Douglas County Wildlife Area

Developed Recreational Area

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13028 South Bird Road, Gordon, WI 54838

The Douglas County Wildlife Area, more commonly known as the "Bird Sanctuary," is over 4,000 acres in size and is actively managed as a brush prairie habitat encompassing both County and Department of Natural Resources-owned lands.  The focal points of this area, aside from the miles of open fields scattered with wildflowers and wildlife perfect for nature viewing, are the stables, corrals, and clubhouse.  The log clubhouse, with its beautiful fieldstone fireplace, is available for rent and is a popular gathering place for youth groups, family parties, and educational activities.

Douglas County Wildlife Area Brochure (v2011)
Printed brochures are available by contacting the Douglas County Forestry Department.

Birddog Field Trial Events
Each fall, the Douglas County Wildlife Area hosts six or seven birddog field trial events.  Contact the Douglas County Forestry Department for information by phone  (715) 378-2219 or E-mail.

Horseback Trail System
In recent years, there has been a marked increase in the popularity of horseback riding in the Douglas County Forest.  Currently, the Douglas County Wildlife Management Area contains approximately 14 miles of designated horseback riding trails and stable facilities.  Additionally, all forest roads and trails that are open for motorized use are open for horseback riding.

Facility Rental
  • Person(s) must be at least 18 years of age to rent the facilities
  • Subletting is prohibited
  • Contact the Forestry Department by phone (715) 378-2219 or email to inquire on available dates and fees for renting the facilities located in the Bird Sanctuary

Standard Reservation Policy

A signed rental agreement and payment is due prior to the event or within 30 days of making the reservation, whichever is sooner.  If payment is not received, the reservation will be canceled.  No standing reservations will be accepted.  All reservations must be made in the same calendar year as the actual event.  Reservations are accepted at the Forestry Department Office on the first business day of each year.

Rolling Reservation Options for Dog Trial Groups, Organized Horse Groups, and Friends of the Bird Sanctuary

For organized groups only, we may request documentation to verify the authenticity of the organized group.  A signed contract and payment in our office is due by November 30th of the year prior or the reservation is permanently lost and dates will be available for other events.

You must make arrangements to pick up and return the clubhouse key at the Forestry Department Office during regular working hours, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  The office is closed on weekends and holidays.

Please note that ATV use is prohibited in the Bird Sanctuary, except on the Wild Rivers Trail, when the trail is open.

Douglas County takes pride in partnering with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Friends of the Bird Sanctuary in managing and improving the Douglas County Wildlife Management Area.