Rice Beds Creek Wildlife Area

Rice Beds Creek Wildlife Area
Rice Beds Creek Wildlife Area is a 3,181 acre property located in Polk County. It consists of rolling oak, aspen, and maple upland forest, lowland forest, stream, and ponds. Find it six miles northwest of Turtle Lake.

To reach the property, travel west of Turtle Lake five miles on Hwy 8 to Range. Travel north on Hwy D four miles to the intersection with Hwy V. Property can be accessed by traveling ½ mile east on Hwy V to a parking lot on the north side of the road. Hwy D borders the property on the west and has a parking area. Another way to access the property is, from Turtle Lake, travel north on Hwy T for seven miles to Hwy G. Travel west on Hwy G for two miles. There are five parking areas along Hwy G on the south side of the road.

Property History

Rice Beds Creek Wildlife Area was established in 1951 to acquire and protect deer wintering habitat. Later, the project was expanded for multiple use benefits such as upland game, waterfowl, and furbearers. The area is popular with deer and grouse hunters because of favorable habitat created by forest management.

Today, there is an active multiple use forest management program designed to benefit all wildlife but especially deer and ruffed grouse. A well maintained trail system is accessible from the main parking lot on Hwy G. Access is by foot traffic only.

Recreation Opportunities

  • Hunting
  • Trapping
  • Hiking
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Bird watching
  • Berry picking