Whittlesey Creek National Wildlife Refuge is part of a large coastal wetland complex on the south shore of Lake Superior near Ashland, Wisconsin. The refuge was established in 1999 to protect, restore and manage coastal wetland and spring-fed stream habitat. Restoration of coaster brook trout populations, an anadromous fish native to Lake Superior, is a high priority for the refuge.

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National wildlife refuges offer us all a chance to unplug from the stresses of daily life and reconnect with our natural surroundings. When visiting Whittlesey Creek National Wildlife Refuge, you will have the opportunity to explore a variety of different habitats including wetland, riverine, forest and grasslands. Be sure to stop by the David R. Obey Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center where you can learn more about the historical, natural and cultural resources of the area through exhibits, murals, events, historical archives, trails and more.

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      Our Species

      You might catch a glimpse of coaster brook trout and migratory birds when you visit the refuge. These species depend on the streams and forests found throughout the refuge for spawning, nesting and brood rearing habitat. You might also see game and non-game animals like white-tailed deer and porcupine, as well as large and small mammals like beaver, muskrat and a variety of insects and herptiles.