception is lack of pheasant and turkey, although turkeys are spotted more and more frequently on the County Forest. A wide variety of non-game species are also present. The County Forest is home to a number of wolf packs, eagles, and osprey.