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Chiwaukee Prairie State Natural Area in Pleasant Prairie

Activities: Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Wild Edibles Gathering, Wildlife Viewing


Totaling 477 acres, Chiwaukee Prairie is one of the largest prairie complexes in the state and the most intact coastal wetland in southeastern Wisconsin. Substantial portions of the property are fragmented by residential development. Two larger parcels at the south and north ends—Chiwaukee Prairie and Kenosha Dunes respectively—offer the best opportunities for recreation and enjoyment of nature (these are indicated in green on the map.)


The Kenosha Dunes portion contains open and stabilized sand dunes as well as grassland and ponds. The lakeshore has been buttressed with riprap. Kenosha Dunes has been identified as an ebird hotspot. More information and photos on the Kenosha Sand Dunes page.


The prairie contains an exceptional diversity of wildlife, including rare and geographically restricted plants, amphibians, reptiles, birds, invertebrates, and mammals. More than 75 species of grassland and wetland birds have been observed during the breeding season. Recognized as a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service and designated a State Natural Area.


The DNR allows the following activities: birding, cross country skiing, hiking, hunting, trapping, wild edibles/gathering and wildlife viewing. There are no picnic areas, restrooms, or other facilities.



For more information, including hunting regulations, go to the DNR website.

For WDNR map click here.


Story links:

Chiwaukee Prairie: If You Restore It, They Will Come

Touring Chiwaukee Prairie State Natural Area


Gallery (click to enlarge)


Al Kampert Trail
53158, Pleasant Prairie, wi, US