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Erickson Conservation Area

Located in Argyle, WI, the 220-acre Erickson Conservation Area is open to the public year round for non-motorized uses including hiking, bird-watching, nature observation, skiing, hunting, fishing and trapping. Vehicles are not permitted on the property but ample parking is available. Visitors will enjoy a variety of scenic vistas and habitat types including wetlands, Pecatonica River frontage, oak savanna, and prairie. Wildlife is abundant at Erickson Conservation Area! Be on the lookout for cranes, pelicans, turtles, frogs, foxes, deer, butterflies and other wildlife.

Alex and Mary Erickson sold this property to DALC in a bargain sale in 2012. They wanted to make sure that their extraordinary piece of land would become a community treasure, something for people from all walks of life, especially children, to enjoy. “Seeing this land protected so that it will inspire kids and the Argyle community has always been a dream of Alex’s,” notes Mary Erickson.

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Hunters must observe all state and local regulations. In particular, please note that firearms are not permitted in Argyle Legion Community Park or within 1000 ft of the school (map). We suggest hunters access the property at the Southwest Entrance.



The main entrance to the property is from the Argyle Legion Community Park. From the parking lot, walk west across the mowed area to the kiosk. Follow the boardwalk and start exploring the trails! 


Thank You

Protecting land starts with passion and vision. This community resource would not have been possible without the generosity of Alex and Mary Erickson. It is sustained by the stewardship of our many active volunteers for whom we are endlessly thankful. We also gratefully acknowledge support from the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund, the Paul E. Stry Foundation, the James E. Dutton Foundation, the Community Foundation of Southern WI, Americorps NCCC, and the Argyle community. 

Ron Endres, generous seed saver and volunteer. Photos by Mark Hirsch


A video history of the project:

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