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Water Resources & Wildlife

Clark County has 590 miles of streams that are divided into three major river basins. They are the Chippewa Basin in the west, the Black River in the central, and the Wisconsin River in the eastern portion of the County. 

There are seven major impoundments that support a sport fishery. 
Lake Arbutus, Mead Lake, and the Black River provide the most diverse fisheries in Clark County.
Anglers can fish for:

  • Muskellunge

  • Northern Pike

  • Walleye

  • Largemouth Bass

  • Smallmouth Bass

  • Catfish

  • Bluegill

  • Crappie

  • Perch

  • Trout (Dickenson Creek in Butler Township is considered the best trout stream in Clark County)

Many of the impoundments in Clark County are also managed for waterfowl habitat. Sportsman's Lake, north of Owen and the Winx Flowage near Neillsville provide many acres of waterfowl breeding, nesting and wood rearing habitat. Mallards, teal and wood ducks, as well as geese, commonly utilize these areas. 

Clark County also has an abundant wildlife population which attracts many sportsmen to the area. Whitetail deer populations average 20-25 deer per square mile of deer range. While turkey populations have been increasing countywide with several zones of huntable numbers. There is also a healthy population of black bear in the county. Ducks, geese, and ruffled grouse are numerous and provide ample opportunity for hunters. 

Endangered Species
Clark County is also home to a number of Wisconsin's endangered species including:

  • Wood Turtle

  • Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake

  • Red-Shouldered Hawk

  • Blanding's Turtle    

  • Bald Eagle

  • Cooper's Hawk

  • Karner Blue Butterfly

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