About the Refuge

About the District

The St. Croix Wetland Management District is located in eight counties in west central Wisconsin. The district was established in 1992 with the goal of providing wetland and grassland habitat for breeding waterfowl. 



The landscape of the St. Croix Wetland Management District transitions from the bluffs of the Mississippi River to prairie potholes to northern forest. The prairie pothole portion of the district is dotted with thousands of small wetlands, created by glaciers. Prior to settlement, this area was a paradise for waterfowl, bobolinks, meadowlarks, upland sandpipers and other prairie wildlife. When the first European settlers arrived in west central Wisconsin, in what is now St. Croix and Polk Counties, they found more than 200,000 acres of tallgrass prairie, wetlands and oak savanna. This complex of prairie, wetlands and oak savanna was very productive, both for wildlife and for farming.

Waterfowl production areas were created by an amendment to the Federal Duck Stamp Act in 1958. Scientists realized that these small pockets of habitat were vital to breeding waterfowl. This amendment gave the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service permission purchase small wetlands. Your purchase of a Federal Duck Stamp provides funds to acquire, oversee and manage waterfowl production areas and easements.



Directions, Address & Contact Info

Visitors are welcome to stop by the district office at 1764 95th Street, New Richmond, WI 54017. The office is located about two miles west of New Richmond, ¼ mile south of State Highway 64. The office is open Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., phone number 715-246-7784, email address: stcroix@fws.gov.