Landowners at Badger
The former Badger Army Ammunition Plant comprised 7,354 acres at the base of the Baraboo Hills, located between Sauk City and Baraboo. Since its decommissioning, four major landowners have received land transfers:
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (3,385 acres). WDNR has named this parcel of state land the Sauk Prairie State Recreation Area (SPSRA). The SPSRA is open to the public, with some limitations. This map identifies locations within the property (since it is a confusing landscape!).
U.S. Department of Agriculture Dairy Forage Research Center (2,105 acres). The DFRC has been using land at Badger for many years, dating back to ownership by the Army. DFRC has a research facility south of Badger along Highway 78, and an office on the UW-Madison campus. Their land at Badger is used for row crop production, manure management and grazing experiments.
The DFRC land is NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Please be respectful of the property owner.
Ho-Chunk Nation (1,553 acres). The most recent transfer of land at Badger was to the Ho-Chunk Nation (December 2014). Badger lands represent ancestral homeland to the Ho-Chunk, who were subsequently displaced from the area. The land acquired by the Nation at Badger is called Mąą Wakącąk, or Sacred Earth . A large portion of the property will be restored and managed as native grassland.
The Ho-Chunk land is NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Please be respectful of the property owner.
Bluffview Sanitary District (163 acres). The municipality maintains a wastewater treatment facility inside the Badger property.
The Bluffview Sanitary District lands are NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Please be respectful of the property owner.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation owns the rail corridor that bisects the Badger property and is home to the Great Sauk State Trail.
Several town governments maintain old family cemeteries on the Badger property.