Don’t let the “fishery” part of the name fool you. Half Moon Lake Fishery Area, like a long list of state fisheries areas, is a true outdoor gem that’s about so much more than fishing.
Located in the far southwest corner of Jackson County on the Black River, the fishery area is within a half-hour drive of greater La Crosse and about an hour from Eau Claire. It’s near several State Natural Areas and the North Bend Bottoms Wildlife Area.
Half Moon Lake Fishery Area includes forested and lowland shrub wetlands and is classified as an Area of Special Natural Resource Interest, which informs management decisions. The river backwater is managed for warmwater fish species, and the property offers trapping opportunities as well as hunting for deer, small game, bear and turkey. Visitors also can enjoy hiking, bird and wildlife watching and cross-country skiing.
State fisheries areas are found throughout Wisconsin, with many recreational activities at these beautiful properties. For details and a county-by-county list of all fisheries areas, go to dnr.wi.gov/topic/lands/ FisheriesAreas.