TIFFANY WILDLIFE AREA has a very large abundance of wildlife habitat on more than 13,500 acres. It has the state's largest continuous bottom land hardwood forests. Timber harvests help to maintain the area's forestland of aspen and oak. This variety provides food and shelter for various wildlife such as deer, ruffed rouse and beaver. Dead trees are left standing to provide homes for the wildlife.
Some areas are periodically mowed and the DNR uses controlled burns to
maintain the grasslands and meadows. The burning of the
meadows enhances the prairies and savanna plants that existed long
before the white settlements.
Bottoms State Natural Area is a small portion of the most
extensive river delta in the Midwest and contains a representative
portion of the larger Tiffany Bottoms floodplain forest.
Hunting and fishing is allowed in Tiffany during hunting seasons.
It is a remote area that produces white tail deer, ruffed
grouse, turkey, squirrel and waterfowl. Fur bearing animals
such as beaver, otter, muskrat and raccoon are also common.
You do not need to be a hunter or fisherman to enjoy the benefits of
the Tiffany Wildlife Area. It is a most enjoyable place to be
able to go and just sit and watch the birds that are in existence.
The most memorable of all sightings in the area are of the
bald eagle, flying in its majestic beauty over the blue skies with
large billowy clouds. It is one sight that will remain with
you forever. Eagles, blandings turtle, massassaga
rattlesnake, red shouldered hawk, the great egret and three fish; The
crystal darter, river redhorse and blue sucker are on the endangered
species list. Many spring visitors come to the area to enjoy
the flowers that bloom there. Also a small railroad,
VALLEY MOTOR CAR ASSOCIATION runs through the area when the
weather is appropriate. The Tiffany Wildlife Area is a must
see in order to enjoy the wilderness in all its splendid beauty.
Motorized vehicles are not allowed. The trails are not marked
but the area is open to hiking, cross country skiing and nature study.
Primitive camping is allowed by permit only within Tiffany's
interior. No developed sites are available. Camping
permits are available at the DNR office in Alma, Wisconsin.
Call Kris Johansen in the Alma office 608-655-6222 or email him.