30,098 acres of
Grantsburg's back yard!
If you like to be amongst nature then Crex Meadows, Burnett County Wisconsin is the place for you! There of miles of winding roads to give you a close up view as you drive through the heart of this massive wild land.
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|Over 85% of the operating budget for Crex Meadows is supplied through hunting license fees and Pittman-Robertson (PR) funds. PR funds are generated by an 11% excise tax levied on all hunting equipment sold throughout the country. This tax was originally proposed by sportsmen in 1937 as a means of supporting wildlife habitat acquisition and improvement. Since its creation, over $1.5 million in PR funds have been spent in developing and managing habitat on Crex.|
DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENTWildlife management efforts have resulted in extensive breeding populations of mallard, blue- and green-winged teal, and ring-necked ducks. Sharp-tailed grouse populations have increased considerably and a population of prairie chickens, which formerly inhabited these areas in large numbers, has been successfully reestablished.
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LOCATIONThe Crex Meadows Wildlife Area is located in west central Burnett County, one-half mile north of the Village of Grantsburg. Approaches to the area may be made via all-weather, hardsurfaced roads. County Trunk "F" borders on the west and north portions of the area and County Trunk "D" on the south portion. Grantsburg is accessible via State Highways 70 and 4887. Project headquarters are located at the southwest corner of Crex, just east of the junctions of County Trunks "D" and "F".
YESTERDAYThe Crex Meadows marshes were formed in the remains of old Glacial Lake Grantsburg. A lobe of the last advance of the Wisconsin glacier blocked the St. Croix River, forming the lake. When the ice dam melted a series of shallow lakes remained, eventually forming the marshes as we know them today. Prior to use by white settlers, the Fox, Dakota and Chippewa Indians used Crex extensively. Ducks, geese and sandhill cranes nested here and were hunted. Cranberries, blueberries and other wild fruits were common. Much of the upland was tall grass prairie.
Sometimes, the Visitors are the ones being watched!
Naturalists, students, photographers, birders and sightseers enjoy the spring and fall bird migrations. Large tour groups are common. Twohundred and fortyfive species of birds have been observed on Crex. Two great blue heron rookeries, nesting Canada geese, ospreys, sandhill cranes and several colonies of yellowheaded blackbirds are among the summer residents. Prairie mammals include the pocket gopher, Franklin's ground squirrel and the badger. Uncommon reptiles are the Blanding's turtle and the hognosed snake. During September, October and November the sight of many thousands of ducks and geese may be enjoyed. Both the bald and golden eagle are relatively common visitors to the area.
TODAYThe Crex Meadows Wildlife Area encompasses 30,098 acres. Eighty-nine percent of the area has been purchased to date.
Except for the refuge (2,399 acres), the entire area is open to public hunting and trapping. The objective of development has been to restore prairie waterfowl and prairie grouse habitat.
TOMORROWThe thirty years of effort thus far toward the restoration of Crex is just a beginning. The "new" Crex is in its infancy. More dikes and water control structures are needed; more clearing and more prescribed burning is necessary to restore and establish the prairie habitat to its full productiveness. Extensive waterfowl use has already resulted. Bands, attached to the birds, show that Crex has made a valuable contribution to the Mississippi flyway waterfowl populations. Future management programs, coupled with development of nearby marshes (Fish Lake Wildlife Area and Amsterdam Slough Wildlife Area), will further enhance waterfowl production, including ducks, geese and sandhill cranes.
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Most of the text on this page came from a
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Brochure.
Reference: brochure 'PUBL-WM-101 89REV.
This brochure should be available at any public information
display in the Grantsburg Area.