Visitor Activities

Visitor Activities
  • Hunting


    Whittlesey Creek National Wildlife Refuge allows archery deer hunting and waterfowl hunting in designated portions of the refuge. Archery deer hunting is allowed in units larger than 20 acres and waterfowl hunting is allowed on refuge land east of State Highway 13. It is important to note that additional special regulations are in effect for hunting on the refuge. For more information, contact the refuge office.

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  • Fishing


    Fishing is allowed on Whittlesey Creek Refuge in accordance with state regulations. For more information, contact the refuge office.

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  • Wildlife Viewing

    Wildlife Observation

    If you enjoy getting outdoors and looking for wildlife, consider a visit to the refuge, especially during spring and fall migration. Refuge lands are important habitat for migrating warblers and other neotropical migrants. Chequamegon Bay, immediately adjacent to the refuge is a prime viewing area for migrating waterfowl. The Chequamegon Bay Birding and Nature Festival, held in May each year, is a great opportunity to experience guided tours in the local area.

  • Interpretation


    National wildlife refuges across the country provide opportunities for visitors to make their own connections to the natural world. Whittlesey Creek Refuge works in partnership with the other agencies in the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center to provide interpretive programs. Check out their website for more information on scheduling a program. 

  • Environmental Education

    Environmental Education

    National wildlife refuges serve many purposes and one of our most important is as outdoor classrooms to teach about the natural world. Whittlesey Creek Refuge’s education program focuses on increasing understanding of the ecological significance of the area and connecting local students with the incredible resources on the refuge. All activities are free and many are in partnership with other agencies at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center. Contact the refuge to schedule a program. 

  • Photography

    Wildlife Photography

    Perhaps the fastest growing activity on national wildlife refuges in the past ten years has been wildlife photography. That’s not surprising – the digital camera explosion and cell phones with ever-improving picture-taking abilities are increasing the number of nature photographers at a rapid rate. You don’t need to purchase expensive equipment or have any experience to get started. A small camera or basic cell phone will do just fine for most visitors.

    Explore your refuge for photography opportunities. During most times of the year you will have a great opportunity to capture the wonders of nature ranging from the summer explosion of wildflowers to the wonder of spring and fall migration.