Buena Vista Prairie Chicken Meadow

  • 4798 130th Street S
  • Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
  • (608) 339-3385
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  • Winter recreation is available at the Buena Vista Prairie Chicken Meadow within the Buena Vista Grasslands. While there are no designated trails, there are undeniable winter views perfect for backcountry cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Southwestern Portage County. This area was formerly a marsh dominated by tamarack, black spruce, and cattails. In the early 1900s, it was drained for agricultural purposes. In the mid-1950s a successful partnership between the Department, Dane County Conservation League, and Society of Tympanuchus Cupido Pinnatus was created to purchase land specifically for management of grassland habitat for the greater prairie chicken (a state threatened species in Wisconsin) and other grassland dependent species. Buena Vista Grasslands is home to the largest concentration of greater prairie chickens in Wisconsin and represents one of the most extensive grasslands east of the Mississippi River. From the intersection of State Hwy. 54 and County Hwy. F, west of Plover, go south on County Hwy. F 6 miles, then east on Griffith Avenue 0.75 mile to the southern boundary of the natural area.
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    • Dogs Allowed:
    • Trail Surface:
      • Natural Trail
    • Type of Use:
      • Hiking