Ringelstetter Wetland

An opportunity to extend wildlife habitat at the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway

The 154-acre Ringelstetter Wetland is an an incredibly rich complex of wetland and bottomland forest characteristic of the Lower Wisconsin River. Nestled within the Lower Wisconsin River Waterway, a wetland complex recently recognized as internationally important, the Ringelstetter family has nurtured this wildlife habitat for decades. This land is home to nesting Trumpeter Swans, Bald Eagles, and at least 4 species of waterfowl. Great Egrets may also nest here. Other notable wetland bird species that use this property include Black Tern, Virginia Rail (likely nesting), and migrating waterfowl such as Northern Pintail, American Wigeon, Gadwall, and Green-winged Teal.


Driftless Area Land Conservancy is working with local conservationists, the landowner, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to protect this land forever as publicly accessible wildlife habitat. An independent appraisal valued this property at $361,195. A Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund grant will cover half of the purchase price.

Thank you to all our donors for helping protect this special place forever!

Wildlife Highlights: 

  • Bald eagles

  • Trumpeter swans

  • Sandhill cranes

  • Beavers

  • Muskrats

  • Otters


Ringelstetter Wetland is a great place to hunt and view wildlife all year round!

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In 2019, the Lower Wisconsin River Waterway (44,000 acres) was recognized to be of international importance under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, an intergovernmental environmental treaty established in 1971 by UNESCO. Today there are over 2,400 Ramsar sites in 171 countries around the world.


Thank you so much for your support and generosity! 

Please consider donating to our general fund so we can work to get Ringelstetter ready for the public.