Seal of Dane County County of Dane
Dane County Parks

Walking Iron Wildlife Area - Wetland Restoration

Property: Walking Iron Wildlife Area
Project Status: Active or in Progress
Schedule: Winter 2021 - Spring 2024 (detailed schedule below)

Dane County Parks is partnering with Ducks Unlimited and the US Fish & Wildlife Service on a ~300-acre wetland and prairie restoration in the Walking Iron Wildlife Area north of Amenda Rd. All project partners have worked together to apply for and secure grants and outside funding totaling half of the overall project cost.

The project includes the creation of several waterfowl scrapes (shallow pools) which will hold water most of the time. The project is designed so that it will not affect drainage/water levels outside of project boundary. Water control structures will control water elevations within the project area. A perimeter berm will serve as fire break and maintenance access. The entire project area will be seeded with native prairie and wetland plants.

Winter 2021-2022:  ~60 acres of upland prairie frost seeded
Spring 2023:  wetland construction
Winter 2023-2024:  remaining prairie and wetland frost seeded
Spring 2024:  completion



Joleen Stinson, Director
Dane County Parks Division
5201 Fen Oak Drive
Madison, WI 53718
(608) 422-0657