Richard J. Hemp Fishery Area is a 1,372 acre property located 3 miles north of Nelsonville. Access is off of River Road, Hwy Z and Hwy I. The property consists of trout stream corridor, lowland forest (swamp conifer and bottomland hardwoods), and mixed hardwood forest.
This 1,375-acre site is one of the best warbler habitats in Wisconsin. of the 30 species seen on the property, a total of eighteen have been documented as breeders. The combination of forested, river and wetland habitats makes this a special place. This site is considered semi-wilderness and is a great property to visit. The maple forests and river areas produce an exceptional spring wildflower display. The spring frog chorus can be deafening, as huge numbers of spring peepers, chorus, green and gray-tree frogs sing from spring through summer. Signature species of birds include: Blue-winged, Golden-winged & Hooded Warblers, Willow & Adler Flycatchers and Eastern Kingbird. Rare species of bird include: Karner Blue Butterfly, Golden Eagle, Common Raven & Louisiana Waterthrush.
Located 3 miles north of Nelsonville. Access the property from Cty ZZ and Cty Z. From 3536 Cty ZZ, follow the gravel road just north of the mailbox .75 mile to the parking lot of Northern unit; trails run west and north. Or, travel Grayson Rd. to River Rd. and turn north 1 mile to a parking lot.