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Crex Meadows Wildlife Area


The 2015 Crex Meadows Nautre Photography Contest is under way - stop in to the visitor center to cast your vote for your favorite photos of Crex Meadows before August 16th  Over 150 photos were entered into the contest this year.

Map of Crex Meadows Wildlife Area (pdf file)

View our 9 minute movie about Crex Meadows Wildlife Area

Download our latest newsletter - Summer 2015 (print formatted)

Download our latest newletter - Summer 1015 (formated to read on small screens)

A part of Wisconsin's scenic Indianhead Country, the Crex Meadows Wildlife Area is located in beautiful Burnett County, just north of the Village of Grantsburg. At 30,000 acres, Crex is one of the largest state owned wildlife areas in Wisconsin.

This intensively managed property is home to over 270 species of birds, at least 86 butterflies, and 720 species of plants. A wide variety of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and insects also reside here. Originally part of the Wisconsin Pine Barrens, it is now the state's largest remaining portion of this globally endangered ecosystem. The rare sedge marsh and brush prairie habitats make the area a utopia for wildlife, which in turn, makes Crex a paradise for bird watchers, naturalists, botanists, hunters, and all other hearty explorers who are interested in the great bounty that nature offers.


This red-necked grebe family portrait was taken by Kathy Java on June 28th.  There are three chicks, one on each parent's back and one in the water between them. This family lives on Phantom Lake.

Check out eBird's HotSpot list of birds sighted at Crex Meadows!


  Donations are accepted by mail, directly at the visitor center with cash, check or credit card, or using PayPal.  Forms are available on the donations page for the various projects that you can donate to.  

Please be sure to indicate in the message space on your donation on the PayPal site what the designated purpose of your donation is; Endowment Fund, Land Acqusition Fund, Mess Hall Fund, General Fund, in memory/honor of someone, or for membership dues.   You can also send this information in a separate email to information@crexmeadows.org after the donation is made.


Most people are aware that the Wildlife Management Areas in Wisconsin, including Crex Meadows, Fish Lake, Amsterdam Sloughs and Danbury Wildlife Areas are funded primarily by hunting license fees and taxes on hunting ammunition and other equipment, but how can non-hunting wildlife enthusiasts support Crex Meadows and Wildlife Management?  Click here to learn how.

The visitor center is open from 8am - 4:30pm Monday-Friday.  We are open weekends (Sat and Sun) from 10am to 4pm through October. 

 Stop in for maps of the wildlife areas and to learn about recent wildlife sightings.  Of course, the Wildlife Areas are always open and there are no entry fees. 

We have many partners that share our vision and goal of conserving wildlife and public land, as well as educating the public about wildlife conservation.  Go to our Partners Page for info about these organizations.

Click to preview bookPhotography Blog by Al Mueller: Updated with a recent visit to Crex to view the sandhill cranes.

Al has put together a book of his Crex photos.  Go to his blog above for a preview and to order a copy.

Have a question?  Check out our FAQ page for answers about camping, hunting, hiking, horses, snowmobile and ATV use, where to see the cranes, and more!

Wisconsin Hunting and Trapping season dates and regulations can be found HERE. (exit to WI DNR website)

The 2014/2015 Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (
Federal Duck Stamp) is now available for purchase from the US Fish and Wildlife Service... or you can purchase it from the American Birding Association by clicking on the image below.




Friends Of Crex Inc

We send program and event updates and rare bird alerts to those who share their email address with us... if you are interested, please send an email to information@crexmeadows.org and ask that we add you to our list (we do not share our list with other groups, but we may forward announcements from other area wildlife groups, such as our local Audubon group).


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***This website is brought to you by the Friends of Crex, a non-profit organization

dedicated to SUPPORTING WILDLIFE AND WILDLIFE EDUCATION at the crex meadows complex***

FRIENDS OF CREX, INC.   102 EAST CREX AVENUE, GRANTSBURG WISCONSIN 54840   (715) 463-2739         www.crexmeadows.org

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